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Back in May, we wrote about the new Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims (“the Protocol”) and considered the impact that it will have on both business creditors and consumer debtors. As the Protocol comes into force on 1 October 2017, there are now less than 2 weeks remaining to prepare for the changes afoot.

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A recent High Court Judgment is of interest to parties to contractual disputes, and in particular to those engaging in contractual negotiations at their local.

The Judge himself said that the case of Jeff Blue v Mike Ashley was “a lot more interesting than some other cases”, and it involved lengthy evidence of the business practices of the Defendant Mr. Ashley, the owner of Newcastle United and founder of Sports Direct.

Former Senior Judge Denzil Lush caused a stir recently with comments he made to the BBC about powers of attorney. He stated that people should be far more aware of the risks and vowed never to sign one himself.

A Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document, which allows you to appoint a trusted friend or relative to help make decisions on your behalf when you mentally or physically unable. There are two types of LPA, covering financial decisions and health and care decisions.

The process of buying a dental practice can be stressful. However, it doesn’t have to be. Ensuring that you have the right legal team on board can change that stress into a feeling of being well informed, and empowered. Our dental team prides itself on timely communication of appropriate, easy to understand information. Our clients in turn have a firm understanding of both the different stages of the transaction, and perhaps more importantly a real knowledge of the business that they are acquiring.

The recent case of Sysmex (UK) Limited (“Sysmex”) v Imperial College Healthcare Trust NHS Trust (“Trust”) [2017] EWHC 1824 (TCC) has again shown  the Courts applying and developing the American Cyanamid rules in order to determine whether or not an automatic suspension should be lifted.  The case arose as a result of a procurement by the Trust for a contract for pathology services.

The relationship between landlord and tenant can sometimes be a fickle one and, even in the most amicable of landlord-tenant relationships, it is not unusual for disputes to arise.

One frequent cause of disagreement is the question of how to deal with a former tenant’s belongings which remain on the property after a lease has ended; whether it’s a landlord who is unsure what to do with belongings left by a former tenant, or a former tenant whose items are being held to ransom by a landlord seeking payment of rent arrears.

After months of seemingly relentless media coverage, the latest ‘window’ in which professional football clubs are permitted to complete player transfers closed last week.  Looking back, this summer’s window was notable for a number of reasons.  Understandably, the record-breaking sums of money spent by clubs once again caught the eye of many – it is estimated that, buoyed by the ever-increasing revenue from television deals, the twenty English Premier League clubs alone spent in excess of £1.41bn on transfer fees during the window.

As the holiday season draws to a close a lot of children will return to school with happy memories of family holidays.  However, for some, travelling abroad with their children can have unexpected complications when passing through border control if the children have a different surname to their own. 

Streetfootballworld, a Berlin based charitable-organization, has launched a campaign fronted by Manchester United maestro Juan Mata under the name ‘Common Goal’ with the aim of creating a team of XI footballers all pledging 1% of their salary to charity.

In Mata’s words, the underlying aim of the campaign is to make football “a tool for social change”. Whilst, the initiative is commendable, some consider it to be long overdue given the unprecedented rise in the revenue associated with football in recent years.

Recently, the fashion label Rare London announced its administration on Facebook on 31st July stating that the administrators from Duff & Phelps Ltd ‘had to take the unfortunate decision to cease to trade the Company with immediate effect making all staff redundant’.

Following the announcement, many customers took to social media to complain that they had not received ordered items or refunds for returned goods. So what can you do if find yourself in this position?