Strange new world: that was the title of a piece I wrote in 2011, commenting upon unusual and unexpected new entrants into the lending market. The traditional lenders, banks, were, for the most part, on the floor and rich entities were taking their place. The stock market was sluggish and… Continue reading →
An inspection of the lease shows the property issues may be fairly clear-cut, the intellectual property issues less so. You know that you are a dyed-in-the-wool lawyer when, hearing about the sale of a Banksy artwork carefully carved out of the side of a Poundland in Wood Green, North London,… Continue reading →
Uncertainty is only good for legal advisers and insurers —certainly not for the developer or the affected party. It was not at all surprising to see that the Law Commission has opened a consultation on rights to light. The current situation has been untenable for some time, creating too much… Continue reading →
Lawyers must be sure their clients with land interests are insured against wildlife-related hold-ups. Now we all know the answer to the question ‘why did the newt cross the road?’ – because it had to use the £1m superhighway built for it by the developer. This story of a hijacked… Continue reading →
Protected species such as newts and bats can hold up developers for weeks. Please click here to read the full article published in The Guardian.
The government has left local planning in a state of confusion by replacing 1,000 pages of planning policy with 50 – only legal experts, not the community, will benefit. Please click here to read the full article published in The Guardian.
Watching last night’s episode, the last in the series, I found my mind straying away from legal issues and instead enjoyed the humour of pulling together a decent cricket team from nothing. Maybe it brought back happy memories of trying to achieve similar feats myself. How many of us, perhaps… Continue reading →
Well, it’s all hotting up now isn’t it? Bates’s return may have made Anna’s day, but it ruined poor Thomas’s (sorry, Mr Barrow’s). Overlooking Thomas’s misdemeanour with Jimmy for now, Lord Grantham seems certain to want Bates back as his valet, but how will he go about this? Is he… Continue reading →
Was it just me, or was the overarching theme of this week’s episode ‘prejudice’? Lord Grantham seems to epitomise the definition of “one prone towards making baseless and often negative judgements formed beforehand without knowledge or examination of the facts”. But he is not alone – look at Mr Carson’s… Continue reading →
As Downton Abbey continues the legal ramifications at the estate rack up. Five episodes into the new series and we have already seen a birth, marriage and death. Sunday night’s [14 October 2012] tear jerker was a salient reminder that life rarely runs to plan. Yet in the context of… Continue reading →