Landlord and Tenant – Court Urges Simplification of ‘Right to Manage’ Rules

Landlord and Tenant – Court Urges Simplification of ‘Right to Manage’ Rules Procedures that have to be followed by flat tenants in order to wrest managerial control of their premises from freeholders are replete with traps for the unwary and, as one Court of Appeal case clearly showed, such a course should never be attempted without expert legal advice. The case concerned a right to manage company that had been formed with a view to taking over management of a block of 40 flats. Pursuant to procedures laid down by the Leasehold Reform Act 2002, the company had served notices on qualifying tenants inviting them to participate in the process.…

Using the Internet to Infringe Copyright? You Could Be Jailed!

Using the Internet to Infringe Copyright? You Could Be Jailed! The Internet is unfortunately fertile ground for those intent on wholesale infringement of copyright. However, as one case involving a music lover who made more than 600,000 pirated tracks available online showed, such behaviour does not go unpunished. The man operated three websites that were used as conduits for pirated music. His activities were sustained and persistent and had continued despite his receipt of a cease and desist letter. They had resulted in a notional loss to music copyright holders in excess of £1 million. His motive had been to share music with others and there was no evidence that…