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Property disputes: short term and hen party lets

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The Property Ombudsman Scheme received 16% more complaints last year than the previous year. Our Property Disputes team comment on the trends and highlight some scenarios that they have seen.

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Insolvency snakes and ladders: HMRC climbs up as other creditors slide down

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When a company collapses, there is usually a queue of creditors hoping to get back at least some of the money owed to them. With the new rules set to change the order in which creditors are to be paid in insolvency scenarios, individuals and companies relying on insolvency proceedings to recover debts may find themselves worse off.

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How pension schemes can conflict with human rights law

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Two recent decisions made by the courts of England and Wales have shown how the interpretation of the terms of pension schemes may conflict with the rights of persons under the European Convention on Human Rights. These cases have shown that courts are willing to find terms to be discriminatory, in circumstances where they may not reflect the general purpose of the scheme, nor modern family circumstances.

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The elephant in the (marginally smaller) room

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Mears Limited v Costplan Services (South East) Limited & Others [2019] EWCA Civ 502

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Deepfakes and the law – What can you do if your face appears in a deepfake video?

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“Deepfakes” are essentially computer generated ‘faceswaps’ created using Artificial Intelligence. The term originated around the end of 2017 when an online community began sharing deepfakes they had created amongst themselves. They started with fairly harmless content such as swapping Nicolas Cage’s face on to different actors in a variety of movies, but things took a turn for the worse when people started swapping celebrities’ faces on to the bodies of those involved in pornographic videos.

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LEGO – the building bricks for successful brand protection

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Earlier this year the children’s building toy company successfully  applied for the registration of the mark LEPIN by a Chinese toy manufacturer to be invalidated (UKIPO decision 0/142/19). LEGO proved to the satisfaction of the UKIPO that there existed a likelihood of confusion with the LEGO mark (section 5 (2)(b) Trade Marks Act 1994).

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The end of “no fault” evictions?

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As part of a comprehensive overhaul of the private rented sector in England, the Government has outlined plans to consult on new legislation to abolish “no fault” evictions, by repealing section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 (“the Act”).

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Can Instagram take your profile from you?

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Contributing authors: Charlotte Ebbutt and Stephen Welfare

For many people their social media account is something that can feel intimately personal. You may have poured hours into gaining followers, or you may use it to quietly keep up to date with world events.  But whatever the level of engagement, the bottom line is that like your phone number or email address, your username is yours, right?

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Could directors be liable for failing to prepare for Brexit?

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Shareholders and investors can make claims against the directors of a company if the company underperforms because it has been mismanaged or a director has breached their duties. These claims could arise if a company suffers a loss from poor Brexit preparations. Mactavish, an insurance company, has warned that if the loss is a result of risks which were not properly disclosed, director and officer insurance policies could be invalid.

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The copyright directive – AI censorship for the internet.

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Yesterday, Tuesday 26 March, the EU Parliament voted to adopt the new copyright directive.

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What does the latest Supreme Court decision on Wells v Devani mean for estate agents, business transfer agents and consumers?

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The recent Supreme Court decision in Wells (Respondent) v Devani (Appellant) 2019 has important implications for estate agents, business transfer agents and consumers. This was an appeal relating to an earlier decision in the Court of Appeal, which we had reported on in Estate Agent Today magazine back in October 2017.

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Does Johnny Depp hold trump card in abuse allegations?

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Johnny Depp is to sue his ex-wife Amber Heard for $50m (£38m) claiming her allegations of abuse are an ‘elaborate hoax’ as he seeks to restore his reputation. Solicitor Charlotte Ebbutt looks at this case in more detail.

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