Caravan 'Not a dwelling'

Jul 31, 2014

In a recent case, the High Court ruled that a touring caravan which had been brought onto land and affixed permanently was not a 'dwelling-house'. The decision came after the owner of the caravan, who had resided permanently in it for six years without a planning application being made or planning enforcement action being taken, sought a 'certificate of lawful use' for the occupation to…

Court of Appeal issues guidance on child cases

Jul 31, 2014

A recent decision of the Court of Appeal has emphasised the importance of the provision of good quality, relevant evidence in cases involving children. The case concerned a council's decision to place two children up for adoption against their mother's wishes. In such cases, the stakes are high as the future of the child, as well as that of his or her family, is in point. The Court…

Misappropriation case highlights value of using Professionals

Jul 31, 2014

A sad recent case illustrates the wisdom of appointing a professional person to assist when substantial family funds are being administered.  The case involved a disabled woman who received a settlement of £2.6 million in 1999 from Grimsby Scunthorpe Health Authority as a result of negligent treatment at the time of her birth. She suffers from cerebral…

Pre-nup not binding, rules court

Jul 22, 2014

Court rules that wealthy couple's pre-nuptial agreement is not binding

Property use restriction is reasonable, rules tribunal

Jul 14, 2014

In what circumstances can a use restriction on a property be reasonable?

The new Care Act 2014 comes into force

Jul 14, 2014

The Care Act 2014 was given Royal Assent on 14th May 2014. The Act deals with several aspects of social care and the financing of social care

Commercial Retirement

May 12, 2014

Retirement from a Partnership or Company is a topic worthy of weighty tomes and this article will not attempt to go into any detail of the specific aspects, it is written more as a signpost to highlight areas that will require discussion and agreement. I think the best general advice that can be given on the subject is to agree retirement plans in principle when the proverbial sun is shining and…

Business Rates on Empty Properties and Meanwhile Leases

May 12, 2014

The changes in the rateable value threshold have placed substantial financial pressures on commercial landlords. The rateable value threshold at which an empty property becomes subject to business rates has been substantially reduced from the original threshold of £18,000 to £2,600. The exemption from empty property business…

Boundaries - an introduction

May 12, 2014

You might be surprised to know that the word ‘boundary’ has no special meaning in law. Generally speaking there are two ways in which it can be used; the Legal boundary and the Physical boundary. The Legal boundary is an imaginary or invisible line which divides one owner's land from that of his neighbour. It is a line which has no thickness or width and is not usually shown with any precision…

Working without a Default Retirement Age

May 12, 2014

In our last issue we reported that the Default Retirement Age of 65 had been abolished. It remains a matter for each employer to decide if they fix a retirement age or just deal with each individual on his or her own merits. If your employer has a fixed retirement age and your employment is terminated just because you have reached it, you may have a claim for unfair…

Welcome to the Barrett and Co Articles Library, here you will find articles on many relevant and interesting topics. This section will be updated every few months so check back regularly. If you have any suggestions for articles please email [email protected] or use the Contact Form on the right.

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