Articles


Planning Mistakes Thwart Wedding Plans

Apr 27, 2018

Planning Officials, like most people, sometimes make mistakes and one of the roles of the law is to correct them. However, sometimes these mistakes can have unanticipated consequences. A good example of this was a recent High Court case which quashed planning permission for three marquees in the grounds of a country estate. Unfortunately, the estate was a very popular venue for wedding receptions, putting the plans of very many couples in jeopardy.

Dog evicted by Management Company

Mar 20, 2018

At Barrett and Co we often come across the issue of household pets and the incoming buyers may have to make a judgment call on whether they will purchase knowing that consent could be reasonably withheld.

Why you should take legal advice when considering assigning a lease or exercising a break clause

Feb 28, 2018

A recent case brought home the dangers of what can happen if mistakes are made in the assignment and break clause process and showed how a series of errors resulted in a company being burdened by a costly and lengthy lease that it did not want, even after it thought it had served a valid break notice.

Buying or selling your home?

Jan 07, 2018

Getting married and setting up home together can be one of the most exciting milestones in your life and it can also be stressful. At Barrett and Co we have over 35 years’ experience in helping and guiding couples through the conveyancing process.

Introducing our new interactive conveyancing service!

Nov 08, 2017

Earlier this year, we introduced our new conveyancing service through a platform named Perfect Portal. Our clients can obtain an estimate through our website where they will receive an instant conveyancing estimate. It is quick and easy and enables you to stay in control.

Overage – why it’s important to make sure the terms are clear

Oct 18, 2017

In a recent case (Sparks v Biden), Mr Sparks owned land that was suitable for residential development. Mr Biden, a developer entered into an agreement with Mr Sparks to start the development. The agreement was to grant Mr Biden an option to buy the land and he would have to use all reasonable endeavours to obtain planning permission. Once planning was granted Mr Biden was under an obligation to build as soon as possible.

The Reynolds Report- Landlords beware!

Sep 26, 2017

The Clock is ticking on Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) in leasehold properties.

Building Disputes - 7 Ways to Avoid Them

Sep 26, 2017

Justin Sadler advises on how to avoid building disputes; he is currently having building work carried out on his own house and gives his top seven tips on how to help the project along.

Restrictive Covenants: How restrictive are they?

Jul 20, 2017

Any landowner can apply to the Upper Tribunal (UT) to have the covenants that restrict the use of land discharged or modified if they believe that they have ceased to serve a useful purpose and are of no real benefit to local people. A recent case showed that sometimes it is very difficult to object to the release of these covenants. In this case the UT opened the way for the conversion of a hotel and pub into a convenience store

The Reynolds Report - The Tricky Business of Lease Extensions

Jun 21, 2017

Very few lenders will now lend on a leasehold property where the underlying Lease has less than 80 years of its term remaining. (Each lender has its own specific requirements set out in the CML Handbook but, broadly speaking, you get the picture.)

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.

Please note that whilst we make every effort to make sure that these articles reflect the law at the time they are written, they are not maintained as the law is constantly changing and affects each person or business in different ways. If you require specific advice on a matter please call our office or email the relevant solicitor and they will be happy to assist you.

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