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19th March 2018
Think of this familiar scene: you are attending a conference or trade fair to promote your business – perhaps you have a stand there. You talk to potential customers and contacts and exchange contact details with them, maybe handing over business cards. But you hesitate, remembering the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) sets down rules about giving privacy information to data subjects, the people…
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12th January 2018
If you are planning to sell or let a property it is important to be able to produce all the necessary documents that your buyer or tenant will expect to see as part of their investigation process – delay at any stage of your transaction will have a knock-on effect on the deal and could even put interested parties off altogether. So, what is it…
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27th October 2017
Since a High Court ruling in 2016 regarding the sale of a South London property by a fraudster claiming to be the registered owner, more emphasis has been placed on protecting properties from property fraud. Unfortunately it is possible for skilled impersonators to sell your property or take out a mortgage without your knowledge, leaving you with the debt or without the property. Some properties…
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13th October 2017
It is surprisingly easy to become someone’s business partner. Legally, a partnership exists when two or more persons carry on business in common with a view to profit. So if you and your friend carry on a business activity, hoping to make some money from it, you may well find that you have started a partnership. It really is as simple as that. Precisely because…
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04th September 2017
If you own property but have no deeds to prove your ownership, you may hold possessory title to that property – and land registered in this way is more commonplace than you might think. Although possessory title often relates to small parcels of land rather than houses or entire plots it is possible that a substantial part of a property, or in some cases the…
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15th June 2017
Not everyone gets excited about data protection – until, that is, it comes to light that miscellaneous personal information has been captured and secretively stored, or is being used in an alarming manner. You may be surprised to learn that the UK’s current electronic information legislation dates back to the last century: the oft-quoted Data Protection Act was passed in 1998, no less than 19…
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08th March 2017
When you agree to sell your property it is reasonable to expect to receive the best price possible and, in certain situations, the best possible price may be obtained by taking a share in a future increase in the value of your property, a sum that is customarily referred to as ‘overage’. As a seller, you may wish to negotiate overage if you have an…
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24th February 2017
Many of us, at one time or another, will ask a friend, employer, supplier or other work contact for a reference, and some of us will ourselves be approached as a potential referee. So, what are the key issues you should consider before agreeing to provide a formal employment reference? In most cases there is no obligation to provide a reference, so you could refuse.…
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15th December 2016
The onset of December brings a plethora of Christmasy films – so, when I recently turned on the TV and saw Rumpelstiltskin dancing around on the screen, it set me thinking. For those who are unfamiliar with the tale, gnome-like Rumpelstiltskin bails out a poor miller’s daughter by fulfilling her obligation to spin straw into gold (on pain of death). The first time he agrees…
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25th August 2016
One of the basic principles of insurance law is that of ‘uberrimae fidei’ which, roughly translated from the Latin, means that the parties to a contract of insurance are required to act in the ‘utmost good faith’. Basically this meant that, as a consumer seeking insurance, you had a duty to accurately disclose to your insurer any material information and not to make any material…
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