Cases Review 2018 – 02

Conveyancers’ duty of care Two firms of attorneys were sued by the disgruntled owners of properties on which residential buildings were demolished with the intent that the property be consolidated and that a developer would construct a scheme on the whole and provide...

Cases Review 2018 – 01

Water discharge on to a lower property. A long-held tenet of our neighbour law is that the owner of a property is obliged to accept the water discharge from that of a property situated above it, provided that the water is not concentrated in that discharge. A recent...

Taking a Bath: ante-nuptial contracts revisited

Many of our more sophisticated citizens – especially business persons – elect to enter into an ante-nuptial contract (an “ANC”) prior to marriage. The intent usually is to separate their estates; to protect themselves against the insolvency of one of them and to...

Beware of once-off credit agreements

We often lend money or allow a purchaser credit, linked with the payment of interest. Think friendly loans, credit on a purchase of a bicycle, land and the like. Such agreements, however innocent they may be, may well be voidable in future, given a recent amendment of...

Shacking up; not getting knotted

Many couples shack up but don’t tie the knot. Conventional wisdom has it that such relationships are more prevalent today than in the past and, indeed, shacking up would appear to have benefits compared to more formal relationships, especially if the parties are not...