The Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 (LRHUDA 1993), introduced the right for tenants to request an extension on their existing tenancy. The Act gives eligible tenants the right to request a lease extension from their landlord with a payment of a premium and a peppercorn rent. There are two ways of obtaining…

Alternative Dispute Resolution, or ADR, is something that is becoming increasingly common in dispute resolution procedures, whether via eBay or in formal court litigation procedures. Some contracts or areas of law require the parties to first attempt ADR, and it is general court policy to encourage parties to attempt ADR. There can be significant cost…

Miriam Carr has recently joined Barrett and Co as a solicitor in the commercial property team. After studying law in London, Miriam was initially involved in road traffic accident litigation for a large national firm before moving into commercial property work. Miriam trained with a firm in Newbury which gave her experience of a wide…

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…

Some people will find it surprising that you can make a claim when you have not inherited what you expected from someone who has died. The courts are empowered under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 to order further payments from the deceased’s estate to those who have not inherited as much…

On a cloudy, cold and rainy day, Barrett & Co and Friar Commercial partnered up to take part in this year’s Sandford Springs Charity Golfing Event in aid of Children in Need. Emma Docking of Barrett & Co Solicitors and Fryer Commercial’s own Simon Fryer, paired up to take part in the annual Children In…

Last year, HM Courts and Tribunals Service proposed a massive increase to the fees charged to obtain probate. This would have seen the charges for the most valuable estates increase to £20,000. Currently, the fees are fixed at £155 for Solicitor applications and £215 for personal applicants. The plans were dropped ahead of the 2017…

Children in Mediation (referred to as CIM) enables separated parents to focus on and give a voice to their children. This form of mediation should be child centred to promote both the safeguarding and welfare of every child.  It can enable that child to have a voice. For parents, this form of mediation enables their…

A recent case from the High Court demonstrates the problems which unmarried couples may face regarding the ownership of property. We highlight these problems in this article and offer some useful guidance. The summary The case of Dobson v Griffey [2018] EWHC 1117 (Ch) centred upon an unmarried couple called Mr Griffey and Ms Dobson….

To many businesses, reviews and existing client or customer feedback is an invaluable way to help grow the business, meet new clients and, of course, learn how to improve their service To many businesses, reviews and existing client or customer feedback is an invaluable way to help grow the business, meet new clients and, of…

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