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Happy GDPR Day! General Data Protection Regulation comes into force today

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force in the UK today and will apply to all ‘controllers‘ and ‘processors‘ of ‘personal data’. The GDPR is a substantial and ambitious piece of legislation which aims to overhaul attitudes towards … Read more

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ICO Flexes its Muscles in Warm-up for GDPR – Double offender fined £325,000

The current cap on Monetary Penalty Notices for Data Protection Act 1998 breaches is £500,000. That cap is going up to EUR 20,000,000 tomorrow with the coming into force of GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018 and, to celebrate … Read more

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It’s official! Data Protection Act 2018 given Royal Assent today

Today, the Queen gave Royal Assent to the Data Protection Act 2018, which was first announced in the Queen’s Speech on the 21st June 2017, as mentioned in a previous blog. The new act comes into effect on Friday 25 … Read more

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Is no-fault divorce the way forward?

Britain’s top family judge, Sir James Munby has suggested that no blame divorce should be introduced for those people “trapped in a loveless marriage”. According to the current law, those wishing to apply for a divorce must show that their … Read more

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Lasting Power of Attorney Refund Scheme Launched

The Ministry of Justice have launched a scheme to refund those who may have overpaid to register their Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs).

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The Land Registry are to trial a wider rejection criteria for first registrations.

It has been announced by the Land Registry that in relation to first registration applications for freehold and leasehold titles they are widening the rejection criteria.  This came into effect on 14 August 2017 and will be reviewed in November … Read more

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Duty Bound to Report Payment Practices: Larger Companies and LLPs Take Note

The Reporting on Payment Practices and Performance Regulations 2017 have very recently come into force. These regulations impose new duties for qualifying large companies and LLPs to comply with. Such qualifying companies must now publish a report detailing their payment … Read more

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Lasting Powers of Attorney – Registration Fees Reduced

With effect from 1 April 2017, the fee payable to the Office of the Public Guardian to register a Lasting Power of Attorney (or an old-style Enduring Power is Attorney) has been reduced from £110 to £82.

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Charities win appeal against a woman cut out of her mother’s Will

Yesterday, the UK Supreme Court handed down the hotly-anticipated judgment in Ilot v Mitson*and has re-affirmed the principle of ‘testamentary freedom’.  Testamentary Freedom is a long-standing principle in English Law, meaning that a person has the freedom to choose who … Read more

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Parliament To Have Say On Brexit Go-Ahead

The Supreme Court has this morning passed a landmark ruling, holding that Parliament must first vote on whether the Government can commence with the Brexit process.

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