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Landlords gain unique insight into legal and tax issues

Landlords gain unique insight into legal and tax issues

Landlords from across Essex and the South East gained valuable updates on the latest legal and tax changes when they attended an event at South Woodham Ferrers Council offices recently.

The event, which was hosted by Palmers, provided an overview of residential lettings, fraud, mortgage issues and Stamp Duty Land Tax.

Our legal team were also joined by Rachiel Cabrelli, a member of the Citizens Advice Bureau for Basildon and Thurrock, who offered guidance on the replacement of Housing Benefit with Universal Credit.

Robert Wybrow and Adam Cohen of Maynard Heady LLP Chartered Accountants also spoke at the event and shared their expertise on the latest taxation legislation affecting landlords.

Tim Steele, a Partner at Palmers, said: “There has been a boom in second home ownership and landlords in recent years, but with this, has come the desire for more knowledge on the tax and legal implications of property investment.

“This latest event provided an excellent grounding for experienced landlords and those who have no previous experience in the sector.

“Many of those who attended discussed how they had benefited from this insightful talk and I would like to thank our team and fellow speaker s for delivering such a riveting presentation.”

If you missed out on the event and would like to find out more about our range of legal services for landlords, please contact us.

Arbitration claim successfully defeated at the High Court

Arbitration claim successfully defeated at the High Court

Palmers has successfully helped a client defeat an arbitration claim at the High Court.

Our legal team acted for Pole 2 Pole Scaffolding Limited (“P2P”) in defeating a claim brought by Squibb Group Limited (“SGL”) for permission to appeal against an arbitration award.

Following a dispute relating to additional scaffolding works carried out by P2P, the parties entered into an arbitration agreement and an arbitrator was appointed.

At arbitration, it was determined that SGL should pay P2P a total of £97,620.19 plus VAT. There was a statutory 28 day period for SGL to appeal against this determination, which expired on 25 May 2017.

However, the firm did not issue an Arbitration Claim Form until 17 August 2017 – 84 days later – to seek and extension of the deadline and for permission to challenge the award.

Determining the case on paper in the Technology and Construction Court, which is part of the High Court, Mrs Justice O’Farrell found that SGL should not be granted an extension and did not have grounds for appeal against the determination made at arbitration. SGL was also order to pay P2P’s costs.

Adam Davis, Palmers Head of Construction Law, said: “We are delighted with the outcome of this case, which sees our client receive a payment totalling almost £100,000.

“This was an important success, which underscores our proficiency in all aspects of arbitration law.”

For help and support with all aspects of commercial dispute resolution, including arbitration and litigation, please contact us.