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19 January 2018

The new General Data Protection Regulations will apply from 25 May 2018. It is very important that all organisations ensure that they are compliant with the GDPR as the risk of non-compliance may lead to penalties for infringement of up to 4% of global annual turnover or €20 million. The GDPR enhances the current data […]

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12 January 2018

This year, it will become illegal for companies to appoint ‘corporate directors’. Traditionally, companies have been relatively free to appoint other corporate entities, such as limited companies or LLPs, as directors. There are various reasons why this can be useful. For example, where a person holds shares in a company and also has the right […]

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05 January 2018

It’s a new year so time to set your goals for the 12 months ahead. Personally I’m a huge fan of January as it’s a time to reflect on what has changed in your life over the last 12 months whilst at the same time it’s a clean slate for what lies ahead. There is […]

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29 December 2017

A service charge is the means by which a landlord can recover from tenants the cost of maintaining and repairing their building and providing certain services. Given that the money comprising the service charge fund is usually made up of the contributions made by the tenants, there are often frictions in respect of how this […]

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22 December 2017

In this fast-paced and ever changing area of law, 2017 has been a year of employment law headlines as the courts have made this a landmark year for employment law. Here are this year’s key developments:  Holiday pay must include voluntary overtime  For businesses with a flexible workforce built up on low contracted hours and […]

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15 December 2017

It is not widely known but sometimes what you put in your Will may not be the last word on where your assets go after your death. A long held legal principle called “proprietary estoppel” can, in certain circumstances, unpick your Will and distribute your estate in accordance with “promises” you made to someone when […]

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08 December 2017

It is widely believed that who pays the legal costs of a dispute is entirely at the court’s discretion. In applying its discretion the court considers, but is not bound by the general principle, that the loser pays some or all of the winner’s costs.  What is less well known and something for businesses to […]

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01 December 2017

When you make a Will your need to choose executors. Your executors take on a considerable responsibility as they ensure your wishes are properly carried out and assume a duty to act fairly and properly. It is therefore really important that you chose people you trust. This week an executor was jailed for abusing his […]

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24 November 2017

Stamp duty or to give it its full title, Stamp Duty Land Tax (“SDLT”), is an up-front tax paid on all property purchases.  Following this week’s budget the Government hopes that by removing this up-front cost buying a first home will become more affordable and give the housing market a boost. Whether the changes will […]

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17 November 2017

Sadly cases of dementia are on the increase, however making a decision and then putting in place a Will or a Lasting Power of Attorney are not. In our experience, the older or more infirm people become, the less likely or willing they are to address the sensitive matter of loss of mental capacity. A […]

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10 November 2017

Have you noticed e-mail footers getting longer? Okay, just me then. Fair enough – you probably don’t pay much attention to them. After all, you have better things to do….like reading the e-mail itself. But you should at least be more aware of your e-mail footer. Here’s why: Information All companies and limited liability partnerships […]

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03 November 2017

Sexual harassment at work is serious. It can make employees and employers’ lives a misery and really affect how they do their job. In the wake of Harvey Weinstein and the increasing number of allegations made against personalities and politicians splashed across the news, we thought some clarity on the situation would be welcome. In […]

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27 October 2017

One of the most frustrating elements of buying a home in England and Wales is the threat of gazumping. Gazumping occurs when a buyer has had an offer to purchase a property accepted by the seller, but before the legally binding part of the transaction is reached, the seller accepts a better, usually higher offer […]

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13 October 2017

This month saw the launch of the new Business and Property Courts of England and Wales (‘B&PCs’).  This is the new umbrella name given to the former collection of specialist jurisdictions of the High Court.  The new Courts are designed to make the system easier and more efficient for both domestic and international users of […]

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06 October 2017

The protection of Intellectual Property rights are important to many companies as they encourage the research and innovation required to bring new products or services to market.  In simple terms, IP rights could prevent competitor companies from unfairly copying new products and launching their own same or similar product.  The competitor company, would it is […]

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29 September 2017

The Government has recently announced they are looking to completely overhaul the way Wills are made. Under present laws, which date back to 1839, Wills need to be in writing, signed by the person making the Will as well as two witnesses. Currently where a Will no longer reflects the wishes of the person making […]

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22 September 2017

Social Media and instant messaging is blurring the boundary between work and home. With communication just a click away, it is becoming the norm for us to send work related emails from home and increasingly tempting to send a personal message or two, or flick through Facebook for a quick distraction at the office. But […]

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15 September 2017

The publication of the Government’s second Finance Bill last week confirmed that the changes previously announced this year regarding the definition and tax treatment of non-doms will now take place and be back dated to the 6th April 2017. We set out below the new tests to see whether you are still in fact a […]

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08 September 2017

Many golfers will be familiar with the feeling – all you need to push yourself to the next level is to replace that one dodgy club.  Well, snapping up a bargain online may have just become a little easier, following the Competition and Markets Authority’s decision to fine PING for anti-competitive practices. Last month, the […]

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01 September 2017

Don’t we all? Well, before you start thinking of immediately quitting your 9-5 to live the dream, you should look at the following checklist and consider the risks involved and often not considered by those wishing to gain an extra income stream from letting property. 1. Finding and Funding Despite the agent trying to convince […]

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25 August 2017

A Lasting Power of Attorney is an important legal document that enables you (the Donor) to appoint someone (your Attorney) to act on your behalf in relation to your property and financial affairs and health and welfare matters, should you not be able to deal with such matters yourself at some point in the future.  […]

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04 August 2017

Last week’s shockwave ruling by the Supreme Court means that: It is now free for employees to bring a claim to the Employment Tribunal – prior to last week it could have cost up to £1200 Any fees paid to bring a claim since 29 July 2013 (totalling £27million) will now be refunded There will […]

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03 August 2017

The Grenfell Fire was a disaster that struck a chord with everyone, including those within the leasehold property sector who are managing or have dealings with blocks of flats on a day to day basis and assume at least some responsibility for fire safety. Whilst the police have recently announced that they have “reasonable grounds” […]

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28 July 2017

The Government this week announced a consultation on “Tackling Unfair Practices in the Leasehold Market”. Press coverage on leasehold property has been steadily growing over the last few months and following lobbying and various protests it seems the government is taking action. In the consultation paper they are proposing changes to the law about which […]

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21 July 2017

A recent court case decided that the court will not consider the landlord’s motive for redevelopment but only their intention when deciding whether a landlord can successfully oppose an extension of a new lease. Certain tenancies allow tenants the right to renew their lease.  Landlords can however, provided they can establish one of several specified […]

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14 July 2017

The RSA Chief Executive and former advisor to Tony Blair, Matthew Taylor, has now published his recommendations for modern working practices. This report is central to the Government’s agenda for change on employment status and its efforts to ensure that the UK is fit for the flexible demands of modern work. What might be the […]

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07 July 2017

Two recent court cases serve as a warning to trustees that they must properly account to their beneficiaries and that they must do so for many years. In the first case the beneficiaries were charities including the RNLI.  The trustee had persistently failed to provide accounting information to the beneficiaries of a trust created in […]

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