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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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