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Long Tail Asbestos Claims - Where Does Corporate Liability Lie?

Long tail employers' liability claims are those that are made or settled a long time after the insurance policy has expired. They often relate to industrial diseases of which the symptoms do not manifest themselves until many years after the trigger event,...

Skulduggery in Divorce Proceedings Will Do You No Good

Resorting to skulduggery in divorce proceedings is sadly common but almost never does either side any good. That was certainly so in one case in which a man surreptitiously took documents from his ex-wife's home and sought – unsuccessfully – to...

Landlord Faces Six-Figure Bill for Notice to Quit Error

Correct service of legal documents may seem like a technicality to non-lawyers, but it is of crucial importance and should only be entrusted to professionals. In one case that resoundingly proves the point , a landlord who served a notice to quit on the...

Property expert strengthens Birkett Long team

Solicitor Shahban Ali has joined leading Essex law firm Birkett Long, adding his experience to its highly-regarded residential property team. Shahban is based at the firm’s new offices in Colchester, covering all aspects of conveyancing, including...

Think twice if you don't want to go to mediation!

Mediation is an alternative method of resolving disputes and involves an independent third party helping to negotiate a settlement.  It’s a process that the courts are eager to encourage, as Peter Allen explains. In the past the courts have, on...

A new version of NEC contracts introduces major changes

Hot on the heels of the updated JCT contracts comes publication of the new version of the NEC suite of contracts, NEC 4.  This replaces the NEC 3 contract, which was published 12 years ago.  The new suite includes new forms of contract, such as the...

Employment rights All change for sub-contractors

With the publication of the Taylor Review “Good Work” Report at the beginning of July, we see a number of proposals for reform of employment law.  Of particular interest are the proposed changes to the classification of employment status and...

Boy Compensated for Glass Cut in Park

A boy who was seriously injured when he cut himself on broken glass in a public park is set to receive a six-figure sum in compensation. The boy, then 12 years old, was playing football when he landed on a shard of glass. He was badly cut and suffered...

The biggest change to data privacy in 20 years

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 28 May 2018.  Some of the changes, in particular the requirement for accountability, will leave many businesses with a lot to do if they are to be sure of compliance.  The UK...

Court Rejects Rerun Argument in Property Dispute

Problems with covenants affecting land are common and sometimes a dispute can resurface years after it seems to have been settled. In a recent instance, a landowner was successful in reopening the battle over a covenant after persuading the court it was...
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