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Mistakes in Contracts: Will the Court intervene?

Andrew Turner
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The Court is often reluctant to interfere with the relationship between contracting parties.  If however there is a mistake in the drafting of a contract, a party can apply to the Court for rectification of that mistake.  Rectification is typically...

Civil partnerships for all? - An update

Julie Bennett
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Section 2 of the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc) Act 2019 requires the government to make and bring into force regulations to extend civil partnerships to mixed sex couples by 31 December 2019. Other countries, including South...

The Tenant Fees Act: Landlords Take Note

Victoria Raven
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The Tenant Fees Act 2019 (“the Act”) came into effect on 1 June 2019. It applies to all new contracts signed after this date and will also apply to any existing tenancies from 1 June 2020.   The Act prohibits landlords and agents from...

Time to reflect - does a divorce petition have an expiry date?

Louise Rhys-Thomas
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Where one party to a marriage decides to send their divorce petition to the Court, formally starting those proceedings, this can be an emotionally difficult journey and one which may take some time. Why then would the Petitioner (as they then become known)...

A frustrating lease - the Brexit effect

Christopher  Lee
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Frustration of a contract occurs where an unforeseen event results in the contract (after it has been created) being physically or commercially impossible to fulfil. If a contract is ‘frustrated’, both parties to the contract are released from...

The Colour Purple...

Danielle Isaac
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Passing off: Confusion or Deception   A recent case (Glaxo Wellcome UK Ltd v Sandoz Ltd [2019] EWHC 2545 (Ch) (04 October 2019)) has highlighted that protecting your intellectual property at the outset should be a high priority. The Glaxo case...

With great power comes great responsibility

Caroline Farmer
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In recent years there has been a significant increase in the number of people being taken to court for abusing their position of trust as someone’s attorney under a Lasting Power of Attorney (or an old style Enduring Power of Attorney) or failing to...

Ship shape - Incoterms!

Emma O'Brien
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Emma O’Brien explores the use of Incoterms® in the delivery of goods in commercial contracts. Incoterms® are rules published by the International Chamber of Commerce and can be used to define the responsibilities of both seller and buyer in...

WHAT IS PARENTAL ALIENATION?

Katie Buswell
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  Parental alienation occurs where one parent (whether deliberately or otherwise) turns a child(ren) against the other parent.  Children’s reactions and feelings to separating parents are hugely influenced by the adult behaviour to which...

MANAGING THE FINANCIAL AFFAIRS OF MISSING PEOPLE

Claire Holland
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It is estimated that some 180,000 people run away or go missing each year in the UK.   When a person goes missing, there are huge emotional and practical implications for his or her family members. A new law which came into effect on 31 July 2019...

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