New Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) Regulations for Residential Property

MEES Regulations 2015 The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 introduced two key measures with a view to improving the energy efficiency of private rented properties. The first is a right for a tenant of a domestic property to make energy efficiency improvements, which has been available since 2016. The second […]

Competition In Commercial Leases

Anti-Competitive Leases Don’t Fly On 25 October 2018 Heathrow airport recieved an order to pay £1.6m fine. This was for restricting competition on parking prices in a lease with an operator of a Terminal 5 hotel. After launching an investigation into the airport’s agreement with the Arora Group for the lease of Arora’s Sofitel hotel […]

Empty Properties May Become Even More Expensive For Landlords

Empty Properties May Become Even More Expensive For Landlords On 1 November 2018 the Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Act 2018 received Royal Assent. It is yet to be confirmed when it will come into force but, when it does it will apply to England only. Additional Premiums for Empty […]

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 […]

Do you know who your Landlord is?

Do you know who your Landlord is? In many cases, residential tenants have little to do with their landlords for extended periods of time. During that time landlords may sell their interests or move, making it challenging for tenants to know who they then need to contact when an issue does arise. The first place […]

Is Right to Manage worth the Effort?

Is Right to Manage worth the Effort? As the number of people in privately rented residential accommodation increases, the ability of tenants to manage their homes in a way that works for them has become increasingly important. The Right to Manage (“RTM”) legislation, which landlords cannot contract out of, was introduced in 2002 to give […]

Surface development and minerals sterilisation claims

Surface development and minerals sterilisation claims   Leading up to the Land Registration Act 2002 there was a school of thought that minerals interests were irrelevant and within 15 years those interests would no longer have any effect. It was this rationale that led to the changed status of manorial rights and those rights which […]

Dukeminster: When is it ok to get it wrong?

When is it ok to get it wrong? The context of this article is firmly in the peculiar world of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, but the principle can apply just as well to other areas of law.  In a recent case in the London County Court, the court didn’t like the parties using […]

Japanese knotweed: a knotty problem

Japanese knotweed: a knotty problem Whether you are managing, developing, buying or selling commercial property, Japanese knotweed can be a real problem.  This invasive species is costly to remove both in contractor’s costs and the time involved.  There are various possible criminal penalties for the landowner.  There is also the possibility of action by neighbouring […]

Relevance of motive in 1954 Act opposed renewals

Relevance of motive in 1954 Act opposed renewals On 5th December 2018, the Supreme Court handed down judgement in the case of S Franses Limited (Appellant) v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd [2018] UKSC 62.  This is the final word on a case relating to the necessary intention to develop required by a landlord to […]

Employers beware: your company may be liable for the actions of its employees at this year’s Christmas party

Employers beware: your company may be liable for the actions of its employees at this year’s Christmas party  To what extent is a company vicariously liable for the actions of its employees? With Christmas party season upon us, where behaviour of employees can be an area for concern, a recent decision by the Court of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Can we escape the impacts of the increasingly digitalized world we inhabit?

With the ongoing increase in global digitalisation, very few industries (If any) will escape the impacts of the increasingly digitalized world we inhabit. New technologies continue to emerge creating a moving landscape that can seem challenging to even the most digitally mature organisations. Consider the hype around the Internet of Things (IoT), the network of […]

How can we possibly keep the data we send by email safe and secure when there are cyber attackers ready to pounce around every virtual corner?

One of the key challenges of data security relates to how we communicate electronically; namely email.  How can we possibly keep the data we send by email safe and secure when there are cyber attackers ready to pounce around every virtual corner? Answer: You need to act before the event to reduce the risks presented […]

In the complex mix of information used by your organisation there is one type of data that is highly regulated: personal data.

In the complex mix of information used by your organisation, there is one type of data that is highly regulated: personal data. The fact that is regulated means you have to think not only about commercial issues (the business risks and the opportunities around using personal data) but about legal compliance too. In discussions with clients, I tend to think about managing […]

gunnercooke’s Corporate team has advised Euro Media Group on the acquisition of Telegenic, a major player in the UK and European Outside Broadcasting Market.

A gunnercooke team led by Corporate Partner Nick Gould has advised Euro Media Group (EMG) on the acquisition of Telegenic, a major player in the UK and European Outside Broadcasting Market. Telegenic operates a fleet of 15 Outside Broadcast and Production trucks equipped with the most advanced technology available for HD and UHD HDR productions […]

STOP criminals from getting your money, your data and your business!

Are you being vigilant?   In the modern connected age, owners of small businesses need to be vigilant to the constantly growing number of threats to their livelihood. Organised criminals want to try and get access to your funds and data, to disrupt your business, or to get access to customer information that you hold […]

Could your password get hacked?

Could your password get hacked? It seems like every week, another company or public service organisation is in the headlines, with details of customer accounts or payment information being stolen and sold on the “dark web”. Whilst we all recognise that we need more complexity than Password123 in our login credentials – how can we […]

gunnercooke advises on acquisition of growing Midlands dental practice

A team led by gunnercooke partner Mel Kang has advised on the acquisition of a growing Midlands dental practice, following funding from Barclays. Mel is a recognised specialist in corporate healthcare, frequently advising dentists, pharmacists, GPs and care home operators on high-value acquisitions and disposals of their practices. There are many complex regulatory aspects involved in transactions such as these […]

A successful day for the ‘meet gunnercooke’ event in Leeds

gunnercooke hosted a fantastic meet the team launch in Leeds on 01 March. This lunchtime drinks and canapes event was hosted at the popular Blackhouse restaurant in the city centre. It was very well attended with a great mix of gunnercooke partners, clients, intermediaries and recruiters. Co-founder Darryl Cooke gave an inspiring speech on the […]

Oops!… We did it again

It is a fact of life that mistakes happen when entering commercial agreements. Time is usually tight. Parties want to ‘get the deal done’ and profit from it. Without the luxury of time to patiently review, reread and crosscheck terms, miscommunications and misunderstandings can understandably creep in. Take the situation where one side thinks it […]