Briefings

To Reasonably Agree or to Reasonably Not Agree? – Agreements to Agree Revisited

15 January 2019

In Morris v Swanton Care & Community Limited, the English Court of Appeal has now robustly reiterated that an agreement to agree will not be enforced by the courts. Thomas Ross and Nick Payne explore the implications of this judgment.

UK Supreme Court – No More Building Castles in the Sky

19 December 2018

In one of the most eagerly awaited property decisions of the year, the UK Supreme Court has held that a landlord cannot rely on a scheme of works specifically designed to force a tenant to vacate its premises in order to circumvent the tenant’s right of renewal. Our latest briefing, authored by Dev Desai and Tom Bumstead, discusses the details of S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd.

Landmark Court of Appeal Decision on Ship Arrest Counter-Security and Wrongful Arrest Damages

11 December 2018

In a landmark ruling that has brought welcome clarity to a legal ‘hot topic’ that has been debated for many years, the English Court of Appeal has now upheld1 the first instance decision of the Admiralty Court in The Alkyon.

Smash and Grab Adjudications: A Pathway Through The Thicket

29 November 2018

In a significant decision for the construction industry, the UK Court of Appeal has heralded an end to "smash and grab" adjudications.

New preference: HMRC to gain greater insolvency priorities.

19 November 2018

In an article for Taxation Magazine, Tom Jarvis, David Jacob and Stephen Parker explain how UK insolvency priorities are likely to change as a result of the recent UK Budget.

UK Insolvency Priorities to Change Through The Partial Return of HMRC’s Preferred Status

8 November 2018

As part of the UK Budget on 29 October 2018, HM Treasury announced that as of April 2020 HMRC will have greater priority to recover taxes paid by employees and customers when a company goes into insolvency.