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How the law applies to cycling events – what cyclists need to know

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It’s sportive season and each year there are more and more events to choose from, with organisers stretching the boundaries by devising longer / more challenging routes and broadening their offering to appeal to a wider audience.

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The latest on the Parental Bereavement Bill

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Ali Cloak takes a look at the latest development on the Parental Bereavement Bill, which is now set to become law, and what this means for bereaved parents.

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Recent inquest appeal lowers threshold for establishing that someone has committed suicide

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In a judgment published on 26 July 2018, the High Court has changed the legal test to be applied in inquests when determining whether or not a person committed suicide.

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Cohabitee wins fight for half of partners £1.7m home

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A law graduate who lived with her partner won a legal fight yesterday that will leave her with half of a £1.7m home. The courts awarded Ms Ladwa half of the home despite arguments from her former partner, Ms Chapman, that she had funded the home and their lavish lifestyle entirely. The couple were engaged to be married but separated in 2016.

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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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