Easing the burden for first-time buyers: Stamp Duty Land Tax Relief

The Chancellor announced some welcome changes for first-time buyers (“FTBs”) to the Stamp Duty Land Tax (“SDLT”) regime in his Budget on 22nd November. From this date, FTBs of residential property of up to £500,000 will benefit from the following: For purchases of up to £300,000, no SDLT will be payable. This represents a considerable […]


Defamation: Some good cheer for Claimants

It is generally accepted that the Defamation Act 2013 (“the Act”) raised the bar in defamation claims, making it harder for those wronged to issue claims. A recent decision of the Court of Appeal has lowered the bar somewhat which should be welcome news for those who wish to seek defend their reputations. Section 1 […]

Tesco’s Booker buyout is bad news for shoppers

The watchdog is failing to consider the role of potential competition in Britain’s narrowing grocery sector, writes Stephen Hornsby This article originally appeared in the The Brief, the legal supplement by The Times. It cannot be right for eight companies in the UK to account for 80 per cent of retail grocery sales — and yet, […]


Legal Update: Maxted and another v Investec Bank Plc [2017]

Summary The High Court recently heard the case of Maxted and another v Investec Bank plc [2017], which looked at whether amending loan agreements multiple times would discharge a personal guarantee given by the directors of the borrower companies. It was held in this instance that even though the underlying agreements were amended several times, […]

Get your notices in!

Below is an early Christmas gift in the form of some practical advice for construction professionals in the UK in light of Adam Architecture Ltd v Halsbury Homes Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 1735. The case involved Adam Architecture Ltd (“Adam”), an architectural practice, and Halsbury Homes Ltd (“Halsbury”), a property developer. In 2015 Halsbury was […]


Paradise paper chase: when is a leak a crime?

Over 13 million files, many of them containing confidential and sensitive client information, were leaked from offshore legal service providers and corporate registries in 19 jurisdictions including the Caribbean, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man. More than half of the documents came from law firm Appleby. As a result, sometimes complex financial structures used by […]

A worker must be able to carry over and accumulate unpaid holiday pay – CJEU hand down Judgment in the case of Mr C. King v The Sash Window Workshop Ltd

On 29 November 2017, the CJEU handed down their Judgment in the case of Mr C. King v The Sash Window Workshop Ltd & Richard Dollar (Case C‑214/16) following a request for a preliminary ruling from the Court of Appeal. The CJEU has held that a worker must be able to carry over and accumulate […]


Consultations on payment issues in the construction industry

It is as much the case today that “cashflow is the life blood of the building industry” as it was when Lord Denning coined the phrase over 50 years ago in the Court of Appeal judgment of Dawnays vs Minter (1971). Slow and uncertain cashflow is a significant contributory factor to a high incidence of […]

Private Client: Autumn Budget review

On 22 November the Chancellor of Exchequer, Philip Hammond introduced to Parliament his Autumn Budget. This time, there are no significant changes in the Private Client sector; although, yet again there is a promise of putting the Inheritance Tax rules under review. Perhaps the most significant change is the headline-snatching announcement of abolishing Stamp Duty […]