Freehold purchase price lease extension buying freehold

Freehold Purchase – Top 10 Facts for individual house owners. Manchester, London, UK Wide, Lease Enfranchisement. Historically the word “enfranchisement” meant “liberation from imprisonment or slavery” in relation to people. Used in the modern-day context of property ownership, “enfranchisement” refers to the release from control by the freeholder. Owning a leasehold refers to renting property for a limited period of time, for a specified rent, and on terms contained in the lease. Like the terms of any contract, if the terms of the lease are breached then there are consequences. However, … Read More

Commercial Litigation – Top 10 Tips

Best Commercial & Civil Litigation Solicitors in Manchester & London

Our Top 10 Tips for fast, cost-effective and sensible dispute resolution A dispute is not welcomed but for a business they are a fact of life and a law suit does not have to mean financial crisis for a successful business. When managing litigation, follow these 10 tips to help keep costs low and ensure everything goes the way you want it to. 1. Be Prepared Ensure you review all the relevant documents and understand the testimony of all applicable witnesses. Knowing the facts of your case and the controlling … Read More


Blight Notice, HS2 Rail, Compulsory Purchase Order, CPO Solicitors Manchester & London

BLIGHT: ARE 2 PROPERTIES SEPARATED BY A LANE A SINGLE HEREDITAMENT Case: Harding and another v Secretary of State for Transport [2017] UKUT 135 (LC) (05 April 2017) (Bailii). The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) has considered whether two properties separated by a lane should be treated as a single hereditament for the purpose of a blight notice. BACKGROUND Statutory blight Under section 150 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (TCPA 1990), the owner of land blighted by a public authority’s proposals (such as a transport scheme) may, if … Read More

Construction JCT Contracts 2016

CPO Solicitors Manchester & London

JCT 2016 Editions – Available from 30 June 2017 The Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) has announced that it is publishing the final tranche of its 2016 Edition standard form contracts “for despatch on 30 June 2017”. This tranche includes the Construction Management Contract, 2016 Edition (CM 2016) and the Management Building Contract, 2016 Edition (MC 2016). Separately, we have been advised that the Project Bank Account Documentation, 2016 Edition (PBA 2016) is freely available to download from the JCT’s website: see JCT: PBA 2016: Project Bank Account Documentation 2016 (May … Read More


HMRC VAT Customs Excice Solicitor Manchester & London - VAT Penalty Notice Appeal

VAT PENALTY NOTICE – SUCCESSFUL APPEAL CASE STUDY Directors Personal VAT Liability Penalty Notice, £33,332.54 Company known as ARL for anonymity purposes Background: Mr V was a director of a successful company, ARL, which was trading as a temporary employment agency. Mr V operated the business submitting all tax returns and other legislative requirements on time and accurately. In 2013, Mr V decided to transfer his staff to a Payroll Services provider. Following this ARL received and paid VAT invoices from the Payroll Services Company and ARL then reclaimed the … Read More


Lease Extension, 80 years on lease

Lease Extensions – Top 10 Facts for individual flat owners. Manchester, London, UK Wide, Residential Property. You may have seen the horror stories in the news about leasehold owners being unable to sell or re-mortgage their apartments or houses because of a short lease term or onerous ground rent terms. This is a growing issue throughout the country and, if you find yourself stuck in a similar dilemma, you’re bound to feel that the whole issue is incredibly unfair. Monarch Solicitors share your feelings of frustration, and that’s exactly why … Read More

CPO – Higher Rateable Value, Small Businesses, Greater London

CPO Solicitors Manchester & London

CPO Updates Good News for small business in Greater London! In March 2016, the Government published its consultation on compulsory purchase order reforms (a copy can be found here). Owner-occupiers of business premises are able to serve blight notices provided the annual rateable value of their premises does not exceed a prescribed limit. On 21st April 2017, The Town and Country Planning (Blight Provisions) (England) Order 2017 (SI 2017 No.472) came into effect, taking forward the proposal to set a higher rateable value limit for small businesses in Greater London … Read More

Commercial Leases – Top 10 Tips

Best Commercial Lease Property Solicitors Lawyers, Manchester & London, Lease Dispute, Business Lease

COMMERCIAL LEASES GUIDE If you’re considering new office space for your business, there are several considerations that you should keep in mind prior to entering a deal. Here are 10 key points to be aware of which may help you secure the best property for your business needs. 1. Outline your key objectives Securing the perfect location can be an exciting time for a business. As such, it’s important to ensure that your judgement isn’t clouded as to what is truly important. Do your research and get an understanding of … Read More

Fracking – Planning Challenge for Judicial Review

Fracking, HS2 CPO Solicitors Manchester London

Fracking – Planning challenges dismissed against Cuadrilla’s fracking developments in Lancashire Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for shale gas in the UK remains controversial. The Planning Court released it decision on 12 April 2017 in the case of R (Preston New Road Action Group and others) v Secretary of State and others [2017] EWHC 808 (Admin), on 12 April 2017. Background: Cuadrilla’s shale gas fracking in Lancashire In 2016, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (SoS) approved Cuadrilla’s appeal against Lancashire County Council’s refusal for the grant of planning … Read More

Business Contracts – Top 10 Tips

Commercial Contracts & Agreements, Drafting & Disputes, Solicitors Manchester & London

TOP 10 TIPS ON COMMERCIAL CONTRACTS & AGREEMENTS Contract law lies at the heart of our legal system and serves as the foundation of our entire society. This is not an exaggeration.  It is an observation that can quite often be unobserved. Most business owners know that a contract based on merely a handshake and a promise is a recipe for disaster.  Therefore, the business environment is full of contractual agreements to safeguard the respective positions of the parties involved. To make sure your business is protected, here are my … Read More