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A Charity World Record Attempt Full of Ups and Downs

Ian Riley
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By day I am a solicitor, and Head of Commercial Property at Fishers Dewes Solicitors. By night I am hoping to become a world record holder! In fact, all night and all day. Let me explain: Who: 8 members of Ashby Round Table (of which I am one) What: 25...

When must a developer provide Affordable Housing?

Ian Riley
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The question on many smaller scale developer’s lips for some time has been “how many units can I build without paying for/providing affordable housing?” After a period of uncertainty, we now have a very clear message following a recent...

VAT: Concern over Transfer of a Going Concern (TOGC)

Ian Riley
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HMRC v Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health, and Coleridge (Theobalds Road) Ltd Earlier this year a court case decision on VAT in a commercial property transaction has fundamentally changed the manner in which many transactions will be...

Unwanted "Neigh"-bours New Law for Owners and Occupiers

Ian Riley
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Landowners and occupiers have been given power to deal with fly-grazing horses more efficiently by virtue of the Control of Horses Act 2015. This is not just of benefit to agricultural clients, because fly-grazing does not only occur in the countryside. I...

Lease Break Clause: Marks & Spencer Exercised an Expensive Exit

Ian Riley
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Break clauses are fairly common in leases. They give the tenant some flexibility, enabling them to bring the lease to an end early and walk away from the lease liabilities (payment of rent, repairing the property etc.). They may need to do so because...

A developer's home is the community's castle

Kevin Lynch
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On the 21st of September 2012 a part of the Localism Act 2011 was brought into force which was designed to further empower communities so they can have a greater say and involvement in what happens within their community. The consequence of this Act in...

Autumn Statement 2013: A Look at The Key Property Issues

Ian Riley
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Last week’s Autumn Statement contained a number of announcements which affect the property industry. Here are a few key issues which affect my work as a commercial property solicitor: Planning Ordinarily planning permission is required to change the...

Restrictive Covenant - isn't it a nuisance?

Ian Riley
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Do you think that a new school being built near to your house would be a nuisance or an annoyance? Well, we all know children are generally quite noisy and it’s a fair assumption there will be increased traffic, therefore increased...