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Formation of contract and enforcement of terms: What negotiators need to know

By Gwendoline Davies, James Crayton Gwendoline Davies, Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution, and James Crayton, a partner in the Commercial Contracts Team, offer practical advice arising from the recent case of Volumatic v Ideas for Life [1], which highlights the risks of doing business in the absence of a concluded contract. Why is this case of interest? […]

Who needs a guarantor agreement?

By David Asker A guarantor is an individual who is agreeing to pay the rent if the tenant defaults on payments. Guarantors can often be necessary when renting to students or those in part time or low paid work, but any landlord can ask for a guarantor agreement if they feel there might be an element […]

Housing possession court duty scheme

By David Asker The Government is holding a consultation covering additional legal support for those facing eviction or repossession. Currently, the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme (HPCDS) offers free advice on the day to anyone at risk of eviction or repossession, this service is not means tested and is therefore available to anyone who finds themselves […]

CJEU: “opt-out” language does not create valid cookie consent – Austria

By Wolfgang Tichy, Gunther Leissler, Serap Aydin On 1 October 2019 the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU“) provided guidance on whether website operators may obtain consent to the use of cookies via a preselected tick-box. 1   Background of the case A German company organised a promotional lottery on its website. It obtained the consent of […]

CJEU decides on obligation of social media operators

By Gunther Leissler, Andreas Natterer, Sara Khalil Case: C‑18/18; Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek vs Facebook Ireland Limited On 3 October 2019 the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) provided guidance on Social Media operators obligations to monitor their networks for “hate speech”. 1 Background of the case In 2016 Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek, a (former) Austrian politician, was exposed […]

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New lease of life

The CPR is finally encompassing landlord and tenant claims and other acts are making inroads into the sector. Malcolm Sheehan reports on the changes practitioners need to be aware of On 15 October, the majority of landlord and tenant (L&T) claims were finally brought within the main body of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR), producing […]

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A part-time counsel at New York firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has joined Michael Crystal QC’s 3-4 South Square as an associate member. Isaac Shapiro retired from full-time practice at the firm in April, but will continue to work part time at Skadden while being an important addition to the chambers.The move comes […]

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Despite muttered accusations of pomposity, at least one English silk at the International Bar Association (IBA) conference in Cancun upheld ethical conduct befitting his profession.Buenos Aires veteran litigator Mareno Ocampo, a renowned courtroom figure in his native Argentina, suggested a hypothetical scenario to a crowded session on corruption: “How would you advise your client,” he […]

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