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Why you may not be applying the GDPR legal grounds properly

By Rocio de la Cruz When the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force earlier this year, many companies made changes to their policies and processes to become compliant. In this video, we explain the importance of remebering the Data Protection Act 2018, as well as GDPR, when processing special categories of personal data.

Supreme Court hands down judgment in S Franses v Cavendish Hotel case

By Kirsty Black, Lucy Shepherd A landlord can defeat a lease renewal on development grounds only where it intends to carry out the works whether or not the tenant is in occupation. The Supreme Court has handed down its eagerly-awaited judgment in S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd, the facts of which we covered in our […]

No clear and consistent meaning of ‘highway’ in common law – Supreme Court

By Martin Thomas, Şenay Nihat, David Wigy The Supreme Court handed down judgment today in London Borough of Southwark and another v Transport for London [2018] UKSC 63 – finding that that there is no clear and consistent meaning of ‘highway’ in common law. Rather, the meaning of ‘highway’ depends on the context in which it is used, […]

Why all Guernsey homeowners need to make a will

By Alison Ricketts, Martyn Baudains Over the last ten years significant changes have been made to Guernsey’s laws of succession, the effects of which may be overlooked by some homeowners. Prior to 2008 if you were married with ‘legitimate’ children (children born during your marriage) and died without having made a will then your houses and land, […]

At-a-glance guide to Lasting Powers of Attorney

By Victoria Grogan, Simon Lofthouse, Fiona Lilleyman, Stephanie Button After a much-needed reform in the law, people in Jersey can now create Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) to record their decisions and intentions about their assets and care, so that if they lose mental capacity, their wishes will still be respected. Similar legislation has existed […]

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Public sector expert publishes advice

Cyril Dixon reports A LEADING team of public sector law consultants has published a report outlining key recommendations for councils involved in the launch of local authority companies. Leonie Cowen & Associates’ 25-page document, Local Authority Companies: Key Steps for Success, aims to highlight the main legal issues for councils and methods of tackling them. […]

PRIVATE BANKING

Some law firms have embraced financial services head on and applied to the Bank of England to become licensed deposit-takers. One such firm is Batten & Co, a 300-year-old family practice based in Yeovil, Somerset, which specialises in private client and commercial work. The firm itself does not have a deposit-taking licence. The licence belongs […]

In brief: Commission's estate reforms enacted

Royal Assent has been granted to the Law Reform (Succession) Act 1995 which alters technical rules governing the distribution of estates of people who die intestate, claims for financial provision by the deceased’s family, and the effect of divorce or annulment of marriage on testamentary gifts or appointments of executors in favour of a former […]

Welsh join forces for property deal

Cyril Dixon reports SOLICITORS at Llanelli Borough Council in South Wales called in Cardiff firm Edwards Geldard to advise on a £20 million town centre property development. Borough solicitor Lynne Davies was supported by a team from the firm headed by partners Huw Williams and Rowland Davies. Llanelli was negotiating with Monarch Properties and Redrow […]

LAG slams Woolf on court fees

LORD Woolf has been accused by the Legal Action Group of making a deliberate political decision to “play down” the Government’s policy of increasing court fees. The LAG describes the planned fees hike as objectionable and constitutionally suspect. It says Woolf made an implicit political decision to duck an issue likely “to provide an additional […]

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