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Honesty has legally become the best policy, be wary landlords!

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In a challenging decision sure to be felt throughout the real estate industry, the Supreme Court has handed down judgment on S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd in favour of the Tenant, S Franses. For the reasons explained in this article, this landmark judgment effectively extends the ground (f) test for redevelopment. But is this necessarily a good thing?

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Are directors right to be concerned about personal liability?

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Following a survey of 2,500 senior executives from across Britain, Spain, Italy and France, the Times has recently reported that one in four company directors has been subjected to at least one legal action from an employee, shareholder or regulator.

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Who needs to worry about cyber security?

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In considering whether or not your organisation is ready for the year ahead, cyber security should be at the top of your list.

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“Bankrupt moral leadership” or a necessity for equality and diversity?

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Oxford and Cambridge are accused of “bankrupt moral leadership” by senior academics for choosing to keep the Default Retirement Age (DRA) despite its abolition in 2011.

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Can a claim for adverse possession succeed where the circumstances involve fraud?

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In the recent Court of Appeal case of Rashid v Nasrullah [2018] EWCA Civ 2685 the Court considered whether a registered proprietor of the property could successfully claim adverse possession (sometimes known as squatters rights) of land which had been fraudulently transferred to him.

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Care homes – have you paid your data protection fee?

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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has begun formal enforcement action against care homes that have failed to pay the data protection fee (the Fee).

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Landlords of the high street – will your tenant pay their rent to you before Christmas day?

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The media are reporting that, despite the Christmas buying season, the high street continues to struggle with more and more buying happening online. We have seen big long standing brands like BHS disappear in recent years, others struggling and the rise of the likes of Amazon and associated businesses.

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Negative reviews online can cause serious damage to your reputation as a business – but how do you stop it spreading like wildfire?

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With our world becoming evermore immersed in a digital platform, businesses are forced to adopt an online presence in order to compete. With the increase in choice for consumers, companies must do more to market themselves to ensure their service offering stands out from the crowd. However, in some circumstances, businesses can promise too much, leading to consumers feeling misled.

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Supreme Court ruled – refusing to bake a cake with a message supporting gay marriage is not discrimination

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The long-awaited Supreme Court judgement in the ‘gay cake’ case has today been announced, the Supreme Court in Lee v Ashers Baking Company Ltd and Others has held that it is not direct discrimination for a Christian bakery to refuse to bake a cake containing a message supporting gay marriage.

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Professional negligence claims – adjudicate or litigate?

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Following a pilot scheme in 2016, the rules for pursuing professional negligence claims have changed. The new rules suggest that a claimant should indicate, in their initial letter of claim, whether they wish to refer the dispute to adjudication and if so, make proposals for an adjudicator, or opt for an adjudicator to be chosen by the nominating body. If they do not wish to refer the dispute to adjudication, they should give reasons why.

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Insolvency and Corporate Governance – Reforms Proposed

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On 26 August 2018 the Government announced new rescue measures and reforms which will aim to strengthen corporate governance and the insolvency regime for companies in financial distress.

The objective of the new measures is to establish a fairer balance between the rights of a company attempting rescue and the rights of its creditors seeking to be paid for the company’s debts.

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Are the apps that you use continuing to put your privacy at risk?

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We all use smartphone apps; in fact, many of us have come to rely on the apps on our phones to assist us in our daily lives – from online shopping, to internet banking, to watching live footage of what our pets are doing at home whilst we are at work.
But what do these apps do with the personal data they collect from us when we sign up, click download or enter our credit card details, and has the introduction of the GDPR made any difference?

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