Directors Disqualification : Compensation Orders

Article published on 11 January 2017

Major changes were introduced in 2015 to the law on Company Directors Disqualification. Amongst the changes introduced by the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (“SBEE”), the courts were given the power to make a Compensation Order against an individual who has already been disqualified as a director under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 (CDDA) by a court order or having given an undertaking.

What is Parental Responsibility?

Article published on 16 May 2016

Parental Responsibility or PR means all of the rights, duties, powers and responsibility which a parent has in relation to the child and their property. These rights exist so that a parent can carry out their parental duties. There is no definitive list of these rights and duties as they will change throughout a child’s life however some common examples include, but are not limited to:

Signing the Divorce papers

Article published on 16 May 2016

When one party has decided to start Divorce proceedings there can be a worry that if they do, their spouse will refuse to “sign the papers”. It is not uncommon when a relationship breaks down for one party to feel that the other will cause significant difficulties when a Divorce Petition is issued.

When does checking up on your partner cross the line?

Over the past 20 years the law has increasingly sought to control abusive behaviour within domestic relationships. There was a time when police demonstrated the greatest reluctance to turn out for what might have been considered “a domestic” – a disturbance, or worse, within the family home.

domestic abuse harassment serious crime act 2015

Deregulation Act 2015

Tenancy Deposits - where are we now and why is 24 June 2015 important?

Landlords trump Administrators in Court of Appeal decision

Landlords trump Administrators in Court of Appeal decision.

Article by Peter Byfield - 26 February 2014

In what has been described as a ground-breaking decision this week, the Court of Appeal has ruled on how and when rent is to be paid to commercial landlords following the Administration of a tenant.

Landlord and Tenant – Termination of Assured Shorthold Tenancies

Landlord and Tenant – Termination of Assured Shorthold Tenancies

Court of Appeal rules again on section 21 notices

Article by Peter Byfield - 6 February 2014

In Spencer v Taylor [2013] EWCA Civ 1600 the Court of Appeal has taken time, once again, to examine the provisions of section 21 Housing Act 1988, a subject dear to the heart of many private and social landlords.

Lease expiry

Key points on Lease Expiry

The best practice to prevent a Tenant acquiring rights under the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954 (1954 Act) on the expiry of a lease contracted out of the 1954 Act is the following:-

1.The landlord (including its agents) should not to demand or collect any payment (whether as rent, mesne profits or otherwise) in respect of any period after the lease has expired;

2.The landlord’s solicitors should send an open letter demanding possession of the property to the former tenant that has remained in occupation of the property;

Break clauses in commercial leases

Checklist: Break clauses in commercial leases

What is a break clause?

A break clause can be included in a fixed-term lease allowing either you or your landlord to terminate the lease early. Exercising a break clause brings the lease to an end. However, where the landlord breaks the lease, there is legislation in place that may allow your business to remain in the property after the lease has ended.

Non payment of rent!

This checklist sets out the key issues that a landlord should be aware of if a tenant fails to pay the rent due under the terms of a commercial lease: