Archive for January 2019

Malicious Prosecution – The Development of this Tort in Civil Proceedings

Malicious Prosecution – The Development of this Tort in Civil Proceedings The Supreme Court decision in Willers v Joyce and another [2016] UKSC 43&44 began the revival of the tort of malicious prosecution in English law. The decision opened up a potential cause of action for those who suffer as a result of unsuccessful malicious […]

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 On 20 December 2018, the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill was given royal assent. The Act amends the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. It will come into force from March 2019 allowing all tenants, private and social, to take action against their landlord if their home […]

Is Brexit a cause for Frustration (of Leases)?

Is Brexit a cause for Frustration (of Leases)? In a recent twist in the Brexit Saga, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has been forced into a dispute with the Landlord of its London based Head Quarters. The EMA’s Lease In 2014, the EMA signed a 25-year lease of a newly built 20-storey tower at Canary […]

European Fashion Law – starting up to going global

Join Us! For the Intellectual Property Rights in the Fashion and Creative Industries Event. February 2019 is an important month for fashion. Not only is it London Fashion Week but it is also the launch of gunnercooke partner Rosie Burbidge’s book European Fashion Law. If you want find out more about Rosie’s Book click Here. […]

Joanna Dai, Founder of DAI will be speaking at our Intellectual Property Rights in the Fashion and Creative Industries Event

We are pleased announce that Joanna Dai, Founder of DAI will be speaking at our Intellectual Property Rights in the Fashion and Creative Industries Event. Founder Joanna Dai’s eight-year finance career in New York and London instilled a style of polished attitude and smart sensibility. However, when it came to workwear shopping, she felt discouraged […]

Are employers sitting on an age discrimination time bomb?

A report earlier this summer claimed that the government is failing to protect millions of UK workers from age discrimination. As around a third of UK workers will be over the age of 50 within two years, this is a ticking time bomb for employers. In this blog, I look at the law surrounding age […]

Is the Google walkout a sign of things to come for even the most (allegedly) progressive of companies?

An estimated 20,000 Google workers took part in a global walkout in protest against claims of sexual harassment, gender inequality and racism at the company. This is the first time the tech giant has been the subject of this type of group action and is remarkable given its culture of individualism. In this blog, I […]

Appellate decision on preference: don’t presume to save your MC Bacon!

Séamas Gray and Joseph Curl look at the most significant decision on preference for 30 years On 17 July 2018, Mr Justice Birss handed down his appellate judgment in the case of Abdulali v. Finnegan & another [2018] All ER (D) 133 in what may be one of the most important decisions on preference since […]

Are the scales tipping in the battle against harassment at work?

Are the scales tipping in the battle against harassment at work?   The allegations of harassment against Ted Baker founder Ray Kelvin are the latest in a series of claims against high profile men that have hit the headlines over the past few months. Some interesting factors in this case indicate why behavior once accepted […]

A little too presumptuous? Abdulali v Finnegan & another [2018]

A little too presumptuous? Abdulali v Finnegan & another [2018] EWHC 1806 (Ch) One of the key practical features that separates insolvency litigation from most other legal disputes is the fact that the party typically bringing the claim – the officeholder – is usually unable to give any first-hand evidence of the background facts. By […]

Leasehold Reform Consultation

Developers and Investors will be particularly interested to note that, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government launched a consultation paper, Implementing reforms to the leasehold system in England on 15 October 2018. This continues the Government’s campaign to reform the leasehold market. The Government’s White Paper Fixing our broken housing market, which was […]

Christmas Reading List 2018

Christmas Reading List 2018 Wonderful Lives by Dr Nick Bayliss – this Cambridge Don and Psychologist explains fundamental principles and every day skills drawn from remarkable individuals to create a great life The 100 Year Life by Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott about what our lives will look like. Most people born today will live […]

Is the Google walkout a sign of things to come for even the most (allegedly) progressive of companies?

An estimated 20,000 Google workers took part in a global walkout last week in protest against claims of sexual harassment, gender inequality and racism at the company. This is the first time the tech giant has been the subject of this type of group action and is remarkable given its culture of individualism. In this blog, […]

gunnercooke advise on the sale of UK’s largest sound equipment supplier

gunnercooke advise on the sale of UK’s largest sound equipment supplier The UK’s largest sound equipment supplier for live events, SSE Audio Group Holdings Limited (‘SSE’), has been acquired by Groupe Solotech INC (‘Solotech’) in Canada. gunnercooke Corporate Partner, Amanda Allen, acted as the legal advisor to long-standing client SSE and its Stakeholders. SSE was […]

New Commercial Service Charges Code

New Commercial Service Charges Code The RICS have issued a new Professional Statement entitled “Service charges in commercial property (1st Edition)” (New Code), which comes into force on 1 April 2019. It replaces the third edition of the Service Charge Code. As the New Code is a Professional Statement, all RICS Members and Regulated Firms […]

Proactive Management of Commercial Leases

Property Dispute Resolution Partner, Claire-Elaine Arthurs, has produced a Four Part Series exploring the common issues that arise with Commercial Property Leases. She considers how a proactive approach can manage risks, avoid disputes and allow both Landlords and Tenants to get the best out of their Tenancy. Part 1: Begin as You Mean to Go On […]

Protecting your business from cyber threats Seminar

We are delighted to be hosting a Protecting your business from cyber-threats seminar, in partnership with Mitigo Cyber Security this March! Cyber Security is of increasing importance for all businesses, regardless of size or sector. With this in mind we are delighted to be hosting an interactive seminar for businesses to receive invaluable support and […]

Housing Complaints Resolution Service: What’s it all about?

Housing Complaints Resolution Service: What’s it all about? Given the current political climate it isn’t at all surprising that the government’s latest plans to “create a housing market that works for everyone” slipped out more or less unnoticed last week. The proposals follow last year’s consultation on Strengthening Consumer Redress in the Housing Market and […]