March 2016 Archive

Inheritance disputes: Co-habitation and Second Relationship

The Central London County Court has recently heard a case made by Joy Williams, who issued a claim to secure her Deceased’s husband’s share of the property in which they both lived. Norman Martin, the Deceased owned the property jointly with his partner, the Claimant. He move out of the matrimonial home belonging to him and his wife in 1994 but never got divorced.

The EU-US Privacy Shield: What does it mean for businesses in the UK?

On 29 February 2016 the European Commission published details of the new EU-US Privacy Shield (the “Privacy Shield”) which provides a revised mechanism to legitimately transfer EU citizens’ personal data to the US. Although the Privacy Shield has not yet been formally adopted, businesses that transfer data to the US should be prepared for its arrival and continue to evaluate their international data transfers.

What is Data Protection?

The Data Protection Act 1998 governs how your personal data is used by organisations, businesses and the government. Personal data is data which relates to a living individual who can be identified from the contents of the data. If the data provides particular information about an individual or is focussed on them, then it can be viewed as personal data and will be protected by the Data Protection Act.

Right to Rent checks

Since 1 February 2016, all private residential landlords, or their agents in England, are required to check the immigration status of prospective tenants (and any adults living with them) under new tenancies to ascertain whether they have a right to be in the UK.

Break Clauses – the importance of getting it right

Break clauses are among the most heavily litigated items which appear in a lease and the cases over the years have demonstrated how careful you must be when exercising a break in accordance with the terms set out in the lease to ensure that it is valid. This article considers the recent Marks and Spencer’s case which, instead of looking at the exercise of the break, looks at what happens next.
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