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Legal advice from Luke Patel on correcting mistakes in a contract

Mistakes sometimes occur when contracts are created with the result that there is a discrepancy between what the parties intended and...

Solicitor Luke Patel talks about loans and personal guarantees

Loans made to companies are usually secured by personal guarantees given by the directors of those companies whereby the director promises to...

Legal Advice: ‘Are email signatures valid?’

In the recent case of Neocleous -v- Rees the Court had to decide whether an automatically generated signature was considered to be...

Homeowner responsible for repairing building defects

The recent High Court case of Thomas v Taylor Wimpey Developments Limited will be welcomed by housebuilders but not by homeowners. In that case, Mr...

Estate Agent Finally Gets His Commission

By: Luke Patel of Blacks Solicitors Readers of Asian Express may recall the case of Wells v Devani back in 2016 when the Court of...

BLACKS SOLICITORS: Protect Your Goodwill

Most Traders work very hard to establish goodwill in their business. Goodwill is the reputation which a trader builds up in relation to specific...

BLACKS SOLICITORS: Is Time Of The Essence?

The phrase “time is of the essence” is one which sometimes appears in contracts but what does it mean and, more importantly, what are...

BLACKS SOLICITORS: Fake News – How Can The Government Ensure That...

The concept of “fake news” came to the forefront of public consciousness during the 2016 US Presidential Election campaign and with the rise of...

BLACKS SOLICITORS: Fraud Doesn’t Always Unravel All

In English law there is a maxim that “fraud unravels all”.  The presence of fraud could invalidate a contractual agreement or undermine a claim...

BLACKS SOLICITORS: “Till Death Do Us Part” -The Perils Of Being...

The recent case of Kings Court Trust Limited v Lancashire Cleaning Services Limited highlights the difficulties that a company can face upon the death...

BLACKS SOLICITORS: Another Bright Spark

Developing land is one way of increasing its value.  However, not all landowners have the expertise or the finance to do that.  Landowners can,...

The difference between defamation and malicious falsehood

If someone makes a false statement about an individual or company then that statement could either be defamatory or a malicious falsehood either of...

BLACKS SOLICITORS: Silence of the Insurers

Generally, insurers are not under a duty to warn policyholders about the need to comply with policy conditions during the claims process.  In the...

BLACKS SOLICITORS: It Is Not Necessarily Where you Live

In a surprising decision to some, the High Court has ruled that a Russian businessman living and working in Russia is domiciled in England...

BLACKS SOLICITORS: Oops… You Were Not Meant To See That!

An important part of the litigation process is the disclosure by the parties to one another of documents relating to their respective cases.  The...

BLACKS SOLICITORS: Court Rules Settlement Is Final

Many disputes settle without the need for litigation and even when proceedings have been issued the majority of cases settle before they reach trial....

Blacks Solicitors: GOVERNMENT TO CRACKDOWN ON LEASEHOLD ABUSE

Under English law property can be held in one of two ways, either under a freehold or a leasehold. When you buy a freehold...

BLACKS SOLICITORS: A Brief History of Lateness – missed deadlines and...

Court cases have a reputation for dragging on, with each step taking weeks or months. The courts themselves are only too aware of this...

BLACKS SOLICITORS: Beware Of Using Work Computers For Personal Matters

The perils of using your work computer for personal matters was recently highlighted in the High Court case of Simpkin v The Berkeley Group...

BLACKS SOLICITORS: Partnership Disputes

A partnership is essentially a business run by two or more people with a view to making a profit.  Unlike an incorporated company it...

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