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Keeping your options open: Option Agreements

Land is an increasingly precious commodity in the UK. Companies are soon snapping up even the smallest parcels of land for development. If you are considering purchasing a piece of land (whether or not for development), other people may also be interested in that land. How can you make sure that the seller prioritises you over the other potential purchasers? We look at the ways to protect your position, including Option Agreements. Where do I start? The development opportunities with even a small piece of…

Jointly-Owned Chattels – Resolving Disputes

Where people jointly-own houses and other real estate, it is common for those people to fall out, and for disputes to arise. The law surrounding these types of disputes is relatively clear, and therefore the method of resolving the disputes is (usually) straightforward. Of course, people sometimes jointly-own property other than land and buildings. This type of property is sometimes known in law as a ‘chattel’. Unfortunately, the law surrounding how to deal with disputes over jointly-owned chattels is much less well known than its…

Botched jobs: Bringing a cosmetic surgery claim

The cosmetic surgery industry is rapidly expanding. As a result, procedures are no longer just for those wealthy few. These procedures are frequently offered in buy-one-get-one-free and group deals and are routinely available on many high streets. The overall standard of surgery is usually very high. However, there are the odd few cases where the cosmetic surgery has gone horribly wrong. In the unfortunate event that something does go wrong, you may have a cosmetic surgery claim. Types of cosmetic surgery Nowadays, there is a range…

Changes to HMO licensing rules

Landlords across England and Wales let approximately half a million sub-divided properties to tenants. These properties are commonly known as Houses in Multiple Occupation (“HMOs”). What is an HMO? An HMO is a property that is rented by at least three people who are not from one ‘household’ (e.g. a family); but share facilities like the bathroom and kitchen. It is often known as a house share. Currently, a landlord must have a licence (valid for a maximum of five years) if letting out a…

I’m ill. Will the court adjourn the hearing?

The courts are regularly faced with requests to adjourn of hearings, deadlines and trials of matters. Those who write to the court asking for an adjournment tend (regardless of whether a reply is received from the court/the other side or not) to not attend the hearing and the decision is left with the judge as to what to do. However, it is not a forgone conclusion that the court will simply adjourn the hearing, deadline or trial if a party makes a request.  The decision…

Wear It Festive 2017

On Friday 15 December, Levi Solicitors staff across our Leeds and Wakefield offices donned their Christmas jumpers. This was in aid of the St Gemma’s Hospice Wear It Festive 2017 campaign. We are happy to support the Wear it Festive campaign each year. This year, most of the staff got into the Christmas spirit and arrived to work in an array of Christmas-themed attire. Outfits ranged from festive jumpers, t-shirts and festive hats. We even saw light up festive jumpers and a member from our…

New Boundary Disputes Protocol: cheaper, quicker, easier?

Unfortunately, disputes between neighbours over the location of the boundary can be hard-fought and difficult to resolve. Boundary disputes relating to people’s homes can be particularly tough to settle; neither party wanting to be seen to “give up” part of their garden or land. Unfortunately, in cases like this, where both neighbours are digging their heels in, early settlement can be difficult, and cases often end up in court; by which time the dispute has also become lengthy and costly. It is clear that changes need…

Discrimination against vegans

Individuals are protected from discrimination if they hold one of the following protected characteristics: Age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; sexual orientation. With 542,000 vegans (and growing!) in the UK, we look at whether veganism could be considered a protected characteristic. Is veganism a ‘philosophical belief’? There has been consideration of whether veganism is a protected characteristic under the heading of (philosophical) belief. Philosophical belief is broadly defined and has been addressed in the interesting…