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Howzat – you’re out HMRC!

Is a professional cricket ground a business? Or is it merely land with income streams attached? The First-tier Tribunal’s (FTT’s) answer to those questions in a guideline case relieved the former owner of one such facility from a crushing Capital Gains Tax (CGT) bill. The ground, which hosted test matches and other major cricketing events,…

Cheques and balances – charities beware.

Before disposing of property assets, charities are required to meet a number of procedural safeguards that are designed to ensure that the best price reasonably obtainable is achieved. The High Court gave detailed consideration to...

The last resort – to avoid!

Every email user is aware of the risk that so-called ‘fat finger syndrome’ may result in a message being sent to the wrong address. The consequences can be more than just embarrassing, but a High...

Game set and match.

Many divorcing couples are attracted to arbitration as a swift and relatively cheap alternative to resolving financial issues in court. However, as a High Court ruling made clear, arbitrators’ decisions, even if not perfect, are...

A rating valuation case – nil point.

In a guideline decision of great interest to commercial property landlords, the Upper Tribunal (UT) has ruled that prestige office premises which were stripped back to bare in preparation for the arrival of a new...

Commercial property advice tips.

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Use it or lose it

So-called squatters’ rights mean that when it comes to land ownership, it really can be a case of use it or lose it (potentially). In a case on point, three siblings who let the weeds...

My way or the highway…..

There are roads and there are highways, but is there any real distinction between the two that can be legally defined? The High Court addressed that important issue in a case of interest to property...

Company wins £8m after railways compulsory purchase

Large infrastructure projects almost always require compulsory land acquisitions and that can also mean the extinction of thriving businesses. However, one company which suffered that fate reaped the benefits of professional advice when it was...

Brexit and my business contracts

Brexit: Business contracts implications. Departure will not take place immediately: there is a period of time when the United Kingdom can negotiate its future relationship with the European Union (EU). The process is regulated by...