Publications

Publications

Our lawyers contribute regularly to industry and legal journals including Building, Post Magazine and Solicitors Journal. In addition we write legal briefings, newsletters and case reports on our main practice areas.

Published and other articles are free and may be downloaded in PDF format.

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Joe Bryant and Rhian Deacy

Currently, in England and Wales, properties are most often owned as either freehold or leasehold. But this arrangement has been exploited over the years, with tenants often having to endure highly onerous leasehold obligations. The Law Commission has just published proposals for reform of this system, re-introducing the concept of ‘commonhold’ property ownership in an attempt to redress the balance and give those who don’t have freehold ownership a greater sense of freedom to control their dealings with their properties.

In this article, Joe Bryant and Rhian Deacy explain the new reforms, and how they might impact the UK property market going forward.

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Andrew Jones & Joe Bryant

Expert evidence can make or break a party's case at trial. Andrew Jones and Joe Bryant look at three recent Court decisions where the parties got it wrong and consider the risks to solicitors acting in litigation regarding expert evidence.

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Nathan Modell & Courtney Clark

On 20 July 2020 the UK Government published the long awaited draft Building Safety Bill (“the Draft Bill”), setting out proposals for reform of the regulatory regime for building fire and safety in England.

In this article, Nathan Modell and Courtney Clark discuss some of the changes introduced by the Draft Bill and how this will impact the construction industry in the future.

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Joe Bryant

It has been very interesting watching the FCA’s business interruption litigation playing out in the High Court this week. Whilst arguments have been made across every aspect of the various policy wordings that are under scrutiny, the key battleground has been causation; did the closure of policyholders’ premises cause their losses, or would those losses have happened anyway?


In this note, Joe Bryant provides brief closing thoughts on eight days of argument and how it may impact insurers in the future.

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Conor Williams, Niamh Loughran, Sarah Conroy

The role of the Labour Court (the Court) can be broadly divided between its industrial relations work (those issues coming to the Court under the provisions of the Industrial Relations Acts), and its employment rights work (those cases referred to it under any of the employment rights acts.) The Court published its Annual Report for 2019 (the report) on 17 June 2020. In this article, Niamh Loughran, Sarah Conroy and Conor Williams discuss this report.

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Antony Smith

With the Coronavirus pandemic only serving to exacerbate pre-existing tensions at all levels of the supply chain, the number of construction disputes is expected to rise dramatically in the coming months.

For parties with valid arbitration agreements, the first-step in resolving any such disputes will be to refer the matter to an arbitration panel. However, with Covid-19 leaving many of the world’s largest economies in recession, we are beginning to see some cash-strapped businesses try to resist their obligation to pay a proportion of the arbitration fee. In our latest Global Vantage piece, Antony Smith asks what happens when a party refuses to pay its share of the arbitration fee.

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James Hutchinson and Andrew Croft

On 9 July, Beale & Co were delighted to host its latest Architects' Roundtable for professionals in the industry. In light of the current circumstances, the roundtable was held virtually.

The roundtable provided an opportunity for architects to discuss the key issues that are currently affecting the industry and to debate the challenges they face now and in the future.

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Tara Cosgrove, Martin Browne, Sean O'Halloran

It has been revealed that most of the provisions of the Irish Consumer Insurance Contracts Act 2019 will commence in just six weeks. However, some of the most significant changes have been delayed until September 2021.

In this article, Tara Cosgrove, Martin Browne and Sean O’Halloran examine what portions of the act will commence and the preparations that insurers will need to make.

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