Blog

Welcome to our news page and comments keeping you up to date on matters relevant to our clients.

Join Us! We are recruiting a Paralegal with a keen interest in Agricultural Law

➡The roleWe’re offering a friendly supportive environment, with super career progression for an ambitious and talented Paralegal. Surrounded by people you will learn from, you will be involved in a wide range of legal transactions within Commercial Property/Agriculture, becoming thoroughly engaged with our business and have a caseload working with clients ranging from local businesses,…
Read more

Monday 19th September 2022

Her Majesty the Queen’s Funeral will be taking place on Monday, 19th September and the Government has declared the day a national Bank Holiday to allow people the chance to pay their respects and commemorate the Queen’s reign.  Our firm will be closed for business on that day.
Read more

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

We express our deepest condolences for His Majesty King Charles, the Queen Consort and the Royal Family on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We are thankful for the great legacy left behind as a result of the Queen's profound sense of public duty and service to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth…
Read more

Welcome to our New Offices

We are delighted to welcome our clients and colleagues to our new offices: 18 Rodney Road, Cheltenham GL50 1JJ.  Located just off the High Street and close to John Lewis & Partners.  Metered on-street parking is available and in the nearby car parks.  A map showing our location is on our Contact Us page. A…
Read more

The Renters Reform Bill 2022 – How Will It Affect Private Tenants?

The Government have now published the much anticipated ‘Fairer Private Rented Sector’ White Paper setting out the reforms to be brought into law by the Renters Reform Bill 2022. The Bill aims to provide greater security for tenants renting in the private sector in numerous ways. The Renters Reform Bill creates a ‘blanket ban’ on…
Read more

HM Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee

We wish to join the nation in congratulating HM The Queen on an unprecedented 70 year reign of duty and service to all her peoples.  From all at Frank Smith & Co Solicitors we hope that you and your loved ones enjoy the long weekend of Jubilee celebrations.  
Read more

Rights of Way

In mid-February, DEFRA announced that it was repealing the 2026 cut-off date for adding unrecorded rights of way to the definitive map in England and Wales. The cut off was a provision in the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 that offered a line in the sand and a degree of certainty for landowners…
Read more

Tackling Onerous Ground Rents

Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act 2022 – Tackling onerous ground rents The Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act 2022 is the first in a series of proposed reforms relating to residential leasehold properties and follows increasing pressure to deal with onerous ground rents. The purpose of the Act is to make owning a leasehold residential property…
Read more

We’re Sponsoring the Andoversford Point-to-Point Races

We are delighted to be sponsoring the Andoversford Point-to-Point races this April. It's been a long two seasons since Andoversford last hosted racing, and the team are thrilled to be back with two fixtures in 2022 on consecutive weekends in April - Sunday 3rd April and Sunday 10th April 2022. The well-established Grand Annual fixture remains…
Read more

Potential Development Land – What You Need to Know

Most landowners will have had some experience in either selling land for residential development or perhaps putting sites forward into local area plans. Often, the transaction will be very lengthy, costly and will require the need to maintain a clear line of communication throughout between the seller, solicitor and land agent. In spite of this,…
Read more

H M Queen Elizabeth II – Platinum Jubilee 2022

We congratulate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her Platinum Jubilee. An historic event as the first British Monarch in history marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth.    
Read more

Proprietary Estoppel – Claim Fails as Promised Land Not Identified

This article continues on from the Rees v Windsor-Clive and others [2020] EWHC 2986 (Ch) case where the court considered a tenant's challenges to an arbitration award on notices to quit under Schedule 3, Case B of the Agriculture Holdings Act 1986 (AHA 1986). The landlord (claimant) brought forward a claim for possession while the…
Read more

Compulsory Purchase Orders

There has been a steady increase in the number of compulsory purchase orders over recent years particularly impacting those who own or run an agricultural business. After numerous years of public debate, HS2 – the high-speed rail link which connects London together with Birmingham and is earmarked to also link Manchester, Leeds and Crewe has…
Read more

Regulating Future Telecommunications

Regulating Future Telecommunications On the 28th December 2017, the Government made substantial revisions to the Electronic Communications Code to further regulate the telecoms market and to make it easier to formulate agreements with landowners. The consensus by those working in the industry is that the need for connectivity is increasing, but there is a delay…
Read more

Reservation of Stone and Mineral Rights Challenged

Court of Appeal recently upheld the High Court’s decision concerning the ownership and exploitation of mudstone. It held that whilst "mudstone" was a stone (and mines and minerals reservations may refer to "stone"), it was not sufficiently valuable to justify it being within the definition of mines or minerals reserved to a Seller in a…
Read more