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Andrew Rannie
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In this series of articles , we have sought to demonstrate that a commercial lease has to cover many areas so as to fully record the landlord’s and tenant’s respective positions on any number of concerns that may arise during the term of the...
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Part 11 – Legislation There is in existence at the present time much legislation that applies to the use and occupation of commercial buildings, of whatever nature.  Undoubtedly, new legislation will be enacted in the future as well.  Where...
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Part 10 – Selling / Sub-letting Alienation is the formal term for the ability of the tenant to deal with the lease, whether by selling it on to a new tenant, commonly known as assignment, or by granting a sub-lease to their own sub-tenant.  If...
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Part 9 – Use A lease will always contain restrictions on how the tenant can use the property.  Often this is linked to the planning permission applicable to the building; indeed leases usually require the tenant to comply with planning...
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Part 8 – Alterations The majority of leases will severely restrict the ability of the tenant to carry out any alterations to the property.  The justification for this is that the tenant only has a short-term interest in the property and the...
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Part 7 – Repairs & Maintenance The most common position for the repair and maintenance of the property is that it is wholly the tenant’s responsibility.  This is one of the reasons that defining the extent of the property is so...
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Part 6 – Outgoings With the exception perhaps of leases within, say, an office block, a tenant can normally expect to be responsible for all the outgoings for their property, including the buildings insurance .  All utilities will need to be...
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The High Court has recently ordered a husband to pay his ex-wife the sum of £453m as he failed to provide any valid reason to justify why the matrimonial assets should be divided other than equally. The parties married in 1993 and the marriage broke...
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Part 5 – Insurance The landlord will always want to protect the capital asset that is the building so will take out their own buildings insurance.  However, it is generally expected that the tenant will pay the cost of this.  The tenant will...
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The Consumer Contracts Regulations have been in place for some time but do we know what rights we have as consumers?  Suppliers of goods and services are now obliged to give consumers information relating to the description, the price, the right to...
Laura Manton
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It just wouldn’t be Easter without Dawson Hart's Easter Egg Hunt which took place on Good Friday. This year the Easter Bunny was joined by Wilfy the bear who made lots of children smile whilst raising money for St Wilfrids Hospice in Eastbourne....
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Part 4 – Rent The rent is often seen as the most important element of a lease because it can be the tenant’s most significant outgoing and it is the landlord’s main reason for granting a lease.  Rent is usually defined by an annual...
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Part 3 – Term Having a defined term is essential.  This is commonly a fixed period, such as 3 or 5 years but can also be on a periodic basis, e.g. month by month.  The length of the term has to be agreed between the landlord and tenant but...
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On 27 th February 2017, Laura and I were invited to a Visitor’s Day at Chestnut Tree House for a cheque presentation and a tour of the facilities. We met with Vicky, a corporate fundraiser at Chestnut Tree House, who very kindly showed us around the...
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Part 2 – Rights In the previous article , we spoke about the importance of the demise.  However, unless the property is a complete stand-alone unit, just as important will be the rights granted to the tenant.  There is no point taking a...
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Another recent case has considered how far an employer’s liability extends, following a Christmas party. In the case of Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd (NR Ltd), the High court was required to consider if a Company can be held responsible,...
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Part 1 – The Demise For a lease to be legally effective it must set out precisely the area given to the tenant, known as the demise.  The property is often referred to as the demised premises as a result.  If the demise is unclear then the...
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Introduction and Overview A commercial lease is the binding contract that sets out the terms on which the owner of a property, the landlord, will allow a tenant to use it.  A lease is a complex legal document and it is strongly recommended that you...
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2016 was undoubtedly a mixed bag of emotions. From historic political surprises like Brexit and President-elect Donald Trump; the loss of several superstars; the end of Brangelina (or was that one inevitable?), to celebrating the Queen’s 90 th ...
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Laura Manton
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Our seminar this morning for Business Owners was a great success. It covered planning opportunities for business owners and their families.  A retiring business owner once said that he wished he had looked after his own affairs as well as he had...
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Lord Justice Jackson is to lead a new review of fixed recoverable costs the HM Judiciary has announced. The review is to consider whether, in civil litigation cases up to £250,000, the winning party should be awarded more than a fixed and prescribed...
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In a recent high profile case, Aslam and others v Uber BV and others, the Employment Tribunal ruled that two taxi drivers who provided services to Uber,  were “workers” within the meaning of the Employment Rights Act, rather than...
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Thursday 10 th November saw the 2016 Uckfield Business Awards take place at East Sussex National. Over 300 people attended the third bi-annual event. Guided through the evening by the fabulous hosts Gary King of Uckfield FM and Jan Edwards of The Marketing...
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Over £825 was raised for charity in a Fright Night event organised by Dawson Hart Solicitors at the Cinque Ports club on Friday 21 st October. In a change from the barn dance, spooky decorations adorned the walls of the hall at the Cinque Ports and...
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  In the gloriumptious world of Roald Dahl, whose centenary is being celebrated today, gobblefunk is the name given to unique and distinctive vocabulary of the Big Friendly Giant.  Full of words like jiggyraffes, splitzwiggled and figglers, it...
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Dawson Hart Solicitors are proud to announce that they have been shortlisted for the Law Society Excellence Awards 2016. These prestigious awards run by the Law Society celebrate the legal profession’s outstanding achievements. “We are delighted...
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Mr Garamukanwa was employed by the Solent NHS Trust (the Trust). His relationship ended with a colleague, Ms Maclean, whereupon he suspected that she had commenced a relationship with a healthcare support worker on her ward, Ms Smith. Mr Garamukanwa sent...
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In the case of Barbulescu v Romania , the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) the right to privacy under Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR), in the context of an employer’s right to monitor an employee's work-related...
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The Supreme Court has ruled that Morrisons was vicariously liable for the actions of an employee who assaulted a customer. Mr Khan was an employee of Morrisions working in their petrol station. Mr Mohamoud, asked if he could print some documents from his...
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It may seem an invasion of privacy, but surveillance evidence in personal injury cases is commonplace.  Whether the defendant is trying to prove that a claimant is exaggerating their symptoms or even making the whole injury up - secretly videoing a...
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A team of Dawson Hart ladies took part in the Chestnut Tree Night to Remember on Saturday 14 May. This involved a 4 or 10 mile walk along Eastbourne Seafront starting at midnight. The night began at 11pm when we assembled at the Sovereign Centre and took...
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On the 18 th February, Dawson Hart were very pleased to have the opportunity to meet with Tracey Luker.  Tracey is head of fundraising within the East Sussex area for Chestnut Tree House. The Charity is Dawson Hart’s Charity of the year for 2016...
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As a result of new regulations which came into force on 11 January 2016, The Exclusivity Terms in Zero Hours Contracts (Redress) Regulations 2015, employees and workers on zero hours contracts are now able to bring a claim in an employment tribunal if their...
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In an attempt to address discrimination in the recruitment process, David Cameron has announced that private and public-sector organisations, have agreed to recruit on a “name-blind” basis. Large employers such as KPMG, Teach First, HSBC,...
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The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that time spent by mobile workers travelling from home to their first appointment and from their last appointment to home, where there is no fixed central office, is to be treated as “working...
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On Saturday 10 th October Jenny Mayhew, a solicitor & director,  will be undertaking a skydive from Headcorn Airfield in aid of The Rockinghorse Appeal. This Sussex charity provides vital and much needed medical equipment for children at the Royal...
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In the case of British Waterways Board v Smith, the Employment appeal Tribunal (EAT) found that it was fair to dismiss an employee for posting derogatory comments about his employer on Facebook some 2 years previously, notwithstanding that the employer had...
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Dawson Hart Solicitors are delighted to announce the recruitment of Andrew Rannie to the firm.  With over a decade of property experience, Andrew joins the firm as a Director and as the new Head of the Property Department.  Andrew said...
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The issue of annual leave has once again been subject to consideration following a recent case in the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT). The case centred around a sick employee’s entitlement to carry over untaken annual leave into subsequent leave...
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In view of the forthcoming Welsh ban on e-cigarettes in enclosed public spaces and workplaces, and the recent employment tribunal case of Insley v Accent Catering , it is an important time for employers to decide how they intend to deal with the use of...
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George Osborne has recently delivered his seventh Budget as chancellor, the first for a majority Conservative government since November 1996. One of the headlines in the news read ‘End of Inheritance tax on family homes worth up to £1m’ At...
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Last week the staff at Dawson Hart raised £79.42 in support of our charity of the year making donations and sporting the yellow and blue Rockinghorse colours to work. Many of our staff also baked delicious cakes to sell on the day. So far this year...
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Parents with children that were due to be born, or have an adoptive child placed, on or after 5 April 2015 can now share their parental leave and pay. Whilst the mother is obliged to take the first two weeks maternity leave, parents will now be able to...
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It seems that the pro mediation movement has been given another shot in the arm following comments from Lord Neuberger. The president of the Supreme Court  has given an indication that he would support making mediation compulsory in smaller civil cases....
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Media reporting of flooding is all too common these days and serves as a reminder of how environmental factors can affect property values. The Environmental Agency has stated that one in six homes in England is vulnerable to flooding, so it is no surprise...
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On Good Friday over 100 children met the Easter Bunny for a charity Easter Egg hunt in aid of the Rockinghorse Children’s Charity at the Uckfield Rugby Club, organised by Dawson Hart's very own charity committee. The Rockinghorse Children’s...
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Preparations are well on their way for our Easter Egg hunt on Good Friday, 3 rd April at the Uckfield Rugby Club to raise money for the Rockinghorse Children’s Charity. Gates open at 10.30 at Hempstead Playing Fields, TN22 1LX. It is going to be a...
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On 9 March the cost of bringing a claim is going to increase dramatically. If the claim is below £10,000 then there will be no change in the court fees. This is surely a good thing because most “every day” financial disputes are under...
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As we move in to Spring many of us will be dusting off our bicycles and cycling to work. New figures released by the Department for Transport however reveal how dangerous it can be cycling on our roads, especially if you live in London. The Department for...
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Yesterday, I took part in the Eastbourne Half Marathon for the first time, raising money for Rockinghorse children’s charity. With approximately 2,000 competitors and great crowd support, the atmosphere was electric. The event was extremely well...
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