Confidential Report into RBS’ Global Restructuring Group published by MPs

After months of discussions between the Treasury Committee and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), MPs have finally published the FCA’s report as to how the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Global Restructuring Group (GRG) mistreated thousands of small and medium sized firms. The FCA had refused to publish the report, citing legal reasons, but MPs decided … Continued


Property and Financial Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) – help or harm?

There has been a lot in the media recently about LPAs, in particular financial abuse.  Most astonishingly, former Court of Protection Judge Denzil Lush said that he would never sign an LPA because it could have a “devastating effect” on family relationships but is this simply because all the cases brought before him were the … Continued


No parking – Private property!

The Court of Appeal has confirmed that simply putting up a clear sign stating land is private will prevent others from gaining legal rights, like a right to park or a right of way, over the land.

Mooring a boat – do you have squatters’ rights?

In Port of London Authority v Mendoza, the Upper Tribunal considered whether the owner of a houseboat had acquired a stretch of the River Thames by adverse possession. Mr Mendoza attempted to claim possession of a stretch of Thames riverbed and foreshore on the basis that, although the Port of London Authority had title to … Continued

Commercial Property News

Unenforceable side letters – a warning for landlords

It is common for commercial landlords and tenants to document agreements, different to those agreed in the lease, in a separate side letter. One of the most common agreements seen in a side letter is that the tenant will benefit from a rent concession. The agreements contained in the side letter are often subject to … Continued

Fail to control Japanese knotweed at your peril!

Japanese knotweed is an invasive plant that can be found all over the country. It causes havoc because it grows quickly, causes physical damage to buildings and affects not only the value of the property but also its saleability and insurability. Furthermore, the costs of removing Japanese knotweed and treating the area in question are … Continued

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