Real Estate

Does an expert have exclusive jurisdiction to determine the construction of a lease in order to ascertain the open market rent, where the parties disagree on the effect of certain lease provisions on such a determination? In the case of Ashtead Plant Hire Company Limited v Granton Central Developments Limited there was provision in a… Read more »


During summer 2018 there was a consultation on increasing the permitted size for an individual society lottery. Currently the size and prize limits on society lotteries mean that there is the need for larger lotteries to operate an umbrella model with a number of societies (charities or CICs) rather than a single legal entity. From… Read more »


The FCA published earlier this month, a Consultation Paper (CP18/38) which will seek to restrict further the availability of CFD products to retail customers. In the FCA’s view, too many customers for these types of products are losing money and it wants to build on the temporary product intervention powers introduced earlier by ESMA. The… Read more »

Public Law

The UK Home Office has recently issued letters to organisations which it believes are legally required to publish Slavery and Human Trafficking Statements under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA 2015).   MSA 2015 places a “transparency” responsibility on certain businesses to issue a public statement every year showing what steps it has taken to… Read more »

Oil & Gas

The Offshore Environmental Civil Sanctions Regulations 2018 came into force on 1 October 2018. They can apply to relevant offshore environmental offences committed from 1 November 2018 onward. Click here to see our blog and handy guide with more information on the new environmental civil sanctions. As we previously explained, the regulator responsible for implementation… Read more »


The FCA has published a direction stating that any EEA firm which currently carries on regulated activities in the UK under an EU passporting arrangement, and wishes to carry on passporting into the UK after Brexit, must notify the FCA or the relevant regulator under the temporary permissions regime (TPR). Once the TPR is in… Read more »

Public Law

It is said that a week is a long time in politics, and this week already feels longer than most. The day began with news from Luxembourg that the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that the UK can cancel its “Article 50” notice and decide to remain in the EU… Read more »


A discrimination claim raised by a vegan who was dismissed by the charity which he worked for has led to an Employment Tribunal being asked to determine whether veganism should be recognised as a “philosophical belief” and therefore protected under the Equality Act 2010 (“the Act”). What is a philosophical belief? Under the Act it is… Read more »