Insights: Legal Updates - July 2018

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New ACAS guidance on suspension and overtime

Mike Tremeer |

There have been a number of important cases dealing with suspension and overtime in recent years.  In Agoreyo v London Borough of Lambeth the High Court confirmed that suspension should never be a “knee-jerk reaction” and that it might even amount to a breach of the implied term of trust and confidence in some circumstances.  […]

Exclusion clauses, reasonableness and freedom of contract

Leigh Callaway |

Following a fire at its premises, Goodlife Foods Limited (Goodlife) commenced proceedings against Hall Fire Protection Limited (Hall Fire) for breach of contract and/or negligence in the supply and installation of a fire suppression system. In its defence Hall Fire sought to rely on an exclusion of liability clause contained within its standard terms and […]

Domicile dramas

Helena Luckhurst |

Many advisers have to grapple with the sometimes difficult question of establishing their client’s domicile. A client’s domicile is fundamentally important in a diverse range of English legal and tax areas, such as whether: a client can bring divorce proceedings in the UK; a client is liable to UK Inheritance Tax on worldwide assets as […]

Stop being a nuisance

Gillian Birkby |

Construction sites can undoubtedly be a nuisance to their neighbours and over the years the right to object to (and receive compensation for) certain types of nuisance has become enshrined in the law. Even if planning permission is granted for construction works which will inevitably be noisy, for instance, that is no excuse if the […]

Adjudication - beware the counterclaim

Digby Hebbard |

A key consideration for a party before commencing an adjudication is what the defending party might say or claim in reply, because the courts adopt a generous approach to whether a defence or counterclaim is within the scope of the dispute. Broadly, no matter how narrowly defined a dispute referred to adjudication might be, at […]

Sexual harassment in the workplace: What English companies need to know

Mike Tremeer, Caroline Philipps |

What constitutes sexual harassment? In England and Wales, it is unwanted conduct of a sexual nature which has the purpose or effect of violating the victim’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for the victim. The victim also has protection from being treated less favourably because they have rejected or […]

Title covenants – are they binding on future owners?

Roland Brandman |

Countless properties up and down the land, probably the majority, either have the benefit, or are subject to the burden, of a title covenant. A title covenant is basically a promise made in a deed to do or not to do something with a piece of land. Covenants can relate to all sorts of things. […]

Digitalising signatures – a new dawn for conveyancing and HM Land Registry


Many real estate clients have asked whether they can sign documents electronically in order to save time and cost. Often it takes several days for documents to be signed due to the unavailability of the relevant signatories, and often documents need to be circulated and returned by post or courier, which takes time. Such delays […]

Fintech quarterly round-up: April – June 2018

Charles Proctor |

This quarterly round-up looks into some of the main regulatory developments and trends in fintech regulation during the second quarter of 2018. The previous edition of this briefing for January to March 2018 can be found here. Evolution of ICOs  The market for initial coin offerings (ICOs) continues to develop despite increased regulatory scrutiny. As […]

Bridging the registration gap

Madeleine Goward |

For most buyers of registered land, the deal is done on completion of the transfer, when the purchase price is paid and they are given the keys to the property. However, there are important post-completion formalities to which solicitors must attend. Legal title to registered land does not pass to the buyer until the transfer […]