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Supreme Court rules Wife has to stay in loveless marriage

Today, the Supreme Court (the highest Court in England and Wales) has decided that Mrs Owens has to stay married to her husband. Mrs Owens has been seeking a divorce for 3 years. Mrs Owens’ journey Mr and Mrs Owens … Continue reading

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The break-up fee: the cost of a failed relationship

Would you pay your ex money to soften the break up?   There is a new dating trend in China in which people are doing just that. A case full of cash (equivalent to £232,323) was recently found in a bar … Continue reading

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Protect Your Goodwill

Most Traders work very hard to establish goodwill in their business.   Goodwill is the reputation which a trader builds up in relation to specific goods or services which attracts customers.  If a competitor tries to steal that goodwill then, in … Continue reading

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Cambridge Analytica – Facebook issued record fine

The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has announced that Facebook is to be fined £500,000 for its part in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The ICO concluded that Facebook failed to safeguard its users’ information and be transparent about how such data was … Continue reading

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It’s the end of the (copyright) world as we know it

The world was a different place in 1988.  The Soviet Union was still in existence, the Berlin Wall hadn’t yet fallen, the only Star Wars being discussed was President Reagan’s anti‑missile shield and the internet was still a twinkle in … Continue reading

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Airbnb – playing with fire?

Over the last few years, the popularity of short term holiday or business letting websites has increased and shows no sign of slowing down. It’s easy to see why. The hosts can rent out their property when it suits them … Continue reading

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Heterosexual civil partnerships

In February 2017 we posted a blog on the continuation of the battle for heterosexual civil partnerships. Since then, Mr Keidan and Mrs Steinfeld have taken their case to the Supreme Court and have left the judge calling it a ‘blatant … Continue reading

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Fighting the System – Service Charge Disputes

Paying service charge will be familiar to most people holding flats or houses under a long lease.  A leasehold owner owes various obligations to the freeholder (or a management company, where present) as set out in the lease including paying … Continue reading

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The first over the line – Dixons Carphone

Dixons Carphone (“DC”) is investigating a hacking attempt which involved almost six million credit and debit cards and over a million customer data records. The incident could be the first significant data breach to be investigated by the Information Commissioner’s … Continue reading

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Finally an end to the gig-economy worker conundrum?

The Supreme Court’s Judgment in Pimlico Plumbers and another v Gary Smith could spell an end to gig-economy ‘jobs loophole’ being used to avoid worker status. The Supreme Court’s dismissal of Pimlico’s recent appeal has confirmed that their workers are … Continue reading

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