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December 2016 update

The key points of the December 2016 update are summarised below.

Commercial empty property rates

Reference to the forthcoming rating revaluation has been added to Commercial empty property rates, see the page on Government position.

Commercial property insurance

A case summary for Great Lakes Reinsurance (UK) SE v Western Trading Limited was added to Commercial property insurance, see Insurance case law. As the Flood Re scheme has now come into effect, the page on Environmental impairment liability and flood risk was also updated.


Dilapidations has been updated fully to reflect the 7th edition of the RICS Dilapidations guidance note.


Easements has been updated to reflect 2 cases that contrast with Coventry v Lawrence. See Rights of light.

Expert evidence and advocacy rules and skills

New author Guy Fetherstonhaugh has rewritten the section formerly titled Advocacy skills and being an expert witness. The section, now Expert evidence and advocacy rules and skills, has been restructured and updated throughout.

Health and safety responsibilities

A brief summary of the Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd £5m fine has been added to Health and safety responsibilties. See the page Section 85 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 and Health and Safety (Offences) Act 2008.


Reference to Edwards v Kumarasamy [2016] UKSC 40 was made in Leases, see the page on Covenants.

Mixed use development

A summary for the case of Artist Court Collective Ltd v Khan [2016] EWHC 2453 (Ch) was provided in Mixed use developement. See After acceptance and nomination by tenants.

Stamp duty land tax

SDLT was updated throughout and also mentions proposals relating to effective and filing dates where 30 days might be reduced to 14 days.

RICS professional guidance and information

Recent RICS publications include:

Professional guidance


    See iConsult for the latest RICS professional standards and guidance consultation drafts.

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