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The Data Protection Act 2018, the GDPR and non EU Businesses – Beware the long arm of UK and EU law

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On 25 May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force across the EU. Many businesses and their advisers outside the UK and the EU will be familiar with it. For the GDPR applies not just to businesses established in the EU – where there is a broad concept of an establishment under EU law which extends beyond a subsidiary to include branches and even sales agents of offshore businesses. More …

Listed buildings: Do you need an Energy Performance Certificate?

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One could be forgiven for assuming that listed buildings, by their very nature, are automatically exempt from EPC restrictions. However, the issue is far from clear cut. A more in depth analysis is required due to the inconsistency between the statutory regulations and the government guidance. More …

How to sell a flat with a short lease

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Short leases are an all too common problem for owners of flats when they come to sell their property. The root of the problem is that a lease is a wasting asset, which means that as time goes on it loses value. Even as prices in the property market rise, a flat with a shorter lease will be worth less than a comparable flat with a longer lease. More …

CVAs – Landlords strike back?

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2018 has been the year of the CVA (Company Voluntary Arrangement) in the retail and casual dining sectors. With difficult market conditions and falling consumer demand, a number of high street chains have struggled to continue to meet their liabilities. More …

GDPR, what next?

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After the frenzy, the GDPR and the new Data Protection Act 2018 apply from today, but as Blake Morgan explains, those in charge of compliance won't be breathing a sigh of relief just yet… More …