Archive for February 2020

SRA Underfire following Tribunal

The SRA is again under fire from the SDT for fundamental flaws in its investigation which resulted in the Tribunal finding no case to answer against solicitor Nabeel Sheikh on any charges. The SRA faced similar criticisms in relation to the quality of its investigation only a few months ago in the case of Denise […]

5 Years on by Partner Elizabeth Selby

I have now been at gunnercooke for longer than I was with either of my previous law firms. It certainly doesn’t feel like 5 years since ex-colleague and good friend Sarah Innes convinced me that I didn’t need to give up on the world of law and that there was a law firm out there […]

How to Influence Decision Makers by Marshall Goldsmith

The following article was written by Marshall Goldsmith, taken from the Harvard Business Review. You can view the original article here. “The great majority of people tend to focus downward. they are occupied with efforts rather than results. They worry over what the organization and their superiors ‘owe’ them and should do for them. and […]

Why Better Is Better Than Best by Simon Sinek

The following article has been written by Simon Sinek. You can view the original post here. The fastest runners in the world run between 12-14mph (19-23kph). The average bear runs between 30-40mph (48-64kph). That means if a bear decides to give chase, even world record-breaking sprinter Usain Bolt, could not outrun it. But there is […]

How to build a company where the best ideas win: TedTalk by Ray Dalio

What if you knew what your coworkers really thought about you and what they were really like? Ray Dalio makes the business case for using radical transparency and algorithmic decision-making to create an idea meritocracy where people can speak up and say what they really think – even calling out the boss is fair game. […]

Inspiring Leadership: Julian Richer, The Ethical Capitalist

As part of the firm’s mission to bring commercial business skills to charities, we want to engage business leaders with the fact that they have a vital role to play in solving the challenges of today’s society. To this end, we are holding a series of talks delivered by amazing leaders from the business world, […]

Is the electronic signature on your email legally binding?

Whether or not an automated email signature was legally binding was the question that concerned the County Court in the recent case of Neocleous v Rees [2019] EWHC 2462 (Ch).  In this case, the Defendants had agreed to transfer part of the land to the Claimants for the price of £175,000.  The terms of the […]

Obtaining Injunctions Against Protestors

In recent years there has been an increasing trend for property owners and occupiers to seek injunctions against persons unknown to restrain the actions of trespassers and protestors.  These are usually sought on a quia timet basis, which means that they are granted in advance of any wrong taking place.  As with most injunctions, they […]

Are Veriports a better use of Roof Space for Landowners in City Centres?

If you live or work in London then you are likely to be more than six foot from a piece of telecoms equipment.  We are used to looking out of windows over a sea of telecoms aerials.  Historically, freeholders were eager to grant leases to telecoms operators to obtain an extra source of income from […]

Electrical Safety Checks in Residential Letting

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 will come into effect from 1 July 2020.  All private landlords will be required to: Ensure that the electrical safety standards in the 18th Edition of the Wiring Regulations published by the Institute of Engineering and Technology and the British Standards Institute as […]

Are you being served? Service of Property Notices

The findings of the Supreme Court in UKI (Kingsway) Limited v Westminster City Council [2018] UK SC67 have cast some significant doubt on what were previously thought to be well-established common law principle about the service of notices in relation to property.  In this case the Court determined that there could still be good service […]