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Marriott announce data breach of information for as many as 500 million people

The Marriott Hotel chain (“Marriott”) announced on Friday 30 November 2018 that information contained in its Starwood brands guest reservation database was compromised. Unauthorised access occurred in connection with reservations at Starwood properties on or before 10 September 2018, potentially … Continue reading

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Directors’ duties: Staying shipshape

If we think about companies as ships, then company directors are a ship’s captains.  They are tasked by shareholders of the company with plotting their precious vessel’s course to success while navigating choppy commercial waters, and perhaps dealing with an … Continue reading

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Modernising the court’s approach to Financial provision on Divorce

On 23rd November the House of Lords will hear the committee stage of the Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill. The law regarding financial provision on Divorce remains subject to a statute which is now 45 years old (Matrimonial Causes Act 1973). … Continue reading

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The Budget and business rates relief

A quick glance at the news and you’ll know that shopping in the UK is changing. Online giants such as Amazon and Asos have been a death knell for the high street. Stores have been struggling and not just the … Continue reading

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Can we pre-empt a change in the law for assisted suicide in Lasting Powers of Attorney?

At present, a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) for health and welfare allows a donor to decide whether they give consent for their attorneys to make decisions regarding their life sustaining treatment. However, the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) brought … Continue reading

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Frustrating events

Another day, another article on Brexit. But this one is a little bit different. It concerns a dispute between the Canary Wharf Group, a property development, investment and management company, and its tenant, the European Medicines Agency (“EMA”). The EMA … Continue reading

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Budget 2018 – Pro-business…but No-Deal Brexit casts a shadow

The 2018 Budget has been received positively by business groups. Carolyn Fairburn, CBI Director-General said it was “a rock solid Budget, bringing more treats than tricks for business whilst the Federation of Small Businesses hailed it as “the most small-business-friendly … Continue reading

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5 Reasons to Get an EU Permanent Residence Document (Now!)

EU nationals, and family members, acquire a right of permanent residence (PR) after lawfully residing in the UK for a continuous period of five years. The EU Settlement Scheme will be fully operational by the time the UK leaves the … Continue reading

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Naming and shaming – will #MeToo and Philip Green affect Non-disclosure Agreements?

Labour peer and long-standing human rights campaigner Lord Hain blasted through five Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) when he named retail tycoon Sir Philip Green as the latest leading businessman at the centre of allegations of workplace abuse, including sexual and racial … Continue reading

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Demergers – Keeping it simple

Successful businesses are often built from the ground up, and companies often incorporate multiple subsidiaries or acquire other complimentary businesses to form part of their group, each carrying out their own duties alongside the core concept that started it all. … Continue reading

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