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  • Groceries Code Adjudicator issues “Code clarification” regarding Asda

    dispute resolutionbusinessfood

    Date: 13 September 2017

    The Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) has recently published a Code clarification on the variation of supply agreements and other issues regulated under the Groceries Code.
  • In-House Investigations – Losing Privilege

    dispute resolutioncorporate

    Date: 16 May 2017

    A recent case has limited the scope of litigation privilege for in-house investigations.
  • The Retailers vs. the Groceries Code Adjudicator

    dispute resolutionbusinesscommercial technologyfood

    Date: 28 March 2017

    The Groceries Code Adjudicator, Christine Tacon, spoke to an industry audience at the Westminster Food Forum on 8 March 2017.
  • The meaning of consequential losses – a new approach from the courts?

    businesscommercial technologydispute resolution

    Date: 23 February 2017

    Cathrine Ripley looks at what the High Court’s interpretation of “consequential loss” and what it means for businesses
  • Changes to Court Fees in March 2017

    dispute resolutionproperty

    Date: 23 February 2017

    Alexandra Dennis, Associate in the Property Disputes Team at FSP, summarises the changes to court fees which come into force next month and the consequences of those changes.
  • Data Protection & Brexit – What are the implications?

    businesscommercial technologydispute resolution

    Date: 16 January 2017

    Brexit means Brexit but what does it mean for data protection in the UK once we leave the EU?
  • When exactly is “close of business”?

    commercial technologycorporatedispute resolutionbusiness

    Date: 23 December 2016

    Working late in the modern age. Bill Dixon, a partner in the Dispute Resolution & Litigation team considers a recent commercial court judgment on the legal meaning of “close of business”.
  • The Only Way is DPS

    dispute resolutioncommercial technologybusinessregulatory law licensing

    Date: 22 November 2016

    Designated Premises Supervisors (DPS) may need to carefully review their role, as the extent of their duties could be considered to go beyond those connected with the sale of alcohol under the Licensing Act 2003. Laura Williams from our Licensing Team looks at a recent court decision.
  • When you can set off one debt against another

    dispute resolutionbusiness

    Date: 07 November 2016

    Robert Woodhouse, Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution team, takes a closer look at the law of set-off and when you can set one monetary claim off against another.
  • Hedging your bets and illegal contracts

    dispute resolutionbusinesscommercial technology

    Date: 25 October 2016

    Robert Woodhouse, Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution team, takes a closer look at illegal contracts and a recent case involving insider information and betting on the share price.
  • Can you stay in your home after bankruptcy

    propertydispute resolutioncorporate recovery and insolvency

    Date: 17 October 2016

    Robert Woodhouse, Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution team, takes a closer look at the law of bankruptcy, focusing on the major asset in most bankruptcies, the family home.
  • Logbook Loans – The Empire Strikes Back

    dispute resolutionbusinessautomotivepropertybanking and financeregulatory risk

    Date: 14 October 2016

    Tom Maple, partner in the Dispute Resolution team, takes a closer look at the review of the Bills of Sale Acts, with a particular focus on Logbook Loans, and the Law Commissions proposals for reform.
  • Privacy Shield – what now?

    businesscommercial technologydispute resolutionregulatory risk

    Date: 04 October 2016

    Cathrine Ripley, partner in the Commercial & Technology team, considers the aftermath of the European Commission’s adoption of the EU-US Privacy Shield arrangement.
  • Compensation for victims of civil legal proceedings

    dispute resolutionbusinessdivorce family cilvil partnerships

    Date: 30 September 2016

    Bill Dixon, a partner in the Dispute Resolution & Litigation team, considers a recent Supreme Court decision allowing damages for malicious prosecution of civil proceedings
  • Brexit: Keep Calm and Don’t Panic

    taxcorporatebusinessp-philippa-rolesdispute resolutioncommercial technology

    Date: 29 September 2016

    Philippa Roles, head of Tax at FSP, speculates on the likely consequences of Brexit in the field of indirect taxation - primarily VAT and customs duties - in the UK.
  • Proposed criminal offence may impose new burdens on companies

    dispute resolutionbusinesscommercial technologycorporateregulatory risk

    Date: 28 September 2016

    Bill Dixon, a partner in the Dispute Resolution & Litigation team, considers the government’s proposals to extend the existing corporate offence of failure to prevent bribery to other economic crimes.
  • 2 million reasons why you shouldn’t support Arsenal…?

    dispute resolutionbusinessregulatory risk

    Date: 28 September 2016

    Tom Maple, partner in the Dispute Resolution team, takes a closer look at the Gambling Act with reference to a recent High court case involving the Ritz in Mayfair and a high stakes gambler.
  • Consumer Rights Act 2015 – Traders Beware

    dispute resolutionbusinesscommercial technologyautomotive

    Date: 09 August 2016

    Tom Maple takes a closer look at the new obligation, contained in the Consumer Rights Act 2015, that traders must ensure that goods supplied must match the model examined by the customer.
  • Don’t Make the Classic Mistake

    dispute resolutioncommercial technologybusinessautomotive

    Date: 04 August 2016

    Samantha Simpson of our Dispute Resolution and Litigation team looks at the legal considerations for potential investors in classic cars.
  • Automotive – Misuse of Confidential Information – Choosing the Right Formula

    dispute resolutionbusinesscommercial technologyEmploymentautomotive

    Date: 28 July 2016

    Tom Maple, head of the Automotive Team at FSP, takes a closer look at the misuse of confidential information and the remedies available to employers.
  • Privacy Shield update in light of Brexit

    businesscommercial technologydispute resolution

    Date: 21 July 2016

    Cathrine Ripley, partner in the commercial and technology team at FSP, considers the recent comments made about the draft Privacy Shield arrangement and what impact Brexit will have on the arrangement itself.
  • Guide to the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP)

    dispute resolutionbusinesscommercial technology

    Date: 19 July 2016

    In this 1st part of 3, Tom Maple, partner in the Food and Drink team, takes a closer look at the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP/ the Code) and the rules affecting both suppliers and retailers.
  • Contractual exclusion clauses - Do they apply?

    dispute resolutionbusinesscorporatecommercial technology

    Date: 18 July 2016

    Tom Maple, partner in the Dispute Resolution team, considers whether contractual exclusion and limitation clauses are binding on the parties to a contract.
  • Is an unwritten agreement still a contract?

    dispute resolutionbusinesscorporatecommercial technologyproperty

    Date: 15 July 2016

    Tom Maple, partner in the Dispute Resolution team, considers whether contracts have to be in writing and/ or signed for them to be binding.
  • Attempts by testators to avoid post death claims

    dispute resolutionindividualsinheritance disputes

    Date: 14 July 2016

    Bill Dixon, a partner in FSP’s inheritance and trust disputes team, considers whether attempts to avoid claims against a will by getting rid of assets before death can be challenged.
  • Not a Game of Drones – Operating within the Law

    dispute resolutionbusinesscorporatecommercial technologyautomotive

    Date: 14 July 2016

    Tom Maple, partner in the Dispute Resolution team, takes a closer look at the law relating to the flying of “small unmanned aircraft”, more commonly known as Drones.
  • Liability of directors or shareholders - Can you pierce the veil?

    dispute resolutionbusinesscorporatedivorce family civil partnershipscorporate recovery and insolvency

    Date: 06 July 2016

    Tom Maple, head of our Dispute Resolution team, considers the circumstances in which directors and/ or shareholders might be held personally liable to third parties.
  • The Consumer Rights Act 2015

    dispute resolutionbusiness

    Date: 05 July 2016

    The Consumer Rights Act has made significant changes to the sale of goods landscape, introducing new terms into consumer contracts and new remedies where the seller is in breach.
  • Can you enforce a Judgment after 6 years?

    dispute resolutionbusiness

    Date: 05 July 2016

    Tom Maple, head of the Dispute Resolution team, considers whether you can enforce a judgment after 6 years have expired in light of the provisions of the Limitation Act.
  • Motor Vehicles and Satisfactory Quality - The Consumer Rights Act 2015

    dispute resolutionbusinesscommercial technologyautomotive

    Date: 01 July 2016

    Tom Maple, head of the Automotive Team at FSP, considers a key change to the sale of goods act legislation brought about in the Consumer Rights Act 2015, namely the right to reject within 30 days.
  • Data Encryption – ICO Guidance Update

    businesscommercial technologydispute resolution

    Date: 25 May 2016

    Cathrine Ripley summarises the key changes introduced by the ICO’s recent updates to its guidance on data encryption.
  • Tax avoidance schemes – advising on the risk of failure

    individualsbusinesscorporatedispute resolution

    Date: 19 May 2016

    Tom Maple looks at two recent cases regarding tax avoidance and the need for advisers advising on all tax avoidance schemes to provide clear comprehensive advice.
  • An alternative to the freezing injunction?

    dispute resolutionbusiness

    Date: 19 May 2016

    Bill Dixon, a partner in FSP’s Dispute Resolution Team, considers whether a notification order presents an attractive cheaper alternative to the freezing injunction.
  • Bribery as a Defence to a Contract Claim

    dispute resolutionbusinesscommercial technologycorporate

    Date: 04 April 2016

    Bill Dixon, a partner in FSP’s Dispute Resolution team, looks at a recent High Court decision which considered whether a contract obtained through bribery was enforceable.
  • Punching the Customer – Vicarious Liability Update

    dispute resolutionEmploymentbusiness

    Date: 04 April 2016

    Bill Dixon, a partner in our Dispute Resolution team, considers a recent case where a supermarket employee assaulted a customer. The question was whether the supermarket was liable.
  • Trade mark reforms – what you need to know

    businesscommercial technologydispute resolution

    Date: 10 March 2016

    Terri Alam summarises the key changes introduced by recent trade mark reforms.
  • The new general data protection regulation – how does it impact your business?

    businesscommercial technologydispute resolution

    Date: 10 March 2016

    Cathrine Ripley summarises the key changes to be introduced by the new general data protection regulation.
  • Offshore Trusts and Unexpected Tax Consequences

    dispute resolutionbusinesswills trusts taxinheritance disputes

    Date: 25 February 2016

    Bill Dixon, a partner and member of FSP’s Inheritance and Trusts Disputes team, considers what an individual’s remedies are if an offshore trust fails to deliver anticipated tax savings.
  • Consumer Rights Act 2015 – revolution or re-hash?

    businesscommercial technologydispute resolutionautomotive

    Date: 25 February 2016

    Cathrine Ripley summarises the key aspects of change to consumer protection laws in the new legislation.
  • Fire – don’t get burnt

    dispute resolutionbusiness

    Date: 12 February 2016

    Tom Maple considers a seller’s or manufacturer’s liability for compensation for fire damage caused by defective goods
  • Groceries Code Adjudicator publishes report on business practices at Tesco

    dispute resolutionbusinesscommercial technologyfood

    Date: 05 February 2016

    Partner Bill Dixon comments on the recent report on breaches under the Groceries Supply Code of Practice following an investigation into alleged unfair treatment of suppliers by Tesco.
  • Wills: a recent court ruling on the forfeiture rule

    dispute resolutionbusinesswills trusts taxinheritance disputes

    Date: 21 January 2016

    Bill Dixon a partner and member of FSP’s Inheritance and Trust Disputes Team, comments on a recent court decision about when someone guilty of murder or manslaughter can inherit.
  • ECJ sails into unchartered waters on privacy rules

    businesscommercial technologydispute resolutionEmployment

    Date: 31 December 2015

    Cathrine Ripley reviews recent developments in data protection law, which call into question the adequacy of IT companies’ compliance programmes.
  • Corruption Update

    businessdispute resolution

    Date: 21 December 2015

    Bill Dixon, a litigation partner at FSP, considers some recent developments with the 2010 Bribery Act.
  • Lacoste’s crocodile snaps back in EU ruling

    businesscommercial technologydispute resolution

    Date: 14 October 2015

    Cathrine Ripley from our Commercial and Technology Team takes a look at Lacoste’s recent victory over Polish competitors Mocek and Wenta.
  • When do Landlords need to consult?

    propertycommercial propertyproperty disputesdispute resolutionresidential property

    Date: 18 December 2014

    Joe Lott, a partner in our property disputes group, considers in what circumstances landlords need to consult with leaseholders about “qualifying works” following the 2014 Court of Appeal decision in Francis v Phillips.
  • How public should Public Law be?

    businessregulatory law licensingdispute resolution

    Date: 18 October 2013

    Judicial review cases involve investigations by the courts into the workings of our public services. Is it right that the two sides should be able to agree to keep the court’s findings secret?
  • Can a dealer keep the customer's car?

    dispute resolutionbusinessautomotivecommercial technologydebt recovery

    Date: 13 June 2013

    Tom Maple, head of the Automotive Team at FSP, explains the rights that give protection to a dealer or garage when repairs or maintenance have been carried out but not paid for by the customer.
  • Sometimes advance rent is just that

    dispute resolutionbusinessp-tim-childresidential propertycommercial propertyproperty

    Date: 04 June 2013

    Residential landlords have to be very careful to properly register deposits, or dire consequences can follow. But what about rent paid in advance? Joe Lott considers the latest guidance from the Court of Appeal, and possible implications for landlords.
  • Automotive Block Exemptions

    dispute resolutionbusinessautomotivecommercial technology

    Date: 04 June 2013

    Tom Maple, head of the FSP Automotive Team, highlights important changes to the Block Exemption Regulations and explains how they will affect the automotive industry.
  • Horses for (main) courses?

    dispute resolutionbusinessregulatory law licensing

    Date: 19 February 2013

    Joe Lott reminds us that all food businesses need to be able to ensure that the food they serve properly complies with its description.
  • Licensed to spy - CCTV and the law

    propertycommercial propertyregulatory law licensingdispute resolutionbusinessp-tim-child

    Date: 18 October 2012

    Joe Lott offers a timely reminder that CCTV users need to be licensed by the Information Commissioner and comply with a proper data-handling policy.
  • Licensing - the role of the DPS

    regulatory law licensingdispute resolutionbusiness

    Date: 04 July 2012

    What is the Designated Premises Supervisor's role in a premises supplying alcohol? Surprisingly, the legal role is not clearly defined as Joe Lott explains.
  • Contracts: getting out of a bad bargain

    propertycommercial technologycommercial propertyconstructioncorporateproperty disputesdispute resolutionbusiness

    Date: 03 February 2011

    Bill Dixon comments on a recent case the firm was involved in (Gold v BDW) on getting out of contracts which have come unprofitable.
  • Selling up? Don't double your trouble

    businesscommercial propertycorporatedispute resolutionresidential propertybusiness startups

    Date: 28 January 2011

    Penny Garden from our corporate team explains what to watch out for if you are selling a business or house and decide to change your corporate finance adviser or estate agent.
  • Employees beware

    businessdispute resolutionEmploymentinheritance disputes

    Date: 25 January 2008

    Employees leaving to set up a rival business take note!