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"Ah yes, I remember it well". The phenomenon of faulty memories in mediation and litigation

Jonathan Haydn-Williams
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“We met at nine” “We met at eight” “I was on time” “No, you were late” “Ah yes, I remember it well”. Those lyrics from the 1958 film ‘Gigi’, encapsulate the experience of many...

The big construction law question: can you pay now and argue later?

Hazel Boland-Shanahan
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This article first appeared in Construction News . A top judge came out of retirement to help decide a crucial question around interim payments and adjudications, as Hazel Boland-Shanahan explains. Confusing case law on interim payments led...

After the Article 50 judgment

Stephen Hornsby
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This article was first published in Prospect Magazine . Why the European Court should never have ruled on Britain’s right to revoke the Brexit letter All the attention directed to the case of Wightman v Secretary of State for Exiting the European...

UK's gambling companies agree to TV ad ban

Stephen Hornsby
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This article first appeared in Sportcal . The UK’s largest gambling companies have agreed a voluntary ban on advertising during live television coverage of sport amid increasing concerns over the harmful effects of gambling addiction, especially...

Pulling down the shutters? How to exercise a commercial break notice effectively

Lauren Fitzpatrick
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With the high street retail and dining sectors in a seemingly constant cycle of reinvention our Real Estate Dispute Resolution team provide guidance in this article for tenants who are considering exercising a break option in a commercial lease. A break...

The Realities behind the Iceland Christmas Ad

Paul Herbert
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A version of this article appeared in The Times . “Iceland Christmas Ad: Petition to show it on TV hits 670k” is one of many recent headlines reporting Iceland’s failure to secure clearance for the broadcast of its Christmas...

Microchipping employees: What are the legal implications?

Clare Gilroy-Scott
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This article first appeared in UK Tech News . Wearable technology is now common in the workplace, including employer-provided fitness trackers which can monitor employees’ health and activity levels. It seems that the next step, microchipping...

Notable recent decisions from the Information Commissioner's Office

Paul Herbert
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We report on two notable recent decisions from the Information Commissioner’s Office, one pre and the other post, GDPR. 1.Facebook/Cambridge Analytica “Facebook to appeal over record £500,000 fine for data breaches” ran this...

Pay now, argue later?

Hazel Boland-Shanahan
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There has been some confusing case law regarding interim applications and payments, valuation disputes and how the adjudication process slots in, which led to the rise of smash and grab adjudications. Sir Rupert Jackson in his Court of Appeal judgment for...

Recovery of legal costs in the Courts of England and Wales

Jonathan Haydn-Williams
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This is for guidance only and not legal advice. Before relying on anything stated below, the reader should take independent legal advice. 1. In England and Wales, the courts apply what American lawyers call ‘costs shifting’ (although the US...

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