April Fool giveaway

It’s my birthday in April, so I’m giving a 10% discount on all new legal work where I receive (and accept)instructions in April 2010 – you need to quote “promo code April Fool” when giving the instructions (on the authority form, in the case of new clients) in order to qualify, so don’t forget Comments
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Hotels and restauants, too

Though this blog is mainly about public houses – hence its name – most of the comments and information apply equally to hotels and restaurants, too In that connection, I am (I hope) on the brink of completing what has been a very lengthy and complicated leasehold hotel purchase. I expect moist of the details will be boring to those not directly involved, but there may be some...
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Clients slow me down

For the first time in ages, if not ever, I have a client (a publican at that) who has not sabotaged the start of his own transaction by not supplying paperwork, etc, and so slowing me down The pub has been on the market for the best part of a year, but in readiness for finding a buyer, my client sent me the lease, the premises licence, the certificates and reports, asbestos survey, etc, so that...
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Conveyancing process: ready to complete?

This is the stage just before completion of the sale and purchase: ff the draft transfer, etc, are approved (and, if appropriate, signed by the buyer), the final enquiries are satisfactorily answered, the pre-completion search results are satisfactory, and the licence to assign is agreed by the freeholder, the seller’s solicitor will get the completion papperwork signed by the seller, and...
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more on leaseholds

Because of experience in the past, where pubs changed hands – sometimes several times in quick succession – without repair work being done, so running down the estate, Enterprise Inns (for one pubco) now arranges for a schedule of outstanding repairs to be prepared, and usually requires the outgoing tenant to carry out those repairs before the change of ownership can proceed –...
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Leasehold pubs

Stage 10 in my overview of pub sale and purchase procedure: ” If the pub is leasehold, it is normal that the landlord’s consent to the transfer of the lease to the buyer is needed. Whatever timescale the buyer and seller have agreed, this is subject to the need to get “licence to assign” first. Usually, the procedure for this will have been started at stage 1, so that...
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