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Colman Coyle success for Construction Client with the help of Third Party Funding

24 Apr 2015 by

Colman Coyle were instructed by a small private building company seeking to recover several hundred thousand pounds which it claimed to be owed having carried out substantial works to a luxury flat in London. The builder and the client had fallen out during the course of the works. The client terminated the contract and there ... more>

Criminal Record Request – A word of warning

22 Apr 2015 by

If employers want to know whether job applicants have a criminal record, they must use the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, previously the Criminal Records Bureau). The DBS will not, however disclose spent convictions. Some employers have developed a practice of insisting that applicants make a Data Protection Subject Access Request to get hold of ... more>

Spanish Company Successfully Challenge Jurisdiction of Claim

22 Apr 2015 by

The Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team have successfully challenged the jurisdiction of a claim brought in the High Court against a Spanish company by a UK based company. Colman Coyle were instructed by the Defendant Spanish company in a substantial claim against it for invoices that were alleged to be outstanding. Upon scrutiny of the ... more>

Managing Restructure, Redundancy and Change, Thursday 21st May, London

21 Apr 2015 by

Thursday 21st May, 5.00 - 7.00pm The Law Society,113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL Restructuring, redundancies and other change management programmes have become increasingly common. This seminar will consider some critical employment law & effective employee management techniques to help with the internal changes you may be facing. Our team has a wealth of experience on which ... more>

Howard Colman to visit Hong Kong and China in May 2015

20 Apr 2015 by

  Partner Howard Colman will be visiting Hong Kong and China during May 2015. Howard will be meeting with a number of  professionals and businesses who are involved in setting up businesses or investing in the UK, or have trade concerns involving English law. Howard  will also be attending the International Referral Conference, 28-30th May in ... more>

8 Key Changes in Employment Law in April 2015

17 Apr 2015 by

Some significant changes to employment law start in April this year, mainly in the area of family leave with the introduction of shared parental leave. 1)    Shared parental leave Shared parental leave and pay will be available where the expected week of childbirth starts on or after 5 April 2015.  In total up to 50 ... more>

I own a leasehold flat and the freeholder is a company which I believe has been dissolved. I have never received any communication or ground rent demands from the company. Can I buy the freehold?

16 Apr 2015 by

When a company is dissolved, the company becomes Bona Vacantia which means its assets automatically pass to the Crown. The Crown then becomes the owner and this includes property owned by the freehold company. This does not mean that the Crown becomes your landlord, as the liabilities of a company do not pass over. The ... more>

Help to Buy ISA

16 Apr 2015 by

In order to encourage and support first time house buyers, the Government is introducing a new Help to Buy ISA from Autumn 2015. The essential elements of the new scheme are as follows: Only persons who are 16 years or over are eligible. Maximum monthly savings to an account will be set at £200. Maximum ... more>

Legal Expert Column: I moved into a flat a few weeks ago and I have received a ground rent demand that is addressed to the previous owner. How do I go about changing this?

16 Apr 2015 by

This Q & A was first published in Absolutely City & Angel Magazine, April 2015. Our property team have a regular legal expert column in the magazine to answer questions on residential property. Question: I moved into a flat a few weeks ago and I have received a ground rent demand that is addressed to ... more>

Landlords: Watch out for Defective Notices

14 Apr 2015 by

One of the most common reasons for landlords failing to obtain possession orders for residential property is defective notices. From 6th April 2015 landlords, agents and other property professionals who serve a Section 8 Notice in England will need to ensure that they use the new updated form of notice. The new Section 8 Notice ... more>