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Construct Newsletter June/ July 2019

“Welcome to our June 2019 edition of Prettys’ Construct bulletin This month we look at: professional indemnity insurance – the Court of ... more

Property Newsletter - Issue 4

Welcome to the Summer 2019 edition of our Property Newsletter At Prettys, we understand the property market and the needs and ... more

Data Protection Newsletter

Welcome to our June 2019 edition of Prettys Data Protection Newsletter.  This month we look at: GDPR a year on Our 6 top tips for ... more

Construct Newsletter May 2019

“Welcome to our May 2019 edition of Prettys’ Construct bulletin This month we look at: whether liquidated damages survive termination; construction as a ... more

Commercial Newsletter

Welcome to the Spring 2019 edition of our Commercial Newsletter At Prettys we understand our clients’ commercial needs and imperatives: whether ... more

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Legal updates - Commercial Law

Sex Discrimination Claims Hit a Five-Year High

The Employment Tribunal has seen a rise in the number of sex discrimination claims made leading to a five-year high. Latest figures show that 9,300 claims were made last year, which is a 69% increase. Attempts by companies to tackle sex discrimination, for example, by banning alcohol at work events, or introducing other policies in relation to conduct at work have not prevented claims being brought.... more

What does Brexit really mean? Lawyer deconstructs the language surrounding the debate

Leading Ipswich based law firm Prettys is holding a Business Academy this week looking at the interpretation of the language in contracts and applying that (by analogy) to some of the words used surrounding the UK’s withdrawal from Europe.... more

Considering replacing your garden fence wall or gates?

Springtime is a favourite time of year to attend to outdoor jobs in the garden, including replacing fencing or walls. The erection of a new fence, wall or gate, if these are adjacent to a highway, and even if you are replacing a higher existing hedge, could be problematic, if the new structure is to be higher than 1m permitted height. ... more

Getting A Head Start – Why Tenants should obtain professional advice before agreeing Heads of Terms

In many leasehold transactions the legal adviser only becomes involved once the tenant and the landlord have already agreed the Heads of Terms for the transaction, usually with the aid of an agent. ... more

CMA ruling demonstrates warning to all of us

On Friday 12 April 2019, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) found that six office fit-out firms have infringed competition law by engaging in cover bidding on 14 construction contracts.... more

Tales for the unwary - don’t risk losing your 999 year flat lease by getting into arrears with your ground rent.

Gibbs v Lakeside Developments Ltd 2018 tells the rare but very unfortunate tale of a long leaseholder who lost her valuable flat because she missed opportunities to defend her landlord’s claims for ground rent and service charge arrears and for forfeiture of her 999 year lease.... more

The Right to make a Racket

With the recent trends of more town centre conversions to residential use, as well as proposals for more new build schemes, issues over compatibility with existing neighbouring town centre activities that generate noise can be a concern, specifically in relation to existing pubs, nightclubs and music venues, which are often located in town and city centres.... more

Cautionary tale for investment landlords if a building has inherent defects

In Blue Manchester Ltd v North West Ground Rents Ltd [2019] EWHC 142 (TCC), the High Court upheld a tenant’s claim for specific performance against its landlord, requiring the landlord to repair an external glass façade in a tower block by replacing defective glazing panels.... more

Lockout agreements

In ordinary contract law, there can be ‘no agreement to agree’ binding on the parties. In order to address this, pre-contract agreements known as Lockout Agreements are sometimes used in commercial property transactions.... more

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