Landlords are always keen to protect the value and integrity of their investment properties. Almost all commercial leases contain some wording to ensure that the lease cannot be transferred to another entity (whether an individual or a company) without some safeguards built in. This ensures that any new tenant is going to be of sufficient substance to properly look after the landlord’s investment.
The highly-anticipated appeal judgment in the Game Stores case (Re Game Stations  EWHC 2171 (Ch)) was today handed down by the English Court of Appeal (as yet unreported), which landlords across the UK will welcome as closing a legal “loop-hole” in the administration process.
Game collapsed into administration on 26 March 2012, one day after its quarterly rent payments were due to be paid to various landlords in respect of hundreds of stores – reportedly costing the landlords £3 million in lost rent and service charge. Five days later the company was sold to a p
The royal charter underpinning a system of press regulation has received much of the headline attention following the Leveson Inquiry. However, the report of the Leveson Inquiry also recommended that the regulator of the Data Protection Act (“DPA”), the Information Commissioner’s Officer (“ICO”), should take steps to provide guidelines for the press to observe when processing personal data.
In response to this recommendation, the ICO have published a draft guidance note titled “Data Protection and Journalism: A Guide for the Media”.
Aberdeen city centre has come under increasing pressure as the economy has boomed - and has failed to keep pace.
That was the honest appraisal from Maggie Bochel, Aberdeen City Council Head of Planning and Sustainable Development at Burness Paull’s event on city regeneration – but she insisted the council was doing everything possible to be more “bold, ambitious and aggressive” to make improvements.
One delegate, from a digital SME, suggested the relationship between the public and private sectors in Aberdeen was broken.
Protecting your IP is a crucial issue for all businesses: we are familiar with the importance of ensuring a rival is not copying your company name or logo. But what if the threat to your IP is closer to home?
Our contentious IP team are advising an increasing number of clients who are managing the risk of IP being exploited by former employees and consultants.
To highlight the importance of this issue, I wrote a series of briefing notes aiming to better inform our clients of this threat and to allow them to put in place some safeguards to protect their IP.
Two weeks ago I wrote a blog about the planning and preparation for an 8 day ICC evidential hearing in Geneva.
We are back. “So how did it go?”
Well, as far as we can tell it all went very well. Why do I say that?
Firstly, because I am confident that our planning and preparation paid off. The key to successful advocacy at any hearing is a strong case analysis, such that you have a very clear understanding of the factual and legal issues of the client’s case, and also of course the other side’s case.
The Inner House of the Court of Session in Edinburgh has attempted to plug a legal black hole which can arise where liabilities are transferred from one party to another, in this case to a statutory successor.
This decision concerns a claim following the death of Mr Bavaird due to an asbestos related condition mesothelioma. The challenge was that one of the late Mr Bavaird’s employers, East Kilbride Development Corporation, had been dissolved in 1996 and its assets and liabilities transferred to South Lanarkshire Council, one of the defenders in the case.
“Is it lawful for a Christian hotel keeper, who sincerely believes that sexual relations outside marriage are sinful, to refuse a double-bedded room to a same sex couple? Does it make any difference that the couple have entered into a civil partnership? These are questions which would have been unthinkable less than two decades ago.