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…

Barrett and Co Launches Perfect Portal Many years ago my grandfather said to me, “Martin, as you get older, you will come to realise that change is not the same thing as progress.”   Years later and considerable time having passed, I am forced to agree. It can certainly be argued that a great deal of…

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.) Previous attempts to resolve this situation through legislation (Leasehold Reform Act 1967…

A recent decision of the Court of Appeal (Balogun v Boyes Sutton & Perry (a firm) [2017]EWCA Civ 75) will however set champagne corks popping in the offices of paper manufacturers and ink producers around the country. Claimant alleges professional negligence and breach of contract against his former solicitors Court of Appeal dismisses appeal but…

Despite its commonplace image, the conveyancing of residential property is, from a legal point of view, quite a complex task. Martin Reynolds explains why you should never accept the services of the conveyancer offering the lowest fees. On hearing that I have taken over the management of the firm’s residential conveyancing section (and hence have…

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