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End of the road for the High Street?

End of the road for the High Street?

This morning’s news of yet another high-street name in decline provides further proof of the difficulties facing the retail sector. As more and more of us choose to shop online, retailers are struggling to meet the cost of retaining a high-street presence. Today’s news of the closure of 31 House of Fraser stores comes on […]

Enviro-crime: wide ranging penalties that may impact your business

Enviro-crime: wide ranging penalties that may impact your business

In April this year, we saw the highest ever fine for fly-tipping in the UK handed out to accounting firm Ommegas Services Ltd, for repeatedly and illegally dumping waste despite enforcement action from Brent Council. Willesden Magistrates’ Court heard that Ommegas was subject to a lengthy investigation by the Council’s enviro-crime team and ignored warnings, […]

EVENT: Current issues affecting developers

EVENT: Current issues affecting developers

Join Blaser Mills Law and Five Paper Chambers for a half day training session in High Wycombe. Nick Grundy QC of Five Paper and Alex Wyatt and Jasmin Johar both of Blaser Mills Law, will be hosting an informative training session focusing on several issues affecting developers of the commercial real estate industry. The following areas will be covered: Letters […]

The Data After Tomorrow

The Data After Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force. The main principles of the GDPR are similar to the current Data Protection Act 1998, so this will form a good basis for compliance. However, there are new elements to the GDPR, so new procedures relating to how data is stored, managed and processed […]

Cybercrime: New statistics revealed

Cybercrime: New statistics revealed

New statistics published last week show almost half of all UK businesses suffered a security breach or cyber-attack in the last year. In the wake of startling statistics and with less than one month to go before new data protection laws come into force, UK businesses are being urged to protect themselves against cybercrime. Over […]

Blaser Mills Law EU-representative services for non-EU businesses

Blaser Mills Law EU-representative services for non-EU businesses

Many non-EU businesses operate inside the European Union (EU), even if they do not have a corporate office within the EU. If a business operates in this way then they may, under Article 27 of the GDPR, be required to designate a representative in the EU. The business will require an EU representative if they […]

Proposed new law to protect emergency service workers given Government backing

Proposed new law to protect emergency service workers given Government backing

New legislation will double the maximum sentence for common assault from six months to a year if committed against a police officer, medic or prison officer, if approved by Parliament. This comes in response to figures showing the startlingly high number of offences committed against emergency service personnel acting in the course of their job. […]

Fire Safety: Grenfell Tower, Service Charges and the return of Negative Equity?

Fire Safety: Grenfell Tower, Service Charges and the return of Negative Equity?

A recent article published by the Guardian, raised yet further repercussions of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. A homeowner in a housing complex in London with similar cladding to Grenfell has been told by a surveyor that her £475,000 home is now worth just £50,000. No doubt this is relevant to many other high-rise blocks in […]

Stick or twist? The spousal maintenance lottery

Stick or twist? The spousal maintenance lottery

The recent decision of the Court of Appeal in Waggott v Waggott [2018] EWCA Civ 727, a case dubbed ‘‘meal ticket for life’’, gives food for thought to the future of Spousal Maintenance Orders and applications to vary those already in existence. The wife in this case sought an increase to her annual maintenance payments […]

Developments for Cohabitees in Inheritance Act Claims

Developments for Cohabitees in Inheritance Act Claims

On 29 March 2018, the High Court gave judgment in the case of Thomspon v Raggett [2018] EWHC 688 (ch). This case signals an important development for cohabitees who have been left out of their partner’s Will, or who have not been left enough under the Will. Joan Thompson took action against the Estate of […]