The Corridor Tax? Problems in the World of Business Rates Assessment

12th October 2017

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Do I really need to read an article about business rates? Well possibly. Read on. Does your business occupy two or more rooms or floors of a building where those rooms/floors are separated by common areas (hallways, staircases, lifts)? No? … Continue reading

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Compliance with Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards – Commercial landlords, it’s time to review your property portfolio

20th September 2017

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In January 2017 we reported on the new Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015, known in the property industry as Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES). The regulations will be coming into force from 1 April 2018 … Continue reading

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Boundary and Rights of Way Disputes – A Better Way To Resolve Them

20th September 2017

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Without attracting much attention, a new piece of legislation that will improve the way in which we resolve boundary disputes is making its way through Parliament. The Property Boundaries (Resolution of Disputes) Bill looks set to come into force in … Continue reading

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Two Cornish creative agencies have joined forces in order to grow business on a national and international scale

25th July 2017

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Leap, based in St Austell, and Truro-based MPAD will collaborate on projects in the charity, health, education and sustainability sectors. The alliance was forged by Leap creative director, Matt Hocking, and MPAD counterpart, Mark Picken. Hocking, said: “Mark and I … Continue reading

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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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