To insure or not to insure? Buildings insurance for commercial properties

When you are thinking of entering into a commercial lease, insurance is one of the main considerations for both parties. But what exactly does insurance cover and what happens if you need to claim on the insurance? Buildings insurance As with any property, it is vital to obtain buildings insurance…


Is mediation important in court proceedings?

The recent Court of Appeal decision in Thakkar and another v Patel and another [2017] EWCA Civ 117 has re-established the Court’s encouragement towards the use of mediation. The Court awarded a costs sanction against the Defendant for ‘dragging its feet’ in the parties’ attempts to mediate. So what…


Limitation Periods – The End of the Road

In England and Wales, almost all claims are subject to some form of limitation; a deadline by which the Claimant needs to bring the proceedings. Unfortunately, calculating the limitation period can be difficult as limitation periods vary depending on the type of claim. This article explores the…


Autumn Statement: Summary of Proposals

Last Wednesday saw the Chancellor provide the nation with an update on the country’s finances in the usual Autumn Statement. This year's was particularly notable because the Chancellor announced the abolition of the Autumn Statement and the movement of the budget to the Autumn. As is to be…


Small Claims Court

Should my claim be allocated to the small claims track? Claims are ordinarily assigned to a track according to their financial value. Small claims are those below £10,000, fast track cases are those between £10,000 and £25,000 and multi-track are those over £25,000. However, the rules differ for…