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News Category: Dispute resolution

  • 21 August 2017

    New pre-action protocol for debt claims

    A new pre-action protocol for debt claims will come into force on 1 October 2017. This will apply to debts claimed by any business, including sole traders and public bodies, against an individual (which can also include a sole trader). The protocol does not apply to business to business debts. Read more

  • 3 February 2017

    Wheelchair user wins equality case against bus company

    After a long and arduous battle, Mr Doug Paulley has succeeded in his claim against FirstGroup Plc under the Equality Act 2010. On 18th January 2017 the final judgment was handed down in favour of Mr Paulley. Read more

  • 29 July 2016

    Fixed Costs and Part 36 Offers

    One of the more recently posed questions in relation to Part 36 offers is, in cases where costs are fixed by section IIIA of Part 45 of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR), can costs, in excess of those that are fixed, be recovered by making or accepting a Part 36 offer? Read more

  • 6 November 2015

    Sound the alarm!

    Following on from a previous article detailing Landlord's responsibilities in connection with health and safety, with effect from 1st October 2015, the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Regulations 2015 are in force. Read more

  • 28 October 2015

    Residential Landlords take note: important changes to Section 21 notices from 1 October 2015

    A number of significant changes to the s.21 Housing Act 1988 regime for ending an assured shorthold tenancy (AST) will be coming into effect from the beginning of October. Read more

  • 18 September 2015

    The Consumer Rights Act 2015 (CRA) comes into force on 1 October 2015 – are you ready?

    One of the key aims of the CRA is to consolidate consumer legislation into one piece of legislation. The CRA pulls together various provisions from over eight different pieces of legislation, which governed consumer rights pre-October 2015. The CRA also updates consumer rights to reflect the both the ongoing growth in e-commerce and the more recent growth in the digital content market. Read more

  • 23 July 2015

    Overstaying Your Welcome: Penalty Clauses and Liquidated Damages

    Chelmsford chip-shop owner Barry Beavis is, at the time of writing, pursuing his appeal to the Supreme Court in the final chapter of the saga ParkingEye Ltd v Beavis. Read more

  • 20 July 2015

    Consumer Disputes: New Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) requirements

    If you are a business selling goods, services or digital content to consumers, you are likely already aware that there are major changes on the horizon. This is due, in part, to the Consumer Rights Act ("the Act"), which will be coming into force in October 2015.  The Act is an attempt to consolidate and build on the myriad of existing consumer focused legislation. Read more

  • 14 July 2015

    Good Landlord Practice Series: Pre-action housing disrepair protocol

    As with all information pertaining to occupation of residential premises, the regulation of the standard of properties remains important, not only for the benefit of the tenant but also for the landlord. This article aims to take a brief look at the current position in relation to this protocol. Read more

  • 18 May 2015

    Using confidential information in a new job

    The law provides protection for a business’ confidential information. This protection is often strengthened through formal confidentiality provisions in contracts or specific non-disclosure agreements. However, there can often be considerable uncertainty as to whether knowledge that an employee develops is confidential information protected in law, or whether it is the employee's own knowledge that he is free to exploit elsewhere after his employment. Read more