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Dilapidations- a drafting minefield

The case of Gatsby Retail Limited v The Edinburgh Woollen Mill Limited  from earlier this year reminds landlords that even the small detail of wording in a lease can have significant consequences, particularly in relation to dilapidations claims. This case concerned a landlord, Gatsby, whose lease of their commercial premises on Princes Street to its previous tenant, Edinburgh Woollen Mill (EWM), had come to an end. Gatsby served a schedule of dilapidations on EWM identifying works valued at around £170,000 which were required to bring the premises up to the standard required under Gatsby’s lease to EWM. Meanwhile, a new lease...
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It is a new world under GDPR

The imposition of GDPR and uncertainty surrounding Brexit has created a challenging environment for businesses in the U.K. Stricter regulations, stronger protections individual privacy, and heftier fines have left businesses with a stark realisation of their obligations under the GDPR. Plus, it appears that the data protection regime post-Brexit will impose additional challenges for businesses large and small, especially in the tech sector.  The Old World Under the former regime, the Information Commissioner’s Office had generally not reached the maximum fine of £500,000. Most major breaches left companies paying between £250,000 and £400,000. Facebook was the last company fined under the...
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Holistic HR Service Updates

As many of you know, Holistic HR is MBM’s comprehensive HR and employment law advice package, designed for small employers with fewer than 50 members of staff. Employers sign up to this service and pay a competitive annual fee (dependant on how many employees they have), which may be paid monthly in instalments. Holistic HR clients receive comprehensive employment law advice over the course of the year, an employment contract review, access to our online portal of template policies, amongst other great benefits. We regularly host events allowing our like-minded clients to meet and gain insight into some topical HR issues,...
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Mortgage Repossession - the uncertain consequences of the Decision in Royal Bank of Scotland Plc. v. Jamieson on Calling Up Notices

The recent case of Royal Bank of Scotland Plc. v. Jamieson has rejected a previously accepted practice in relation to the sending of a Calling Up Notice (“CUN”) to the Extractor of the Court of Session. The practical ramifications of this decision are uncertain and this case has raised more questions than it has answered. Further case law is going to be needed to clarify how CUNs are to be dealt with in the future. Background A creditor holding a standard security can issue a CUN to call up the loan and seek repayment.  In this case, when the creditor (RBS)...
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Facial Recognition Technology

The new data protection regime has created unique concerns about the implementation of cutting-edge technology in surveillance and policing. The High Court recently heard a case dealing with live facial recognition technology used by South Wales Police (SWP). Ed Bridges of Cardiff, Wales, (with the assistance of human rights organisation, Liberty) filed a lawsuit against the SWP, alleging that his rights had been violated after they used facial recognition technology. He asserted that he had been recorded without his permission at least twice while he was using public thoroughfares in Cardiff (once for shopping and once for attending a political rally)....
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