“Rectification” is the process by which documents are changed by the Court to correctly reflect the intentions of the parties at the date on which the agreement set out in the document was reached. The question arose as to whether or not a “Disclosure Letter”  (a letter produced by the seller during the course of…

In a famous operatic piece from the Barber of Seville, written in 1813, Gioacchino Rossini warns of the power of defamatory rumour (“la calunnia”) to grow from a gentle breeze (“venticello”) into an earthquake, leaving the unfortunate subject of the rumour (“il meschino calunniato”) trampled and degraded.   Little, it would seem, has been learned since…

Plain Jane to Alphabet Soup in 5 Easy Steps Readers will already be familiar with the concept of the “share capital” of a company and with seeing declarations (in the accounts and elsewhere) that the “issued share capital” of the company is, for example: “10 Ordinary Shares of £1 each.” Breaking down that statement a…

Ah golf.  That sport (? – pastime) much beloved of aspiring professionals. Capable of taking up infinite amounts of two things which for any working person are in short supply: time and money.  And for what? For what indeed. Few things can compare to the pleasure of standing over a stationary golf ball on a…

Or: KISS (keep it short and simple) With frustrating regularity, I am consulted by people who have come up with a good idea, have worked hard to transform that idea into a viable business proposition and have then done a deal with venture capitalists (“dragons”) to obtain the funding they need to move the business…

Sympathy for the Devil, or, be sure you are clear about who you are giving references to, and what those references are intended to be used for. A rare moment of excitement in the usually grey world of Reynolds Towers (otherwise known as the Property & Commercial Department at Barrett & Co) was provided by…

Recently, there has been an IP (Intellectual Property) dispute in the press which has caught the attention of the Reading population and its all about chicken! A firm of solicitors acting for Nando’s wrote to a local chicken business on Oxford Road, whose restaurant is named Fernando’s claiming that thier restaurant is infringing on their client’s trademark….

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…

As Autumn starts and the evenings draw in, I find myself compelled – if only by the presence of my sons (both of whom have a more entrepreneurial mind-set than my own) and their absolute control of the TV remote – to watch, with gritted teeth, a program cmartinalled “ Dragons’ Den.” In this program,…

The Clock is ticking on Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) in leasehold properties. For private properties required to have an EPC certificate: From 1 April 2018 it will be unlawful to grant a new lease of residential or commercial property with an EPC rating of less than E. From 1 April 2020 the above restriction…

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