July 2019 Archive

Are powers of attorney under attack again?

Powers of Attorney (PoA) (particularly Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs)) are, once again, receiving bad publicity in the press. Previously criticised in 2017 for being too open to abuse by a former Court of Protection Judge, Denzil Lush, LPAs have come in for further criticism in a recent report by the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI). MMHPI was established by Martin Lewis in 2016.

Commercial sense prevails for contracting out of LTA '54 leases

The Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (“LTA”) is not a new piece of legislation. It grants commercial tenants statutory rights, giving them the right to renew their lease on substantially the same terms if they remain in occupation at the end of the term. Landlord and tenants can contract out of these rights and the law was revised by the Regulatory Reform (Business Tenancies) (England and Wales) Order 2003 giving landlords greater flexibility in how to manage their property.
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