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Controlling the Idiot in the Deal

When I was a young man starting in business I read the book “Winning Through Intimidation” by Robert J. Ringer. The book, though denounced by some at the time, was not really about intimidating people, but of not being...more

One of the Most Important Steps In Any Construction or Injury Case

During my years of litigation, and equally so now in the field of litigation graphics, I became convinced of the importance of inspecting whatever items and locations that a case revolves around in order to visualize and then...more

Graphics to Help You Better Build Your Construction Case

In construction litigation, almost every description—from Aggregate, Beater Bars and Canusa wraps, to Wonderboard, Yokes and Z-bars—involves specialized language of the trade that must be made understandable. Visual aids...more

Task Force on Disaster Preparedness and Response: A Stellar Inaugural Year

Originally published in The Brief, Volume 41, Number 4, Summer 2012. TIPS Chair Randy Aliment’s 2011–2012 theme is Disaster Preparedness and Response. The Disaster Preparedness and Response Task Force was formed in...more

How to Create the Most Effective Demonstratives for Real Estate Cases

At Cogent Legal, real estate and land use cases are among our favorite to support. They can offer up rich and tangible imagery to shape for jury scrutiny. Not surprisingly, trial teams for such cases, on occasion, come to us...more

OPERATING EXPENSE CLAUSES IN COMMERCIAL LEASES: The Capital Expenses Exclusion

Our last note highlighted the importance of effectively negotiating exclusions to Operating Expenses and offered examples of some exclusions that, if not properly negotiated, can significantly impact the tenant’s bottom line....more

UK REITs: A New Dawn

UK Real Estate Investment Trusts (UK REITs) were introduced by the Finance Act 2006 to give investors a tax-efficient way of getting exposure to commercial property. This special tax regime came into force on 1 January 2007...more

Taxing Times: HMRC set to fine firms £3,000 for "assisting in preparation of incorrect SDLT returns"

Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (“HMRC”) has announced that it intends to start imposing the maximum penalty of £3,000 in respect of online and paper SDLT returns under section 96 of the Finance Act...more

"You've got a friend" , The Friendly Side of the Social Network

Join me at the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law's (RPTE) 22nd Spring Symposia in Washington DC on April 28, 2011 where we will discuss "The Positive Side of Social Media" - the...more

“Squatters Rights” to be axed in the UK and new Government Guidance

Many of my followers outside the UK ask me about the rather bizarre nature of “squatter’s rights” in the UK. How can members of the public take over vacant properties (such as Saif Gaddafi’s Hampstead home, or Guy Ritchie’s...more

Asset and Liability Protection for Your Business or Rental/Investment Property

Asset and Liability Protection for Your Business or Rental/Investment Property If you purchased real estate as part of a business purchase, if you inherited real estate, if you are retired and own properties you want to...more

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