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We produce regular briefings which examine the latest legal developments, regulations and case law. 

Families in Crisis: Mental Capacity Issues

Date Posted: 26/01/2015 Author: Charlotte Fraser

One in three people will experience a problem at some point during their lifetime; in any one year 19% of us will suffer from an anxiety disorder, 13% from a substance problem, and 7% from depression.

'The scandal of common mental illnesses left untreated' Daniel Freeman and Jason Freeman, The Guardian/a>

Brand Gal RiRi: Pop star Rihanna vindicated in her image rights claim against Topshop

Date Posted: 23/01/2015 Author: Anthony Misquitta & Michael Patrick

The pop star, Rihanna, has won the second round in a legal battle against high street store, Topshop (part of the Arcadia Group), over a t-shirt bearing her image. In an important ruling on celebrity “image rights”, the Court of Appeal upheld a ban on Topshop selling a Rihanna “tank” sleeveless t-shirt without her permission. Three appeal judges agreed with an earlier High C...

The train now approaching platform 3

Date Posted: 22/01/2015 Author: Paul Jones

Anticipating some of the legal issues in information technology for the year ahead

Who is a journalist now?

Date Posted: 22/01/2015 Author: Harriet Brown

The ICO extends its application of the journalistic exemption to a campaigning NGO

In December the ICO decided that an NGO could take advantage of the journalistic exemption under s32 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), in its dispute against a mining company.  It is the first time the exemption has been applied to a non-media organi...

From defamation to harassment – Merlin, Brand and circumventing Bonnard v Perryman?

Date Posted: 21/01/2015 Author: Jennifer Agate

This article appeared in Entertainment Law Review, Ent. L.R. 2015, 26(1), 29-31, reproduced here with the kind permission of the editor.

New Changes to Inheritance Laws – Can one law suit all families?

Date Posted: 20/01/2015 Author: Richard McDermott

When a person dies without leaving a valid Will, statute fills in the gap and their estate is distributed according to the intestacy rules.  Those rules have been updated by the Inheritance and Trustees' Powers Act 2014 (the Act) which mostly came into force on 1 October 2014. 

Commercial Property Newsletter: Spotlight on Development

Date Posted: 20/01/2015 Author: Clive Lovatt

Welcome to the first edition of the Farrer & Co Commercial Property Group newsletter. We will be looking at current issues in the world of property development, specifically aimed at property developers, those who invest in property and those who fund development works. 

Cyber Security and the Sony pictures fallout: a sign of the legal challenges to come for 2015

Date Posted: 16/01/2015 Author: Paul Jones

The Christmas break just gone saw another high-profile hacking dominate news headlines; this time a vicious and sweeping leak of data from Sony Pictures and, separately, a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on the PlayStation Network platform operated by Sony's video gaming division, Sony Computer Entertainment. This is, of course, not the ...

UCITS V and VI – preparing for the new rules, and beyond

Date Posted: 16/01/2015 Author: Grania Baird & Julia Hartley

The New European Data Protection Regulation Looms Large on the Horizon

Date Posted: 16/01/2015 Author: Henry Sainty

Save for those banking on a Tory/UKIP coalition and a 2017 Brexit, UK organisations should keep a closer eye during 2015 on the new pan-European Data Protection Regulation and its potential impact on their operations.  The European Commission hopes that a final text will be agreed before the end of the year, and that the new law will come int...

Capital Commercial Leases of Part

Date Posted: 16/01/2015 Author: Charles Anderson

Over several decades, long-term leases of commercial properties have been a common feature of the investment market particularly for prime real estate in the City and the West End.  Estate and institutional freeholders seeking capital have often transacted with developers and investors by granting 125‑ or 250‑year leases.  The 1980s saw th...

Q1 Commercial Forecast

Date Posted: 14/01/2015 Author: David Fletcher

Welcome to our inaugural Commercial Forecast.

In each edition we flag up key legal developments over the coming financial quarter, helping to put them on the radar of our business clients and their advisors.


Points in relation to Long Leases of Commercial Premises forming Part of a Building

Date Posted: 13/01/2015 Author: Charles Anderson

1. Transaction

Certain City and West End buildings are being acquired for:

(a)     residential development as to upper floors and

(b)     commercial investment, development or owner-occupation as to ground, basement and possibly first floor./a>

Commercial properties with residential element

Date Posted: 07/01/2015 Author: Charles Anderson

Guidance Note in respect of Legislation Applicable to Residential Premises

Commercial and Residential Property

Date Posted: 07/01/2015 Author: Charles Anderson

1. Commercial and Residential Property

This note presents some insights into the processes by which international investors may ensure that they are best placed to acquire commercial and residential property in England

Property Glossary

Date Posted: 07/01/2015 Author: Charles Anderson

This Note is intended to cover some basic property legal terms and background legal information for those acting in property transactions and management.

International Private Investors Commercial Property Auctions

Date Posted: 07/01/2015 Author: Charles Anderson

This Note is to assist international private investors and their off-shore trustees in acquiring UK commercial property at auction.  The market has seen a recent upsurge in properties brought to auction with relatively vibrant results in Q4 2009. A number of private investors and their trustees returning to UK property investment may not be fam...

Management of independent schools: proposed regulations – Government consultation response

Date Posted: 06/01/2015 Author: Rachel Holmes

The Government consulted on proposed regulations earlier this year. There were only twenty responses to the consultation, which generally approved of the proposals. As a result, the Government decided not to make any substantial changes to the draft regulations, and the summary below is taken from

Abortion, conscientious objection and the UK Supreme Court: Greater Glasgow Health Board v Doogan & Anor

Date Posted: 19/12/2014 Author: Maria Strauss and Frank Cramner

This article was first published by Law & Religion UK  on Friday 19 December, and is reproduced by kind permission. 


Inn the Field of play – December 2014

Date Posted: 18/12/2014 Author: Owen O'Rorke

Video nasties: would retrospective action stamp out simulation?

This month we provide general commentary on the current controversy of 'simulation' within professional football as well as a short review of some of the key topics covered by Inn the Field of Play in 2014.

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