rhw Solicitors blog



Restrictive Covenants versus Development Rights….

Does the existence of a restrictive covenant in Deeds mean that I can’t develop my land? Well the short answer is ‘it depends!’ The starting point is always to properly consider the exact terms of the restrictive covenant, in addition it is also important to remember that the simple fact that a restrictive covenant exists […]


MEES – What you need to know as a Landlord or Tenant

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES)  What are they? They are regulations which relate to energy efficiency ratings of commercial properties. The current ratings range from A-G, A being the most energy efficient and G the least. The regulations state that from 1st April this year any commercial property that has an Energy Performance Certificate […]


The post Owens v Owens Landscape. What does it mean for ‘no fault’ Divorce?

For a case that generated so much interest, both with Family Lawyers and the general public, the end result of the infamous Owens case was a rather disappointing finale.  Just to recap: Mrs Owens petitioned to dissolve her marriage on the basis of Mr Owens’ unreasonable behaviour. Mr Owens defend the allegations and, eventually, the […]


rhw – Family Law Team listed in Legal 500

rhw are delighted to announce that our Family Law Team are now listed in the Legal 500! This demonstrates the level of commitment and dedication the team has shown over the past few years and the fact it has been recognised by those who spend their lives assessing this area of Law. If we can […]


S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd – Landlords and Tenants Hold their Breath……

Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 Demolish or Reconstruct ground [s.30(1)(f)] to be considered by the Supreme Court – Part 1 S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd (Judgement [2017] EWHC 1670 QB appealed) was heard by the Supreme Court on 17 October 2018. The decision will have significant consequences  and landlords and tenants across […]


Civil Partnerships for All?

In June, the Supreme Court ruled that denying heterosexual couples the right to have a Civil Partnership was inherently discriminatory. Hot on the heels of this judgement, The Prime Minister recently announced her government’s intentions to make it possible for heterosexual couples to enter into Civil Partnerships, rather than get married. Would this be an […]


Sexism in the Business World – The message is not getting through

Unless you have been in hibernation for the last 12 months you cannot have failed to notice the “Me Too” campaign. Some dismiss this campaign as over sensitive, hysterical women. Surely, there is nothing wrong with a bit of flirtation and banter in the work place or at a corporate event? Surely such behaviour does […]


Live in the Now | Manage Simply | Live Happily – for World Mental Health Day 2018

Many employers talk about wellbeing and mental health issues. At rhw we are putting what we talk about into action! To mark World Mental Health Day we are posting this snap-shot of what’s going on inside rhw.  Know a colleague who doesn’t sleep well? Someone in your team who doesn’t cope well under pressure or recently suffered […]


Is it Time to Look at Your Lease Terms?

One of the areas we get asked about from time to time by clients and enquirers are upward only rent reviews. These were very popular among landlords, for obvious reasons, during the 80’s and 90’s. The recent challenging trading environment for many retailers on the High Street as well as those operating in other commercial […]


Guest Blog for October – Why use a Property Search Agent?

rhw like to keep their finger on the pulse of what is going on from the point of view of others in the wider business world. To this end we like to, once in a while, feature a guest blog from one of our contacts. Today we feature a case study provided by our guest blogger […]