March 2017 highlights from the Lexis PSL Property Disputes team. This month’s highlights include further provisions of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 coming into force; Supreme Court decision on rateable value; onerous rent concession letters and penalties; property guardianships and the difficulties of granting licences; legal fees for defending threatened proceedings included in costs of managing development; misrepresentation in replies to enquiries; no conflict of interest where solicitor acted for buyer and also in limited capacity for seller; unravelling property interests in abortive transactions; restrictive covenants—examining the ‘thin end of the wedge’ argument; and specialist civil courts to become Business and Property Courts.
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