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News Category: Dispute resolution

  • 31 March 2020

    Coronavirus: Government ban on forfeiture commercial property

    A number of businesses especially in the retail and leisure industries have been forced to close as the government introduces stringent social distancing measures to curtail the spread of Covid-19. This has left a lot of businesses who rent their premises wondering how to pay the rent and commercial landlords worried that their tenants can’t afford to pay the rent. Read more

  • 25 March 2020

    Coronavirus: Advice for landlords

    The government is in the process of introducing legislation to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus on various sectors of society. Read more

  • 21 February 2020

    Jonothan Broadbent joins the Steeles Law Dispute Resolution team

    Steeles Law is delighted to welcome Jonothan Broadbent to its expanding Dispute Resolution team. Read more

  • 30 May 2019

    Never work with children, animals……..or family members?

    Running a company with a family member is often an enjoyable way of being in business, but we all know that on occasion family members can fall out - even if it is just over who ate the last chocolate in the box at Christmas! Read more

  • 20 September 2018

    Clarity is key to avoiding court claims

    Issues often arise because the terms of a contract turn out to be unclear, or the contract doesn’t say what one of the parties had intended. It is an issue that frequently comes up for consideration by the courts, most recently in the Court of Appeal case of Bou-Simon v BGC Brokers LP in July 2018. Read more

  • 25 July 2018

    Knot in my back yard

    Japanese knotweed, the invasive plant which is notoriously difficult to remove, has been the subject of a recent Court of Appeal decision. Read more

  • 14 June 2018

    Have a break, have a…….dispute with your landlord costing thousands

    A commercial lease will often contain a break clause which will give the parties (most commonly the tenant) the right to terminate the lease early on service of a break notice. The exercise of break in a commercial lease is a fertile source of litigation as there is much which can go wrong with the apparently simple task of serving a break notice. Read more

  • 21 August 2017

    New pre-action protocol for debt claims

    A new pre-action protocol for debt claims will come into force on 1 October 2017. This will apply to debts claimed by any business, including sole traders and public bodies, against an individual (which can also include a sole trader). The protocol does not apply to business to business debts. Read more

  • 3 February 2017

    Wheelchair user wins equality case against bus company

    After a long and arduous battle, Mr Doug Paulley has succeeded in his claim against FirstGroup Plc under the Equality Act 2010. On 18th January 2017 the final judgment was handed down in favour of Mr Paulley. Read more

  • 29 July 2016

    Fixed Costs and Part 36 Offers

    One of the more recently posed questions in relation to Part 36 offers is, in cases where costs are fixed by section IIIA of Part 45 of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR), can costs, in excess of those that are fixed, be recovered by making or accepting a Part 36 offer? Read more