Easements, covenants and other third party rights

Successful land owner in Electronic Communications Code 2017 application awarded only a fraction of its costs (Upper Tribunal) The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) has decided that a freeholder and tenant who were successful in relation to a telecommunications operator's application under the Electronic Communications Code 2017 would only receive £5,000 each from the operator towards their costs. The underlying dispute related to the operator (C) seeking to exercise its right to access a property to carry out a survey as to its suitability as a replacement site for communications equipment.…

New dinosaur themed adventure golf course officially opens

"We are delighted to announce the grand opening of Playgolf's newly themed Dinosaur Adventure Golf Course! We have been acting for Playgolf for many years." - Dinesh Raja Mighty Adventures celebrated the opening of its new crazy golf course, Viking Valley, in Hedge End, Southampton on Saturday, May 18. After hosting a VIP launch in the morning, complete with a book reading by Nat Luurtsema, author of the Mighty Adventures children’s books, the course was opened to the public where visitors received 50 per cent discount on tickets. Click Mighty…

What happens during a Sale of a Commercial Property

It's important when selling a commercial property, that you are aware of the process and documents required to complete the transaction and to satisfy the buyer. We have provided a brief summary of the steps taken by us as your solicitor when dealing with the sale of a commercial property: Step 1 After we have been instructed and the heads of terms have been agreed, we will prepare a draft contract which we will send to the buyer’s solicitor for approval. We will also provide up-to-date Land Registry title documents…

MIAM – What you need to know about family mediation

Family breakups are, without doubt, one of the most stressful and upsetting processes anyone can go through. This is particularly true if there are children involved, and/or the separation is not amicable. Divorce can be a long, drawn-out process that can also hit your finances hard, especially if every communication is done through a solicitor. ‘Quickie’ divorces are not as easy to arrange as you may think and if you’re heading for the family law courts, you have to go through a period of mediation beforehand. MIAM was introduced in…

Changes to the Leasehold System – How do they affect you?

After the release of the latest committee report into the housing industry and developers’ use of leasehold agreements, many landlords are concerned that the government’s response could impact their businesses. Here, we look at the committee’s findings, examine what the government’s response is likely to be, and discuss the reaction of the housing sector so far. Committee Report Produced by MPs sitting on the Housing, Communities, and Local Government Committee, the report has caused alarm amongst many in the housing industry. Tasked with examining abuses of power in the leasehold…

Change in divorce law looks set to stop the blame game

The news that no-fault divorce is likely to become law has been welcomed, but while the legislation waits for its place in the parliamentary calendar, families must continue to deal with one party being ‘blamed’ for the breakup or wait for the change in the law. And with the parliamentary calendar full of another divorce - the UK’s departure from the EU – no date has been given for debating the proposed changes. Official statistics show that almost half of divorce petitions between 2016 and 2018 cited behaviour as the…

The Tenant Fees Act 2019

For all assured shorthold tenancies, tenancies of student accommodation and most licences to occupy, which are entered into on or after 1st June 2019, The Tenant Fees Act 2019 will limit what a landlord can charge tenants. As a result of the Act, tenants will now face reduced costs when starting a new tenancy on or after the 1st June 2019. Prohibited Payments Landlords will only be permitted to charge seven different types of payment in connection with any of the tenancies mentioned above which are entered into from the…

UK Tier 1 Investor Visa Service – A fast track to UK Citizenship

Bowling & Co have partnered with specialist immigration law firm Davenport Solicitors to provide Bowling & Co with a dedicated team of immigration lawyers with decades of experience in helping overseas High Net worth Individuals (HNI’s) who wish to invest and live in the UK. Foreign direct investment in the UK at a record level The UK remains a top destination for foreign direct investment (FDI), according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), with investment increasing by 12.6% in the last year. 10 reasons why the UK is the…

Stepping up to the challenge of the sale board

Homeowners, estate agents and solicitors up and down the country are wondering whether to expect the traditional upsurge in the property market in April and May. It’s not looking very rosy, according to recent figures from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, whose members reported that they expected sales to fall in the next three months. Overall, their outlook for the housing market was the worst for 20 years, and the lack of clarity around Brexit has shouldered the blame for that, with lack of supply and affordability also affecting…

Interview with Vikram Kumar of our Family department

Interview with Vikram Kumar, Solicitor in our Family Law department Q: How long have you worked at Bowling & Co? A: Since October 2013. Q: What aspects of law first attracted you to the profession? A: The ability to help others by finding practical solutions to dealing with their matters with the benefit of knowledge and experience of the legal issues related to them. Q: Who (or what) inspired you? A: Watching my parents as I grew up working very hard to provide for my brother and me. Q: How…