What is a flying freehold?

There are two main types of land ownership: freehold and leasehold. Freehold ownership is where the person owns outright all of the land and buildings on a plot. For example, houses are usually freehold properties. On the other hand you have leasehold property. This is where a property is owned for…


How to sue a solicitor - professional negligence claims against solicitors

Solicitors look after us when we are dealing with some of the most difficult aspects of our lives. From buying our homes and making our wills; to setting up a business or resolving disputes with employers, neighbours, or others. Usually everything will go without a hitch. But what happens if a…


Press release: Our client, Robert Hazeldean

The Personal Injury team is acting for Mr Robert Hazeldean in defending a claim brought against him by Gemma Brushett. Unfortunately, Mr Hazeldean had not felt able to instruct solicitors at the outset due to costs. He therefore tried to deal with the case as a litigant in person. The Claimant took…


Tenancy fee ban comes into force

Fees sought from tenants by landlords can often be a prickly subject. New rules came into force on 1 June 2019 concerning the costs that a landlord may pass on to tenants. This has been referred to as the tenancy fee ban. All new tenancies granted on or after 1 June 2019 are subject to the new…


Landlords' remedies for dilapidations

Most commercial landlords and tenants face dilapidations issues. Here, we take a look at what dilapidations are, and the remedies available to landlords. First things first, what are dilapidations? Dilapidations refers to disrepair covered by repairing covenants in a lease. It usually covers…


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Levi Solicitors raise money for St Gemma's Hospice

Just One Day is an annual event held by the Lord Mayor of Leeds. Local people and businesses all raise money on one day to raise money for his chosen charity. This year, the Lord Mayor had chosed St Gemma’s Hospice, a charity close to many of our hearts at Levi Solicitors LLP. For our contribution…


Company administration: the basics

We will have all read in the news recently about the large department store chains going into administration. Then more recently, about the collapse of Jamie Oliver’s restaurant empire. 22 restaurants have closed, and 1,000 people are expected to lose their jobs as the company goes into…


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Knot again! Japanese knotweed and property

Japanese knotweed can cause property owners numerous issues. From costly eradication works, to reducing the property value. We take a look at Japanese knotweed, and some recent cases involving knotweed on neighbouring land, and a professional negligence claim against a surveyor that did not spot…


Dealing with noisy neighbours

Every now and then, people suffer from excess noise caused by the occupiers of nearby properties. These could be the people in the neighbouring house who enjoy blasting out music late at night. However, equally, local businesses can also cause noise nuisance. Commercial noise nuisance could be…


Keeping to the brief: architects’ negligence

Architecture. Whilst a laudable profession, is not one in which mistakes never happen. However, what are the extent of those mistakes? Well, that depends upon the particular circumstances. However, recently, the High Court (Martin Bowdery QC ((the Judge)) to be precise) delved into such matters in…