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Tougher Sentencing Guidelines Introduced for Controlling or Coercive Behaviour and Harassment

Tougher Sentencing Guidelines Introduced for Controlling or Coercive Behaviour and Harassment

The Sentencing Council has today published new definitive guidelines for intimidatory offences that include offences involving the sharing of ‘revenge porn’. Tougher punishments could now be imposed against any defendant sentenced on or after 1 October 2018. The new guidelines, introduced after a public consultation, also cover the range of sentences available for defendants charged […]

‘We did it for Britain’s 33m cohabiting couples!’. A victory in Court regarding Civil Partnership

‘We did it for Britain’s 33m cohabiting couples!’. A victory in Court regarding Civil Partnership

Stop Press! Heterosexual couples, not just homosexual couples, are expected to be able to enter a civil partnership instead of marriage as a result of yesterday’s landmark ruling by the Supreme Court in London. The UK’s highest Court, which unanimously ruled in favour of Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, concluded the couple’s well-publicised and long-running […]

Heathrow Expansion

Heathrow Expansion

MPs Prepare to Vote for a Commercial Take-Off! “Check in” – a look back on events leading to today’s vote In 2009 the incumbent transport secretary Geoff Hoon declared that the cabinet at the time supported the notion of a Third Runway to be built at Heathrow Airport. On 5 June 2018, almost ten years […]

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. […]