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Briefing Notes

The GDPR picture becoming clearer

There have been quite a few developments on GDPR in recent months with the publication of the Data Protection Bill by the UK Government, and further guidance from the ICO and the A29 Working Party. The GDPR landscape is slowing becoming clearer. Data Protection Bill This came out on 14 September 2017. The main parts […]

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Property e-bulletin – Issue 2

We are pleased to bring you the second edition of Druces’ property e-bulletin. Aimed at a property professional/adviser readership, our intention is to bring you a regular collection of interesting recent property and planning focused news items.  The topics covered will be broad ranging, with each article a bite-sized consideration of some of the sector’s most […]

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Legally binding contract or just wishful thinking?

On 26 July 2017, Mr Justice Leggatt handed down his Judgment in Blue v Ashley [2017] EWHC 1928 (Comm). The question in this case was whether, as a result of a conversation between the Claimant, Mr Blue, and the Defendant, Mr Ashley, a contract was made under which Mr Ashley owed Mr Blue £14m. Mr […]

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THERE IS STILL TIME –  one “last chance” to come clean about offshore tax non-compliance

In a climate where significant steps have been taken over the last few years to target tax evasion, the Worldwide Disclosure Facility (“WDF”) is considered the “last chance” for individuals to disclose any offshore tax non-compliance issues to HMRC before tougher new sanctions, including substantial financial penalties, broader powers of “naming and shaming” and increased […]

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Enforcement issues: Taking control of goods

Recently the Commercial Court, in Midtown Acquisitions LP v Essar Global Fund Ltd & Ors [2017] EWHC 2206, considered attempts to take control of a private jet under the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007. The Claimants had a judgment debt of US$194m against the Defendant based on a New York judgment which was sought […]

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Employment law update: Supreme Court declares tribunal fees unlawful

On the 26th of July, the Supreme Court found in favour of trade union Unison in the case of R (on the application of Unison) v Lord Chancellor. The court declared that employment tribunal fees, first introduced by the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order 2013, are unlawful and should no longer […]

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Terminating a Commercial Contract – How to navigate a safe exit

Most businesses will want to take steps to terminate a commercial contract at some point during their lifetime. However, without proper consideration of the terms of the contract, how and when to terminate it and the consequences of termination, disputes can arise.  Our experience suggests that all too often businesses give notice to terminate contracts […]

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