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Late Night Levy

Late Night Levy

Published: 3 March 2016  |  Category: Licensing News

What do the London Borough of Camden, Islington and City of London all have in common? The answer is that they have all introduced a Late Night Levy.

Camden Council voted to introduce a Late Night Levy from 25th April 2016 which means that operators opening between midnight and 6:00am will be ordered to pay up to £4,400 a year to the Local Authority.

Fletcher Day opens Manchester Office

Fletcher Day opens Manchester Office

Published: 29 February 2016  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Fletcher Day now has a new office in the heart of Manchester. The office represents a bold and exciting move for FD and provides a wonderful opportunity to expand our operation in the North. The Manchester and London offices will be working together closely to further the expansion of the firm and continue providing excellent services for our clients.

More Red Tape for Companies

More Red Tape for Companies

Published: 27 February 2016  |  Category: Corporate News

From 6 April 2016, UK companies, limited liability partnerships (LLPs) and Societates Europaeae (with some exceptions for listed or traded entities, etc) will be required to identify and record the people who own or control them (PSCs). In this note, we refer to companies, but the rules for LLPs are similar. 

Data Protection gets Interesting

Data Protection gets Interesting

Published: 27 February 2016  |  Category: Corporate News

The draft General Data Protection Regulation (often referred to as GDPR) should be formally adopted in the coming months, and come into force in two years’ time. It will extend the scope of the EU data protection law to foreign companies processing data of EU residents, and provide for a harmonisation of the data protection regulations throughout the EU. The measure has been described as ‘the most comprehensive reform of data protection law ever in the EU’s history’. 

Employers can read your Private Emails at Work..

Employers can read your Private Emails at Work..

Published: 27 February 2016  |  Category: Employment News

There has been a lot of panic among employees recently over a judgment by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), given that it is not uncommon for employees at every level to send personal emails to friends and relatives during working hours.

The Odour (ODR) of Online Sales

The Odour (ODR) of Online Sales

Published: 27 February 2016  |  Category: Corporate News

The European Commission has established an online dispute resolution platform (ODR) to enable a consumer of goods or services bought online in the EU, to submit a complaint form online, to a business based anywhere in the EU. The complaint can then be dealt with by alternative dispute resolution (ADR).  It is a new requirement for traders of online sales or service contract in all sectors to participate with ODR, with a few exceptions.  The advantage of this is that ADR is intended to be cheaper and quicker than court action.

Victorious in the High Court

Victorious in the High Court

Published: 27 February 2016  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

On Friday 19 February Fletcher Day secured a £1.4 million ‘win’ for our clients. We acted for a group of investors in a claim arising out of a £405 million investment in a hotel development in the Caribbean (Buccament Bay) through the Harlequin group of companies. We successfully obtained summary judgment in a claim brought by directors, Mr and Mrs Ames. 

The history of this case is complex and our clients had issued a claim against the Ames’ which was settled for £1.3 million. However, when the Ames failed to honour their obligations and our clients went to enforce, the Ames attempted to use the court system to avoid payment. They alleged misrepresentations by our clients’ former solicitor, amongst other things, to drag our clients through the courts to trial. 

Just in Case: The Rise of Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements

Just in Case: The Rise of Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements

Published: 27 February 2016  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

It may not come as a surprise to hear that pre-nuptial agreements are becoming more commonplace. Courts have typically supported the right of couples to enter into a contract to agree how assets and income should be divided in the event of divorce.

However what may come as more of a surprise is the volume of new enquiries to discuss the possibility of negotiating and signing a post-nuptial agreement, where there is no pre-nuptial agreement already in place.  Generally speaking, post-nuptial agreements had previously been used to ‘affirm’ the terms of the original pre-nuptial agreement – in the hope the Court would give the agreement more weight.    

 

Who should have the final say on term time holidays – the Head Teacher or the Parents?

Who should have the final say on term time holidays – the Head Teacher or the Parents?

Published: 10 February 2016  |  Category: Family News

In recent times, the press have been highlighting a growing dissatisfaction among parents who receive a fine for taking their children out of term time for a holiday.

Fletcher Day Welcomes New Partner and Head of Family

Fletcher Day Welcomes New Partner and Head of Family

Published: 28 January 2016  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Fletcher Day has announced the appointment of leading international family lawyer Terrence Trainor as Head of Family. 

Ronak Bastani quoted on lifting of EU Sanctions in Iran

Ronak Bastani quoted on lifting of EU Sanctions in Iran

Published: 28 January 2016  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Ronak Bastani, Solicitor and member of the firm’s Middle East Desk has been quoted in an article on the subject of lifting of EU Sanctions in Iran. The article appears in Supply Management (the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply’s online magazine). Read the full article here.

What is in Store for Employment Law

What is in Store for Employment Law

Published: 21 December 2015  |  Category: Employment News

As we near the closure of another year in the world of employment law, we thought we would give you a flavour of the varied types of cases and regulations that have helped shape this year, and are likely to create more twists and turns as we roll into 2016.

SDLT and the Sting in the Tail of Buy to Lets

SDLT and the Sting in the Tail of Buy to Lets

Published: 21 December 2015  |  Category: Dispute Resolution News

George Osborne’s Autumn Statement announced on 25 November 2015 revealed some major changes which, ultimately, will reduce the attraction of a “Buy to Let” (BTL) investment from 1 April 2016.

Fraud Unravels All

Fraud Unravels All

Published: 30 October 2015  |  Category: Family News

Full And Frank Disclosure Required Of All Parties In Divorce And Financial Remedy Proceedings.

Pulling the Rug Out From Underneath

Pulling the Rug Out From Underneath

Published: 29 October 2015  |  Category: Dispute Resolution News

In a property sale, can a party who has both failed to complete a sale on the contractual completion date and failed to comply with a notice to complete, subsequently turn the tables and rescind a contract itself, thereby pulling the rug out from under the ‘innocent’ party’s feet?  In the recent case of Hakimzay Ltd v Swailes the answer, as many would expect, was no. 

Employment Act 2015 Update

Employment Act 2015 Update

Published: 26 October 2015  |  Category: Corporate News

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 is currently being implemented in a staged fashion throughout 2015 and 2026. During this transitional period it is important to be aware of the new measures coming into force so that you don’t get caught out.

New Rules for Private Landlords

New Rules for Private Landlords

Published: 1 October 2015  |  Category: Property News

New rules affecting every landlord of residential property are now in force. They affect the Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) which is the tenancy agreement used most frequently in the private rented sector. From 1 October 2015 new rules apply concerning the grant and termination of ASTs. 

Fletcher Day Welcomes new Partner and Head of Corporate

Fletcher Day Welcomes new Partner and Head of Corporate

Published: 14 September 2015  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

Piers Larbey (whose clients include SMEs, large multi-nationals and start-ups as well as high-net worth individuals and entrepreneurs) joins us from London law firm Fisher Meredith LLP

Get Ready for EPC Changes

Get Ready for EPC Changes

Published: 30 July 2015  |  Category: Property News

On 1 April 2018 the Government’s minimum energy standards will come into force in a bid to cut energy bills and carbon emissions.

What the General Election means for Employment Law

What the General Election means for Employment Law

Published: 30 July 2015  |  Category: Employment News

Following the General Election, the new Government has set out  proposed plans which could affect both Employers and Employees.

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