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Eight new hires for Realty Law’s revamped legal team

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Specialist property debt collection firm, Realty Law Limited, has announced the expansion of its Birmingham-based team with the appointment of eight new staff. The new hires are led by senior residential property litigator Liz Rowen, a former partner of law firm Keebles, that was recently acquired by Knights. She is joined by former Knights colleagues,…

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Senior appointment at Realty Law

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Birmingham’s Realty Law has hired an experienced litigator to lead its commercial property debt collection practice. Darren Clegg, who is tasked with developing the firm’s portfolio of regional and national clients, has specialised in commercial and residential property dispute resolution for almost 25 years. He has previously worked at Shakespeare Martineau and Gowling WLG. Clegg…

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COVID-19 – Realty Law’s high level of service to continue

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We understand the current unexpected pandemic has affected many aspects of people’s lives, that’s why here at Realty Law we have ensured we have planned to adapt to the on going changes to continue to provide our best service. Our professional team of experts are at current working remotely making use of our highly effective…

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Gala Unity Strikes Again – the risk of duplication of management effort

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The issue of “appurtenant land” continues to cause complications with RTM blocks, as was shown in the recent Upper Tribunal decision of Firstport Property Services Limited v Settlers Court RTM Company Limited and Others [2019] UKUT 243 (LC). The Upper Tribunal in Firstport determined that estate service charges were not payable to Firstport from one…

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The Tribunal may not come to the rescue! Unsatisfactory service charge provisions

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The Upper Tribunal’s recent decision in the matter of Camden LBC v Morath and others [2019] UKUT 293 (LC) highlights the good sense of striving to agree variations to old leases, and the risk of relying on the Tribunal to remedy imperfect historical leases.   In Morath, the UT considered an appeal from Camden LBC after…

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Landlords beware – Defects on service charge notices

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The recent Upper Tribunal decision in Westlake [2019] UKUT 225 (LC) emphasises the importance in ensuring that service charge notices are correctly drafted and served. Whilst in this case the UT found in favour of the landlord, the UT stressed that where there could be any potential confusion as to the name and address of…

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Paying for Rubbish

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The Upper Tribunal recently reversed an FTT decision which allowed for a landlord to recover the costs of removing refuse which had been dumped in the car park area of a building via the service charge to tenants, leaving the landlord having to pay for the cost of removing fly-tipped waste. In Wilcock v The…

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Five minutes with … Zainab Khatoon

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Meet Realty Law’s Zainab Khatoon Why did you choose Realty Law? For the opportunity to join an exciting new law firm in a niche area. We are a close knit team with complementary skills and abilities – onwards and upwards! How do your colleagues describe you in three words? (A little) mad, supportive and a…

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Five minutes with … Amy Kay

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Meet Account Manager, Amy Kay Why did you choose Realty Law? I have worked in the property management industry for many years and was extremely excited by the prospect of being part of an expanding expert legal team that has vast experience in the sector. Describe yourself in three words. Talkative, approachable and complimentary. What…

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RICS publishes new professional statement on service charges in commercial property.

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Does new RICS’ statement serve up a fairer deal? The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has published a new professional statement on service charges in commercial property. Effective from April 1st 2019, Service Charges in Commercial Property (1st Edition), sets a marker for the standards of management required in the industry and provides nine…

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