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Matthew Cox considers a recent case where a personal license had ended but the use continued. At what point did a prescriptive easement arise?

What happens when a personal licence to use a roadway ends, but no one realises? If the use carries on for more than 20 years, the user can obtain a prescriptive easement. The effects of a prescriptive easement are potentially far reaching, impacting on the future use and redevelopment value of land. Consider the recent case of London Tara Hotel Ltd v Kensington Close Hotel Ltd [2010].

Heath Marshall looks at recent challenges to the decisions of adjudicators and how the financial position of the winning party can affect their outcome

The decisions given by adjudicators are binding and enforceable through the Technology and Construct Court (TCC). The TCC has, however, entertained numerous challenges to the jurisdiction of adjudicators since the enactment of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (the Construction Act).

Paul Stafford explains why those who hold a manorial title, or those who challenge it, must examine the foundations on which the particular title stands

Manorial law continues to be a distinct and significant branch of the English law of property.

With the imminent introduction of the Bribery Act, John Starr outlines the new offences it creates and its implications for the construction industry

The Bribery Act comes into force soon, and introduces new offences, including an alarming offence of failing to prevent bribery. This could affect everybody, especially those doing business abroad. Bribery is widespread in many parts of the world where UK businesses operate, but any involvement will soon risk massive penalties. The annual total of bribes paid worldwide is estimated at over US$1tn. The cost of corruption in Africa alone has been estimated at more than US$148bn a year (thought to represent 25% of Africa’s GDP and to increase the cost of goods by as much as 20%).

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