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Social media: let's jump on the bandwagon

Rosalin Gautam
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A few weeks ago, the promoters of pop band Little Mix were sued under the Equality Act 2010 for failing to make reasonable adjustments in the form of providing a British Sign Language interpreter for a deaf concertgoer. The Claimant, a deaf mother, sued the...

GDPR in a Nutshell

Jonathan Rathbone
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“Not another article on GDPR!” I hear you cry.  Businesses are increasingly aware that they need to be GDPR compliant by 25 May 2018 and are trying to work out what that means for them. There is plenty of information out there, but it is...

First Time Buyer SDLT Changes

Jess Reynolds
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During the 2017 Autumn Budget the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced the First Time Buyer Stamp Duty relief which came into effect as of the 22 nd November 2017.   There has been a mixed response to this new incentive which has been widely...

Barking mad or fair enough?

Andrew Turner
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It is a restriction that you will find in many leases.  A ban on tenants keeping pets in the property.  An absolute ban seems pretty black and white; pets are banned, simple. But what if the lease says that you can keep pets but you need to seek...

Special Guardianship Orders

Marcus Crawley
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Dealing with the death of a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences that a person can go through. This grief is made all the more painful when the loved one in question is taken before their time and leaves behind a young child or children without...

When innocence is no defence

Andrew Turner
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  Judges are only human.  They make mistakes and they get things wrong. This was illustrated all too clearly in the repossession case of Teign Housing v Lane. This was a Housing Association’s repossession claim against a tenant suffering...

Doping in Sport - considering the bigger picture

Petra Ratajova
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When people hear the word ‘doping’ they automatically think of an athlete who was using prohibited substances to enhance his performance in a competition and therefore is a culprit worth banning from competing ever again. But what about the...

I want my property back - is there a problem?

Andrew Turner
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There has been a lot of discussion in the media recently about revenge evictions and the precarious status of tenants who occupy residential properties on short term tenancy contracts or on monthly periodic contracts.  The argument goes that these...

COHABITATION: SEPARATING FACT FROM FICTION

Tom  Airey
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The common-law marriage myth A recent poll conducted by the Office for National Statistics (Families and households: 2017) showed that unmarried couples living under one roof is the fastest growing family type in the UK, more than doubling from 1.5...

Battle of the Beach Huts 2017

Andrew Turner
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A landowner allows an individual to erect a beach hut on his land. That individual then starts using the beach hut periodically and pays an annual fee to the landowner. After a few years, the landowner wants the beach hut off his land. What is the landowner...

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