Commercial Client News

Twelve Month Reprieve on Construction Industry VAT ChangesDecember 10, 2019

The introduction of the new VAT domestic reverse charge for construction services, originally due this October, has been postponed until October 2020. The extended timeframe comes...

High Court Umpires Fierce Row Over Pharmaceuticals Company’s FutureNovember 29, 2019

Shareholder disagreements as to the direction a company should take are generally fought out behind closed doors. However, as a High Court case concerning the...

Upper Tribunal Paves Way for Former Corporate HQ’s Conversion Into 114 FlatsNovember 21, 2019

Record employment levels mean strong demand for office space, but the need for more new homes is perhaps even more pressing. A case concerning proposals...

Vegetarianism is Not a Protected Characteristic, ET RulesNovember 18, 2019

People have all sorts of reasons for choosing not to eat meat, and that prompted an Employment Tribunal (ET) to rule that vegetarianism is a...

Can Wild Animals Ever Be Owned By Anyone? Novel High Court RulingNovember 13, 2019

It may seem obvious that no one can own a wild animal. However, in a novel case of interest to property professionals – and anglers...

Legal Landscape is Complex When Tenants Seek to Buy Freehold of FlatsNovember 8, 2019

Flat tenants in certain circumstances have the right to band together and acquire the freehold of the blocks in which they live. However, as a...

Employers Cannot Be Forced to Re-Engage Unfairly Dismissed WorkersOctober 31, 2019

Can Employment Tribunals (ETs) or the courts force employers to re-engage employees who have been unfairly dismissed? In a ground-breaking decision, the Court of Appeal...

A Contract Is What it SaysOctober 28, 2019

When you enter into a contract, you are agreeing to be bound by what it says, not by what you think it means. Only rarely,...

High Court Overturns Planning Decision for Bungalows DevelopmentOctober 24, 2019

It may come as a surprise to many that local authorities are under no statutory obligation to give reasons for their planning decisions. However, as...

Copycat Design Proves Expensive for RetailerOctober 22, 2019

There is almost nothing more frustrating for businesses than to see their successful products imitated by rivals. However, as a High Court case showed, expert...

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