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Negotiating a new commercial lease and the importance of break clauses

A break clause is a contractual provision in a commercial lease which allows either the landlord or the tenant to terminate a lease early. Break clauses are one of the most significant landscapes during negotiations for grant of a new commercial lease. From a tenant points of view, a break clause offers flexibility, depending on […]

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Marks & Spencer grows its business through a Joint Venture

Marks & Spencer and Ocado have recently announced that they will be participating in a joint venture allowing shoppers to purchase the full range of Marks & Spencer food products online for home delivery.  Marks & Spencer had been considering online sales for some time but had neither the software nor the infrastructure to implement […]

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Client awarded £167,021 in compensation against the Embassy of the State of Qatar

Judge orders Embassy of the State of Qatar to pay £167,021 in compensation and £20,000 in legal costs to Mr Ahmed after he was successful in his claims for race discrimination and harassment. The Tribunal also made a number of significant recommendations under the Equality Act 2010. A remedies hearing took place today at the […]

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A DRAMATIC SHIFT IN PRIVATE RENTING?

The Government has recently released their response to the consultation on “Overcoming the Barriers to Longer Tenancies in the Private Rented Sector”.  The paper makes various observations on the consultation process that was undertaken and introduces a “generational change” by repealing the ability of a landlord to serve a s21 Notice providing the tenant with […]

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NO IS NOT AN ANSWER…

AND always be prepared. Two sayings that should be in every lawyer’s arsenal and can result in big wins for you and your client. The Litigation team at Axiom Stone are instructed by a group of leaseholders involved in responding to a claim by their freeholder to determine the reasonableness of service charges claimed in […]

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5 Legal Points to Consider When Buying a Commercial Property for Investment

1. Tenure (Freehold or Leasehold) Is it freehold or is it leasehold? This is usually one of the first questions asked by your Lawyer when instructed. Both types of transactions come with various risks and rewards. Proper due diligence on leasehold properties is a must – this will reveal potential issues such as any restrictions on […]

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The Importance of Proper Service – Statutory Demands

A statutory demand is a written demand for payment of a debt served on either an individual or a company. A statutory demand is not to be mistaken for a formal court document; it does not need to be issued at the court, nor does it initiate court proceedings. It does however express a clear […]

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Windrush: What now?

“People who arrived in the UK many years ago and do not have documentation confirming their immigration status have faced difficulties in proving their right to work, to rent property and to access benefits and services to which they are entitled. The Government has apologised to people in this position and has made a commitment […]

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Digital Estate Issues : How do 200-year old laws deal with Facebook and Bit_Coin?

Introduction Imagine, a person, all of whose assets are on-line. Mobile banking and on-line investments, email accounts, social media articles, bitcoin and cryptocurrency. Not an implausible scenario, and therefore the inevitable being the inevitable, what happens in the event of such a person’s death. Especially when their will says nothing about their digital assets or […]

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Holding UK property in an overseas company used to be practical & popular planning for non-domiciled individuals for IHT purposes

Historically, by holding UK residential property in an off-shore company, a non-domiciled/non-deemed domiciled individual ensured that the property was not included in his estate for inheritance tax purposes. Non-UK domiciled individuals previously only paid inheritance tax on UK real property. By holding the UK residential property via an offshore company, the assets the individual held […]

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Alarm Bells are Ringing – Identity Fraud in Property Transactions

On 15 May 2018 the Court of Appeal (“CAPP”) delivered its hotly anticipated findings in the joint appeals of Dreamvar (UK) Limited v Mischon De Reya and Mary Monson Solicitors and P&P Property Limited v Owen White & Caitlin LLP and Crownvent Limited.  The first instance decisions in both cases caused considerable alarm in the […]

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Energy Performance Certification

There has been a considerable amount of legislation in recent years which stems from the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) (Directive 2002/91/EC) of the European Parliament and theEuropean Union (EU) dated 16 December 2002. The Climate Act Bill became law on 26th November 2008 and aims to enable the UK to become a low-carbon economy […]

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Tier 2 and Tier 5 Sponsors: your sponsorship duties simplified

Your sponsorship duties may seem onerous however with a little care, there really is no reason to be caught short during your UKVI inspections.  Failure to meet your sponsorship duties can lead to your licence being downgraded, suspended or at worst, revoked.  Having done the hard work in obtaining your licence, we at Axiom Stone […]

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The Tory Manifesto: 
What future does it determine for Personal Injury?

The United Kingdom General Election 2017 polling has been a popular topic for discussion for most. Each party has presented their Manifesto and respective ideas in which they wish to better our country. Their notions impact all industries, predominantly focused on matters of immigration, health, housing, taxation and of course, BREXIT(*1). However, the Tory Government […]

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A Successful Appeal To The Judicial Committee Of The Privy Council In A Dispute With Digicel Jamaica Ltd

Axiom Stone acted for the Fair Trading Commission of Jamaica on its successful appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in a dispute with Digicel Jamaica Ltd. Judgment was given on 24 August 2017. Prior to 2000 there was only one provider of telecommunications services in Jamaica but the Telecommunications Act of that […]

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