A Side Letter to a Lease; a valuable accessory for Vivienne Westwood

3rd July 2017

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When negotiating a lease, a landlord may agree to certain concessions to attract and secure a desirable tenant.  The agreement is often personal between the landlord and tenant, and documented by way of confidential side letter.  In the recent case … Continue reading

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The dangers of agreeing to agree

22nd June 2017

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The feeling is a familiar one during many drawn out contract negotiations: time is marching on, both sides just want to finish the process but the important logistical details are just not being agreed upon. The temptation to leave various … Continue reading

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Granting a lease to oneself

26th May 2017

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English law does not permit a landowner to grant a lease to him or herself. A lease is a tenancy agreement based upon an agreement between two people and contains covenants made by one person with the other. The logic … Continue reading

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Recruitment and Retention in Smaller Firms

22nd May 2017

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With smaller recruitment budgets and smaller budgets for staff extras, there’s no doubt that smaller firms like Murrell Associates can’t compete on salaries or financial rewards with large firms. We are a specialist corporate and property firm with 11 fee-earners … Continue reading

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The Food and Drink Sector Post-Brexit

12th June 2017

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The long-term effects of last summer’s ‘Brexit’ vote are almost impossible to predict in terms of our relationship with the European Union but the one already visible by-product is the weakening in the pound. The falling pound creates problems for … Continue reading

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The difficulties of implied terms

22nd March 2017

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When entering into any kind of contract it is essential to expressly include clauses on all matters that are crucial to the parties and the arrangement at hand. Unfortunately this does not always happen. Where a contract is silent on … Continue reading

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Electronic signatures

9th March 2017

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For years, it has been common place for modern commercial lawyers to accept scanned copies of ‘wet ink’ signatures to exchange and complete agreements remotely to avoid the need to have all parties present in the same room. However until … Continue reading

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The Importance of Good Plans for Land Registry Applications

30th January 2017

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When you are dealing with transactions involving a property it is common to submit various applications to the Land Registry. Whether you are making an application for registration or carrying out a search on the property, you will need to … Continue reading

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Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

27th January 2017

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Brief Property: Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards It’s just over a year before new regulations covering energy efficiency of properties come into force. The minimum EPC rating – Level E – will apply to all new leases from 1 April 2018 … Continue reading

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Murrell Associates’ client Classic Cottages has expanded its portfolio with the acquisition of Wight Locations on the Isle of Wight

27th January 2017

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This latest acquisition – the second in 12 months – sees Classic’s parent company, Worval Holdings, grow to become the second largest privately-owned holiday cottage company in the UK. Worval, whose brands include Aspects, Boutique Retreats, Classic Glamping and, at … Continue reading

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