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Jun
10
Disclosure Pilot Scheme
The question of legal costs in dealing with disclosure of documents in court proceedings has been a bone of contention for many years with various amendments to the court rules over the last 20 years or so with a view to attempting to reduce costs.  All have failed so as we now see the introduction of yet another new pilot scheme, I review the scheme and consider the extent to which I think it will achieve it’s main objectives, namely to reduce costs.
Jun
07
New Regulations on Section 106 Monitoring Fees
Derek Ching, partner in our Property team dicusses the new regulations on Section 106 Monitoring Fees...
Jun
06
Potential Government changes to IoT regulations ‘need to strike balance between security and slowing innovation’
Government proposals to strengthen regulations regarding the Internet of Things (IoT) need to strike a careful balance between consumer security and hampering innovation, a specialist tech lawyer said today...
Jun
04
Can the side effects of wearing contact lenses be considered when assessing a disability?
EAT recently decided in Mart v Assessment Services Inc that side effects from treatment of a visual impairment should not be considered when assessing disability, Tom Pimenta discusses...
May
31
To be or Knotweed to be?
In 2014 Paul Ryb viewed a Victorian villa ground floor flat in Highgate, North London. Mr Ryb which he was considering purchasing.  Mr Ryb, a partially slightly former investment banker, did not want “to take any chances” with the condition of the property and so he commissioned a chartered surveyor to carry out a full structural surveyor, now known as a Level Three RICS Building Survey (“a Level 3 Survey”). 
May
30
Is tech version holding back your workforce?
Last week I attended the European Employment Lawyers Association annual conference in Tallinn, Estonia where one of the subjects discussed was the use of tech in the legal sector.
May
30
GDPR – a Year in Review 
This time last year, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect. Since then, it has undoubtedly been the busiest year to date in data protection compliance. Official figures from the International Association of Privacy Professionals show 375,000 newly registered Data Protection Officers, 280,000 new cases referred to regulators and $56,000,000 worth of fines issued in enforcement actions. 
May
28
Consultation on Consumer Internet of Things security
In recent years, an increasing number of household items such as speakers, televisions and freezers are becoming “smart” and making using of Internet of Things (“IoT”) solutions.
May
28
Can you fairly dismiss an employee for discussing their religious beliefs?
Religious beliefs are a protected characteristic for the purpose of the Equality Act 2010 so a prudent employer should be cautious about disciplining an employee where the employee’s religion or beliefs are relevant to the issues.
May
23
New Homes – defective boundary features – who is responsible?
Thomas and Another v Taylor Wimpey Developments Limited and Others (May 2019) has shed some light on the question of who is liable for repair of defective workmanship to a boundary feature belonging to a new home...

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