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1954 Act comes under attack

Andrew Turner
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The High Court has ruled that a landlord’s development scheme, contrived for the sole purpose of defeating a tenant’s security of tenure, allows a landlord to successfully oppose a tenant’s statutory request for a new lease....

Wills and Unmarried Couples

Charlotte Coombs
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It is very common these days for people to live together in committed relationships but without marrying or becoming civil partners. People in this situation are strongly advised to make Wills providing for each other because the law does not recognise this...

Don't panic! Get GDPR ready

Jonathan Rathbone
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Data Protection law is relevant to every business. It should not be ignored under the current rules, but under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), which come into force in May next year, businesses will be required to take another look at what...

Advance Decisions to refuse medical treatment

Peter Jackson
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An Advanced Decision to refuse medical treatment (An "Advanced Decision") is a statement made by a person who must have capacity to make it and be over 18, to refuse consent to medical treatment in anticipation that in future he or she may lack the...

Transferable ISA Allowance

Peter Jackson
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An individual Savings Account (ISA) is a savings account within which up to a certain limit interest is earned and capital gains made are free of tax. One of the characteristics of an ISA is that it can only be held by an individual. An ISA account can...

The GDPR clock is ticking - this is why you need to act now

Jonathan Rathbone
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If you are sending marketing e-mails to your customers and contacts, then you need their consent under the current rules, but many businesses will have sought that consent through pre-ticked boxes or as part of their terms and conditions – in other...

The Court cracks the whip

Victoria Raven
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A recent case has provided a stark warning to potential defendants that they should pay close attention to court documents and act promptly ( Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust v Shaikh). In this case, the claimant served a claim on the defendant,...

Without prejudice - so what?

Zuzanne Garside
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Many myths and misunderstandings surround the issue of without prejudice communications. What is a without prejudice communication? Without prejudice communications are commonly exchanged in relation to the settlement of disputes. When attempting to...

Property and Family Fall Out

Jane Witek
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Problems can be caused when informal arrangements are made by family members concerning the ownership or occupation of property. Comments are often made such as, 'No, we don't need a legal document drawing up - we're family'. Two recent cases...

Buying a Listed Building

Jane Witek
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Are you thinking of buying a listed building? The following are some useful tips when considering purchasing a listed property. 1. What is a listed building? In simple terms "listing" means that the building is on a national register as a...

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