Keyword search Enter keyword Select practice area Select practice area Commercial contracts Banking and finance Construction and engineering Corporate Data protection Debt recovery Employment EU and competition law Insurance Intellectual Property Litigation and disputes Pensions Planning Real estate Regulatory and compliance Restructuring and insolvency Tax Clear [x] Turnover rents: Issues for landlords and tenants to consider before signing up04-03-2015In challenging and uncertain trading conditions, turnover rents have become a common method of reviewing rent in the retail sector. CMA consults on competition redress scheme guidance04-03-2015In October 2015, the Consumer Rights Act is expected to come into force.Project Waltz - Has the music stopped?04-03-2015The long awaited judgment on remedies in the case of IBM United Kingdom Holdings Ltd and another v Dalgleish and others has now been handed down.Your questions answered: Can time spent 'criminally' squatting go towards time needed to establish adverse possession?03-03-2015Yes: the court has held that although a person squatting in a residential building is committing a criminal offence this does not prevent him relying on his criminal act when applying to register title on the basis of adverse possession.UK company law - an update on implementation of key changes03-03-2015The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills has released a provisional timetable for implementing key corporate changes to be introduced by the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill.CMA seeks information on online reviews and endorsements02-03-2015The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has invited views from the business community and consumers on the development of online reviews and endorsements.Guarantees - are the Courts relaxing their approach?02-03-2015Over the years we have seen a trend with the Courts in England protecting the guarantor. In this article we take a look at two recent cases where the Courts appear to have shifted to a more creditor friendly approach.Prevention better than cure?26-02-2015Earlier this month the Insolvency Service issued an updated draft statutory order regarding the provision of essential IT supplies which is planned to come into force on 1 October 2015.Turning a blind eye...26-02-2015The case of Webber v Department for Education has finally been decided definitively.Today's the day! New Public Contracts Regulations 2015 now in force26-02-2015The new Public Contracts Regulations 2015 are in force from today in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.Big data, big deal?25-02-2015The first week of each New Year sees the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) roll into Las Vegas, providing an annual glimpse into the future of consumer technology.Law Commission's final report on rights to light is published23-02-2015On 4 December 2014 the Law Commission published its final report setting out its recommendations to reform the law concerning rights to light.A New Protocol for Applications for Consent23-02-2015A new Protocol for Applications for Consent to Assign or Sublet has been drafted to apply to commercial property in England and Wales.Will 'online dispute resolution' have its day in Court?23-02-2015The Online Dispute Resolution Advisory Group produced a report in February 2015 which supports a movement towards online dispute resolution (ODR).EU Commission investigates UK power plant proposals20-02-2015The European Commission has announced that it has opened an in-depth State aid investigation into UK plans to give financial support to the biomass conversion of the coal fired Lynemouth power plant.Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 201520-02-2015The CDM Regulations are the principal regulations for managing health, safety & welfare of construction projects and apply to everyone involved in construction and development projects. The new 2015 regulations are due to come into force on 6 April 2015.F and G ratings in EPCs - can you let your commercial property after 1 April 2018?19-02-2015There has been concern for some years that a low EPC rating may prevent a commercial property in England and Wales from being let in the future. We now have the detail of the government's plans.New compensation limits from April18-02-2015New limits for awards for compensation for unfair dismissal, and statutory redundancy pay, will apply where the dismissal takes place on or after 6 April 2015.Doing the deed for occupation17-02-2015If a landlord grants a licence allowing its tenant to assign its lease, but a deed of assignment is never completed, what is the status of the proposed assignee if it goes into occupation?New statutory rates from April 17-02-2015New rates for statutory maternity, adoption, paternity, shared parental and sick pay will come into effect on 5 & 6 April 2015.Collective consultation: is Woolworths once more set to change the regime?17-02-2015On 5 February 2015 the Advocate General (AG) delivered his opinion in what has become known as the 'Woolworths' case'. Whilst the judgment of the ECJ is still needed, we look at what might be in store for employers as a result of the AG's opinion.EU Parliament sets up 'special committee' as State aid tax probe continues16-02-2015The European Parliament has set up a special committee to examine whether Member States broke EU rules by offering tax breaks to large multinational companies.Permitted development rights and public houses16-02-2015On 26 January 2015, the government announced measures intended to give further protection from demolition and development to those public houses which are considered to be of most value to local communities.Government response to planning application process improvements16-02-2015The government has published a response to its consultation on improvements to the planning application process, the key outcome of which will be a consolidated version of the Development Management Procedure Order 2010.Fifty shades of grey? Older workers could dominate in the workplace13-02-2015With an ageing population, the future is grey and organisations need to adapt to a changing economic and social landscape. We consider the legal framework for employers to help them avoid the pitfalls and reap the benefits of an older workforce.Use of cancellation schemes of arrangement in takeovers to end imminently12-02-2015The government introduced draft legislation in January 2015 to prevent the use of reductions of capital by target companies using takeover schemes of arrangement. In other words, no more takeover cancellation schemes.The arrival of the Groceries Code Adjudicator11-02-2015The Groceries Code Adjudicator, Christine Tacon, has announced that she is to investigate Tesco for its conduct under the Groceries Supply code, after reports of accounting irregularities.When can workers carry over untaken holiday?11-02-2015Workers who are unable to take holiday due to sickness or maternity absence are entitled to carry over that untaken holiday into the next holiday year. Public Contracts Regulations 2015 set to come into force February 201510-02-2015On 5 February 2015, the government published the final form of the new Public Contracts Regulations 2015. Mid-market corporate finance - trends in 2014 and a look at the year ahead09-02-20152014 saw two competing trends - increased market optimism alongside increased regulation. M&A, and expansion of existing businesses have been firmly back on board room agendas and that energy in the market has often been supported by external finance. Agency: deals and duties05-02-2015The recent Court of Appeal decision in Tigris International NC v China Southern Airlines Company Ltd and another  has reiterated that it is of paramount importance that businesses take care to use commercial agents that they know and trust.UK merger control update - magazines, lubricants and pork pies.04-02-2015It has been a busy start to the year for the Competition and Markets Authority's (CMA) merger control teams, with the CMA identifying possible concerns arising from no less than four deals in January. Top 10 employment liabilities to look out for when buying a business04-02-2015Buyer beware - Business purchases present numerous traps for the unwary particularly in terms of the employment liabilities which may be transferred. In this article we consider the 'top 10' such liabilities a buyer may face when purchasing a business.State aid: UK flood insurance scheme gets Commission green light03-02-2015The European Commission has given State aid approval to a UK scheme designed to make sure that owners of properties at risk of flooding can obtain affordable insurance.Obesity epidemic - a new disability challenge for employers?30-01-2015According to NHS statistics 25% of people in the UK over 18 years old are classed as obese. The Court of Justice of the EU has recently confirmed that obesity can be a disability. We consider the practical implications of this decision for employers.Training for in house lawyers in 2015 and beyond29-01-2015The SRA have new proposals for legal training. This broad new training regime for all aspirant and qualified solicitors is expected to come into force from November 2016.Progress in criminal cartel prosecution - more to follow?29-01-2015On 26 January 2015, two individuals entered pleas of not guilty to criminal cartel charges brought under the Enterprise Act 2002.Contractual terms to protect your database - a practical alternative to copyright28-01-2015The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has handed down a ruling that may significantly affect owners of databases of information who wish to restrict how their data is used and those who make use of such databases.Financial reporting standards: all change28-01-2015Companies in the UK are being urged to ensure that they are fully prepared for the effect that new financial reporting standards will have on their year end accounts.Clear days: some clarity26-01-2015The Companies Act provisions governing the length of notice shareholders are entitled to prior to annual general meetings (AGMs) and general meetings can prove tricky to interpret.The right to be accompanied... only this person please26-01-2015ACAS has published an updated draft Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures, which amends earlier guidance relating to a worker's right to be accompanied.Rihanna retains 'passing-off' victory against Topshop26-01-2015In 2013 global pop sensation Rihanna took legal action against the retail giant and its parent company Arcadia Group Brands Ltd, for using an image of her on a t-shirt and succeeded in the High Court with her claim of passing-off.Planning promotion agreements26-01-2015Over the past five years, planning promotion agreements - also known as land promotion agreements - have become increasingly popular with both landowners and developers as an alternative to option agreements.Revised rates for Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) in Scotland23-01-2015The Scottish Government has announced revised rates for residential properties under the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT), which replaces Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) in respect of land transactions in Scotland with effect from 1 April 2015.ICO issues Enforcement Notice in response to Office data security breach22-01-2015Shoe retailer, Office, has become the latest retailer to have its knuckles wrapped by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) following a data protection breach which resulted in more than one million customer records being exposed.FCA gets ready for concurrent competition powers21-01-2015On 1 April 2015, the FCA acquires competition law enforcement powers in the financial services sector.Party like it's 1-999: New Years Eve fire provides reminder of proof requirements under the Consumer Protection Act 198720-01-2015When Mr Hufford invited his parents around for a celebratory lunch on New Years Eve 2009, he couldn't have envisaged it would bring product liability notoriety.Simplifying business names legislation20-01-2015New regulations coming into force on 31 January will simplify requirements relating to company and limited liability partnership (LLP) names.Retail: Feeling the New Year hangover?19-01-2015Black Friday and the Boxing Day sales have been and gone, and retailers could be forgiven for breathing a sigh of relief and pausing to take stock.Are we 'Fit for Work'?13-01-2015The Fit for Work service launched, on a phased basis, on 15 December 2014 to offer impartial advice to employers for dealing with long-term sickness absence.Your questions answered: Will the new possession powers for ASB still allow orders against a tenant who is not the perpetrator?13-01-2015When seeking a possession order due to anti-social behaviour, landlords currently rely on discretionary ground 2 Housing Act 1985 or ground 14 Housing Act 1988, depending on the type of landlord.Pension Schemes: Pension Protection Fund and Contingent Assets 2015/1612-01-2015This update looks at employer insolvency risk, last man standing schemes and contingent assets, following the publication of the Pension Protection Fund's Levy Estimate for the 2015/16 levy year.Pension Schemes: The Pension Protection Fund and Asset Backed Funding arrangements12-01-2015The Pension Protection Fund has published its appendix and guidance on valuing and certifying ABCs for levy purposes. Asset Backed Contribution arrangements (ABCs) are becoming a more common way of funding pension schemes and managing deficits.Making reasonable adjustments - when does an employer know that an employee is disabled?06-01-2015The obligation to make reasonable adjustments for a disabled employee is one which many employers grapple with on a regular basis. However, the obligation depends on an employer having knowledge of the disability. We consider what this means in practice.Evolving employment rights and surrogacy06-01-2015Employment rights for parents in a surrogacy arrangement are currently limited - it is the birth mother who is regarded as the child's mother for the purpose of taking maternity leave and not the intended parent. Changes are however afoot from April.Directors reminded of their duties in multi-million pound fraud case05-01-2015A recent case has highlighted a number of points relevant to directors and their duties to the company.Digital Services - Changes in the place of supply for VAT purposes05-01-2015From 1 January 2015, there will be a major change to the EU VAT rules which will affect businesses established in the EU and that supply digital services to end consumers located in other EU jurisdictions.The hidden side of permanent health insurance02-01-2015Permanent health insurance can be offered to employees to cover the event that they become ill and unable to work. While this benefit can be useful to employers when attracting employees, employers need to be aware of the potential hidden costs.Private equity investors must ensure their investee companies comply with competition law02-01-2015On 30 December 2014, the Dutch competition authority announced it had fined three investment companies between 450,000 and 1.5 million (EUR) for their investee businesses' involvement in a cartel in the flour industry.