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High Court rules on key contractual issues in post office group litigation

By Gwendoline Davies, Nick McQueen On 15 March 2019, the High Court handed down its first judgment on substantive issues in the high-profile Post Office Group Litigation, as Commercial Dispute Resolution specialists Gwendoline Davies and Nick McQueen explain. The judgment, which stretches to 315 pages, is notable because it covers many different key contractual issues, […]

Unfair relationships: The latest for lenders

By Christina Gill January 2019 saw two key cases concerning ‘unfair relationships’ between lenders and borrowers. Banking & Finance Litigation specialist Christina Gill looks at Pontearso v Greenlands Trading and Pilgrim Rock v Iwaniuk  and explains the latest key takeaways for lenders. What is an ‘unfair relationship’? Section 140A of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 (CCA) provides […]

The changing face of non-disclosure agreements

By Jo Tunnicliff Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst has announced that the rules surrounding non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and confidentiality clauses will become more restrictive. We look at the proposed changes and how these could impact employers. How are such agreements used at the moment? Currently, a large number of employers use NDAs and confidentiality agreements to […]

Care home providers get new guidance from the CMA on terms of service

By Nina Smith The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has issued guidance for care home providers to assist with compliance under both the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and the Consumer Rights Act 2015. The previous guidance, issued by the Office of Fair Trading back in 2003, was withdrawn at the start of […]

Gas safety certificate must be provided before start of residential tenancy

By Georgina Kenny, Lucy Shepherd A second case confirms that a landlord who fails to provide a gas safety certificate before the start of a residential tenancy cannot later terminate the tenancy by using a section 21 notice. The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 (the Regulations) oblige landlords to provide a copy of […]

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In the firing line

When the bar’s immunity from being sued was abolished, many feared that claims would spiral out of all control, but Brendan Malkin finds the floodgates have not opened – at least not yet The decision in Hall Simons was heralded as a defining moment in the history of the bar. A barrister’s immunity from being […]

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Mark Stephens, the media luvvie extraordinaire (sorry, that should be media lawyer extraordinaire), has been having a little bit of a problem with his siblings of late.It seems that our Mr Stephens has annoyed his sister with the effortless zeal with which he seems to achieve things. Not through any fault of his own, you […]

NE merry-go-round as Read Hind partner quits

Leeds firm Read Hind Stewart has lost one of its most senior partners Andrew Laycock to Leeds and Hull firm Garwood Devine. He will be replaced by Halliwell Landau Manchester insolvency partner Oliver Nelson.Laycock was a partner at Read Hind for about a decade. At the time he left he was one of the three […]

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Hammond Suddards Edge’s Birmingham office is poaching a high-profile senior employment partner from rival firm Eversheds. David Beswick will run the employment department in Hammonds’ Birmingham office, where there are currently two partners.A third partner, Julia Edwards, is on gardening leave; she plans to join Eversheds’ Birmingham office in the autumn.Beswick, who has been at […]

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