In the Private Client department our clients often ask us whether putting their home into the names of their adult children would be a good idea. This is usually due to concerns about costs of care as they become elderly and the idea that their home might be “taken” by the government for Inheritance Tax…

Or: Everything you wanted to know about basement extensions but never dared to ask 88 Tunis Road was (is?) a house laid out over three floors (ground floor, first floor and second floor) and a basement.  Subsequently a rear extension (to all three floors) and a patio were added. In 1991-1992 the property was divided…

The dispute between Chelsea FC and the Crosthwaites family highlights the risk of a developer assuming it can acquire a neighbour’s right to light by offering the neighbours suitable compensation. A developer must always remember that the primary remedy for infringement of a property right, including a right to light is, an injunction. Chelsea FC…

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. The High Court upheld an injunction requiring the defendants to remove their dog (Vinnie) from their flat in a gated…

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…

The owner of an office block wished to convert it into an 87-bedroom hotel and had engaged a contractor to carry out the work. The contract price was £6.67 million, but costs ballooned due to delays in the project, primarily caused by the late installation of an electrical sub-station. That, in turn, meant that commissioning…

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. Whether you have an existing property which you need to sell/remortgage or…

There are many key clauses in a lease and this article provides a brief introduction to those of which you need to be aware of when negotiating a lease. Please bear in mind that this list is not exhaustive so you should seek legal advice. HEADS OF TERMS– Recording the main terms of the lease…

Or why you should come to the Conveyancing Department at Barrett and Co when you are buying a new build home. Notwithstanding any temporary “wobbles” in the UK economy caused by the Brexit process, it would appear that the demand for housing in the Thames Valley area (in particular in and around Reading) is likely…

Mr Biden was granted the relevant permission and exercised the option. He paid the initial purchase price and was to pay a further sum (overage payment) to Mr Sparks on the sale of each property. The minimum sum of £700,000. Although both parties’ solicitors agreed the terms, there was one significant omission within the agreement…

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