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Birketts launches dedicated Commercial and Technology Team

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Birketts has announced the creation of a dedicated Commercial and Technology Team. Previously a specialism within the firm’s Corporate Services division, the Commercial and Technology Team has been created in order to harness the extensive sector knowledge and expert legal …

Birketts and Ensors advise on Employee Ownership Trust formation for Getech Ltd.

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Birketts and Ensors have collaborated to advise Education technology specialist, Getech Ltd in respect of its sale to an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT). Founded in 1989, Ipswich based Getech provide a wide portfolio of solutions including hardware, software, cloud products …

Birketts’ Sacha Wooldridge advises on the UK’s first ever successful ‘Expansion Worker’ visa application

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Birketts’ Sacha Wooldridge advises on the UK’s first ever successful ‘Expansion Worker’ visa application Birketts is pleased to have advised Parisian luxury goods retailer Bobbies, to secure the UK’s first ever issued ‘Expansion Worker’ immigration sponsorship licence and visa. Following Brexit …

Carol Ramsden to represent landowners in Stakeholder Working Group

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Birketts’ Specialist Public Rights of Way Consultant, Carol Ramsden, has been appointed as a representative of landowners on a national Stakeholder Working Group (SWG).   Originally set up in in 2008 by Natural England and now managed by the Department for …

Approaching the end of the arbitration scheme under the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Act 2022
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Approaching the end of the arbitration scheme under the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Act 2022

Birketts’ Ian Crowe and Charlotte Wormstone discuss the options available when the current moratorium period ends on 23 September 2022 (the Moratorium Period) and the ability to refer to arbitration is therefore no longer available. The current Moratorium Period effectively prevents …

Habitats and Housebuilding: Taking a Neutral Position
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Habitats and Housebuilding: Taking a Neutral Position

Nutrient Neutrality has been brought into sharp focus in recent months for planning authorities. Birketts’ Deborah Sharples and Edward Long discuss the impact of this for planning applications. Natural England’s advice regarding the requirement for nutrient neutrality, issued earlier this …

Energy Performance Certificates: Are you EPC Ready?
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Energy Performance Certificates: Are you EPC Ready?

This is your timely reminder that should the Minimum Energy Performance of Buildings (MEPB) Bill, currently on its second reading in the House of Commons, be passed, that the next set of energy performance changes to hit the property …

Overseas ownership of UK property – what you need to know
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Overseas ownership of UK property – what you need to know

It is just possible that you have missed the news that Companies House has created a new register for overseas entities (OEs) which opened for registrations on 1 August 2022. The Register has been created under the Economic …

Clear Guidance on renewal terms under the Electronic Communications Code
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Clear Guidance on renewal terms under the Electronic Communications Code

Clear Guidance on renewal terms under the Electronic Communications Code provided by  the Tribunal in the recent case of EE Ltd and another v Stephenson and another [2022] UKUT 180 (LC) (“Stephenson”) The new Electronic Communications Code (the “Code”) came …

Common-sense approach to phone operators seeking new rights over land
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Common-sense approach to phone operators seeking new rights over land

One of the main impetuses behind the new Electronic Communications Code (the “Code”), which came into force in 2017, was to make things easier for operators to put telecoms apparatus on land they don’t occupy, so as to in …

Further word of caution at time of settlement – ensure your final offer reflects the intended agreement
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Further word of caution at time of settlement – ensure your final offer reflects the intended agreement

My article in last month’s newsletter discussed the importance of ensuring that ambiguity within the settlement correspondence does not afford Claimants an opportunity to escape payment of costs under the small claims track when dealing with housing disrepair claims. The …

Cohobbitation disputes – trouble in the Shire!
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Cohobbitation disputes – trouble in the Shire!

Cohabitation occurs when two or more people occupy a property together. Cohabitation has become far more common in recent years as couples, friends and family members enter into informal and casual agreements to live together. This article explores some of …

LHA failed to comply with its own acquisitions policy
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LHA failed to comply with its own acquisitions policy

The recent Court of Appeal case of Abdikadir v London Borough of Ealing [2022] EWCA Civ 979 reinforced the importance of following your own organisation’s policy in relation to discharging duties towards those who present as homeless. Facts Ms Abdikadir (AB) …

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