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After the GDPR: Subject Access Request Exemptions

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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018 have now been in force for over 2 months. Since the 25th May 2018, our employment and privacy teams have seen a large increase in the number of clients who are receiving subject access requests from both staff and customers.

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This new ‘dangerous cycling’ law is distracting government from the real priority: making our roads safer

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Mark Hambleton, partner and cycling advocate from our Personal Injury team, argues that plans for new laws on cycling aren’t tackling the real dangers on our roads.

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Is the Government finally ready to end inequality against families at inquests?

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An inquest into the death of a loved one is a difficult and emotional process. Without legal representation, it is the task of the families themselves to ask the right questions during the inquest to try and get vital answers about the circumstances of their loved one’s death. However, in the past the government has made this more difficult than it needs to be. So have recent calls to change been heeded?

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Key terms in New Build Conveyancing

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According to the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government Housing Statistical Release on 28 June 2018; there were 160,470 completions of new build properties from January 2018 to March 2018. This is an 8% increase from 2017.
There are clearly many people purchasing new build homes. However, do these prospective buyers understand the terminology frequently used by their solicitors and the developers?

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Will HM Land Registry be revolutionised by blockchain?

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Blockchain has been hailed the second generation of the internet and is better known for being the technology behind cryptocurrencies. The use of blockchain however, goes beyond cryptocurrencies and can be applied to a number of industries. A recent example being, Microsoft and Ernest & Young’s joint project which looks to find a more efficient way of managing royalty payments in the gaming industry. Blockchain is likely to transform a number of industries and property is no exception.

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Shocking statistics show how the state continues to fail to protect lives

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Official figures released on 25 July have shown that deaths in police custody have risen by nearly 65% to their highest figure in 10 years, with 23 people dying in the last year alone. These deaths occurred either in police cells or whilst being taken to hospital following detention in a police cell or arrest.

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Is it time for Inheritance Tax to be simplified?

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We have contributed to a public consultation run by the Office of Tax Simplification on how the UK’s inheritance tax regime could be made simpler and more accessible.

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How did talcum powder become contaminated with asbestos? What you need to know

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Abbie Porter from our expert mesothelioma team looks at the news that talcum powder could have been contaminated with asbestos, and what this means for the future.

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Tips for seeking legal advice – #SolicitorChat

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Our team got involved with the Law Society’s #SolicitorChat initiative, to help people on social media understand key topics around the legal profession. This time, Ali Cloak and Mark Hambleton offered their perspectives on instructing a solicitor.

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Supreme Court rules unhappy wife must stay married – comment from law firm Royds Withy King

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The Supreme Court has today ruled that an unhappy wife must stay married, despite living apart from her estranged husband since 2015. Supreme Court judges reluctantly made the ruling, saying that it was for Parliament, not the courts, to reform …

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How to successfully apply for the Help to Buy equity loan

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Many people find themselves in a position where they are financially comfortable with mortgage repayments, yet cannot save up the necessary deposit to purchase a home. The Help to Buy equity loan scheme offers the opportunity for purchasers to borrow up to 20% of their property purchase price (40% in London).

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Lasting Powers of Attorney – A tool to protect the vulnerable

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This month saw a care home fraudster, David Barton, sentenced to 21 years in jail for conspiracy to defraud and for theft offences against elderly and vulnerable residents at his nursing home. Reports such as these highlight the possibility of fraud and theft against elderly and vulnerable people. We look at how making a Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) agreement can protect your finances and welfare, and the decisions made around them.

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