Surrogacy guidance published for parents, surrogates and health professionals

The Department of Health and Social care has just published two very useful guidance notes for surrogates and intended parents. The note identifies the financial considerations which both the intended parents and the surrogate need to bear in mind, both when entering into a surrogacy agreement and when making an application to court for a parental […]

Are you battling with the Beast from the East?

Blizzards and icy winds have swept in from Siberia, with temperatures plummeting and a blanket of snow settling over most of the country. For many HR managers, the Beast from the East may feel like a waking nightmare, causing childcare and travel disruption, and increasing absences. Here is our employment law guide to lead you […]

Trust Registration Service – an overview

HMRC’s new online Trusts Registration Service (TRS) was launched in July 2017. This new online facility was introduced partly to implement new regulations relating to the UK’s anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing regime, and partly to extend HMRC’s digital remit in the age of tax transparency, although it has not been without its technical glitches […]

Conway v Eze: A residential conveyancing nightmare

Mr and Mrs Conway lived in a prestigious house in London, but in 2010 they decided to sell it with the intention of relocating to Cambridge. When their house first went on the market the asking price was £7m, but that reduced over time as they struggled to find a buyer. In 2015 they reduced the […]

Yet another break notice hazard warning

It seems that barely a year goes by without a break clause related tale of woe emanating from the Courts. Sackville Property Select II (GP) No.1 Ltd & Anor v Robertson Taylor Insurance Brokers Ltd & Anor can be added to that ever expanding tome. In that case the Court considered the validity of a […]

Construction case comment – adjudicating when the contract works as a whole are excluded operations

The Technology and Construction Court (TCC) has recently issued guidance on what activities are excluded from the statutory adjudication process under s.105(2) of the Housing Grants (Construction and Regeneration) Act 1996 as amended under the Local Democracy Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 (the “Construction Act”) and on what basis a court may order a […]

Top five things to do to achieve the best value on a company sale

If you’re contemplating selling your tech company it’s never too early to get your house in order. Here are five key things to do to achieve best value: 1. Ensure your accounts are in order. Clean, well prepared accounts (including management accounts) will enable a potential purchaser to identify the company’s assets and liabilities, which will […]

GDPR: Practical checklist

We are now just a few months away from the implementation of the GDPR, which is set to significantly change our data protection laws. While some organisations will be in the final stages of preparation, others may have not yet found the time to give it the attention it deserves. For those who have still […]

Prescriptive Rights of Way – an easing of the evidential burden?

It is often the case that a landowner’s exercise of a right of way over a neighbour’s land is challenged and there is nothing in writing to evidence the right. This is not necessarily fatal to establishing a right of way as in certain circumstances it may be possible to establish a right of way […]