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Who does a section 20c order apply to?

Stuart Miles

Posted by Stuart Miles | Solicitor
On 23rd August 2019

It is common practice for freeholders to charge the legal costs incurred in dealing with determination proceedings to the leaseholders’ service charge accounts. This means that freeholders can seek reimbursement of their legal costs from the money paid into the service charge pot. Pursuant to section 20c of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, a leaseholder can ask the Court or Tribunal to make an order preventing their freeholder from using their portion of service charge to pay for their freeholder’s legal costs.

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Requesting Court Documents By Third Parties

Chun Wong

Posted by Chun Wong | Partner
On 6th August 2019

Last month, the Supreme Court was called upon in the case of Cape Intermediate Holdings Ltd v Dring (for and on behalf of Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK (2019) UKSC 38 to determine whether the public (i.e. a non-party) could obtain court documents in a civil case; balancing the need for open justice against commercial confidentiality/privacy interest…

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Court of Appeal Reverses Mostyn’s Decision in Cowan: Standstill Agreements Are No Longer Invalid

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On 2nd August 2019

Cowan v Foreman [2019] EWCA Civ 1336

For those unaware, earlier on this year a case was brought before Justice Mostyn – a judge of the Family Division of the High Court – in relation to late claims brought under Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (the 1975 Act), and he surprised the legal community by invalidating standstill agreements. Until that case, standstill agreements were commonly used to extend the time allowed to bring a claim against an estate (the limitation period) and were agreed by both parties…

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