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The Tenant Farming Commissioner’s code of practice on the conduct of rent reviews
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, October 2021

The Tenant Farming Commissioner’s Code of Practice on the Conduct of Rent Reviews contains a useful summary of the law applicable to rent reviews and provides recommended steps for the conduct of the rent review itself. If the rent can’t be agreed by simple discussion or exchange of letters then the Code of Practice sets out a timetable that the parties should follow unless both parties have agreed otherwise...

Red Bull v Bullards: balancing brand protection and reputation
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, October 2021

Energy drink giant Red Bull recently received some negative press for issuing a cease and desist letter to Norwich-based gin maker Bullards for the use of the word ‘bull’ in its brand name. The case is a useful reminder that brand owners should make sure that their brand protection strategy reflects the organisation’s wider brand values...

TCC decides multiple payment applications can be one dispute
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, October 2021

The Technology and Construction Court (TCC) in Quadro Services Ltd v Creagh Concrete Products Ltd [2021] EWHC 2637 (TCC) held that a claim referred to adjudication with three separate payment applications was still considered a single dispute for the purposes of adjudication. The adjudicator therefore did have jurisdiction to consider all three payment applications to determine the sum due, and the adjudicator’s decision was enforced...

Unidentifiable Legatees: Who should receive the legacy?
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, October 2021

Where a legacy under a will is left to a party that does not appear to exist, or at least cannot be identified, this can intensify what is an already traumatic experience for the deceased’s loved ones. When this happens, who should receive the legacy? In the recent petition by Vindex Trustees Limited [2021] CSIH 46, the Inner House of the Court of Session declined to provide directions on this question...

High Court refuses to incorporate "cunningly concealed" terms and conditions
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, October 2021

In Blu-Sky Solutions Ltd v Be Caring Ltd [2021] EWHC 2619 (Comm) the High Court in England held that a supplier's standard terms and conditions ("T&Cs") are incorporated into a contract by reference if the contract provides that, upon signing the contract, the customer accepts that it has reviewed and agreed to the relevant T&Cs...

New Guidance for Adverts Promoting In-Game Purchases Released by CAP and BCAP
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, October 2021

This month the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) and the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice (BCAP) released new guidance for advertisements used to promote in-game purchases. This guidance applies to providers of online gaming services that offer users the opportunity to purchase virtual items in real-time, such as virtual currencies or extra lives...

Visit Visas for Short-Term Work
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, October 2021

British businesses have long relied on temporary labour from the European Union to service short or medium-term projects. From an immigration perspective, prior to Brexit this relationship used to be frictionless. There was no red tape and no need to worry about what was or was not permitted under the UK’s immigration rules and policies. People arrived, people worked, people left and businesses were happy...

Collateral Warranties as Construction Contracts: A Cautionary Tale
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, October 2021

Toppan Holdings Limited and Abbey Healthcare (Mill Hill) Limited v Simply Construct (UK) LLP In the case of Toppan Holdings Limited (“Toppan”) and Abbey Healthcare (Mill Hill) Limited (“Abbey”) v Simply Construct (UK) LLP (“Simply”) the TCC held that a collateral warranty between Abbey and Simply was not a construction contract and therefore Abbey could not enforce an adjudication between the parties...

Can You Inherit Digital Assets?
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, October 2021

  Every day, our digital footprint gets larger as we continue to rely more heavily on technology in our day-to-day lives. From an inheritance and succession point of view, this poses an important question: What happens to our digital assets when we die? Often when writing a will, people will consider any physical property they own as well as any investments and sums held in bank accounts...

International data transfers – where are we now?
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, October 2021

  Executive Summary For organisations transferring personal data from the EEA, the new form of model clauses must now be used for any new transfers agreed as of 27 September 2021. Existing arrangements using the “old” European model clauses have until December 2022 to be replaced with one of the new versions...

TCC case on adjudicator’s jurisdiction to consider cross-claim, and relevance of party’s intentions when issuing payment notices
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, October 2021

  The Technology and Construction Court in Downs Road Development LLP v Laxmanbhai Construction (UK) Ltd [2021] EWHC 2441 (TCC) held that an Adjudicator’s decision not to consider a line of defence was a breach of natural justice and was not enforceable, nor could part of the decision be severed. The case also contained interesting commentary as to the ‘intent’ behind the issuing of a payment notice, and how this may affect the validity of the notice...

How to apply for a UK spouse or partner visa from the USA
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, October 2021

  On Monday the White House announced that the COVID-19 travel restrictions imposed on passengers from the UK and most of the EU would be eased, allowing fully vaccinated passengers to enter the country from early November. This will be welcomed by families that have been kept apart as a result of the ban first imposed by President Trump 18 months ago. The UK moved to end similar restrictions on US travellers in July, and both sides of the pond are once again open for business...

Bitter pill for the ICO to swallow as fine on pharmacy reduced
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, October 2021

  In a recent appeal by a pharmacy, Doorstep Dispensaree Limited (“Doorstep”), against a Monetary Penalty Notice and an Enforcement Notice issued against it by the Information Commissioner’s Office (the “ICO”), Doorstep was partially successful, specifically against the level of fine imposed by the ICO under the Monetary Penalty Notice...

How does the Information Commissioner’s Office determine the level of fine?
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, October 2021

  In October 2020 the Information Commissioner’s Office (the “ICO”) announced that it was issuing a Penalty Notice to British Airways (“BA”), imposing a financial penalty of £20 million following a data breach that resulted in hackers obtaining the personal data of 400,000 BA customers. This was a significant reduction from the ICO’s original intention to issue a fine of £183 million...

End of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – considerations for employers
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, October 2021

Covering employee wages since 1 March 2020, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ("furlough") is set to end on 30 September 2021, with a deadline for final claims to be made by 14 October 2021. Employers still using the scheme should be engaging with employees about its end, and may now need to make some tough decisions that have been postponed while furlough continued...

Requirement for UKCA Marking Deadline Extended by One Year
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, September 2021

 On 24 August 2021, The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) granted a one-year extension for manufacturers to begin applying the UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) marks for products marketed in the UK. The new deadline is 1 January 2023. UKCA marks replace CE marks in the UK...

End of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Considerations for Employers
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, September 2021

Covering employee wages since 1 March 2020, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ("furlough") is set to end on 30 September 2021, with a deadline for final claims to be made by 14 October 2021. Employers still using the scheme should be engaging with employees about its end, and may now need to make some tough decisions that have been postponed while furlough continued...

Warning: Failure to Appoint Replacement Contracts Administrator Leaves Employer Picking up the Bill
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, September 2021

This article considers whether a notice is valid when served on a party who is specified in the Contract, but no longer holds office and lacks authority to act...

Not Every Lease of Land is an Agricultural Lease
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, September 2021

When is an agricultural lease not an agricultural lease? An agricultural lease provides a tenant with various rights, including security of occupation for the agreed length of the lease. That might be for five or 10 years or longer under a fixed duration tenancy or even for the foreseeable future, if the lease is a traditional lease entered into before November 28 2003. However, not every lease of land is an agricultural lease. Whether it is or not depends on the purpose of the lease...

Managing Risk Throughout the Construction Materials Shortage
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, August 2021

  It will be news to few that the construction industry is experiencing a serious shortage of key materials. The Construction Leadership Council first warned of shortages (in timber, steel, pitched roofing, plastics, paints/coatings, some electronic components and cement – among other materials) early this year, and has reiterated its concerns since...

Free Britney: How Would Britney Spears’ Conservatorship have Played Out Under Scots Law?
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, August 2021

The news earlier this month that Jamie Spears has agreed to step down from his long-time role as conservator of his daughter Britney Spears’ estate “when the time is right” has once again shone a light on the singer’s 13-year-long conservatorship, leading many to consider capacity issues for the first time...

Health and Safety in Agriculture: Farmers Urged to Make Safety a Priority
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, August 2021

Health and safety issues in the agricultural and rural sector are a matter of considerable concern. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is urging farmers to make safety a priority to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities in the sector. This recent campaign was prompted by four fatalities over a fortnight, coming only weeks after Farm Safety Week...

Cleaning up Greenwashing – Why Businesses Should Pay Attention
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, August 2021

As we approach COP26 in Glasgow in November, a vast amount of policy development is underway to help develop the strategies we need to address the global climate crisis. A central challenge is changing consumer behaviour, which is a complex and multi-faceted issue.  It raises questions around affordability, such as changing heating systems, purchasing zero emissions vehicles and better insulating our homes...

The Green Road to Electric Vehicles – Is It Time for Fewer Carrots and more Sticks?
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, August 2021

“We have to hurry, we have to get faster in the fight against climate change.” Those were the words of Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, after surveying the devastation caused by record floods in western Germany in early July. Private transport is one of the world’s biggest sources of greenhouse gases, with emissions rising every year, and the transition to electric vehicles is fundamental in the fight against climate change...

Clauses for Concern: Supreme Court Ruling on Liquidated Damages
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, August 2021

Summary  Liquidated damages (LDs) are predetermined damages set when a contract is entered into, based on a calculation of the estimated loss likely to be incurred if the contractor fails to meet specific dates. LDs clauses are commonplace in commercial contracts. In construction contracts, they generally apply where the contractor fails to complete works by specified dates due to reasons for which the contractor is culpable...

 

 

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