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26 Nov 19
Tele­coms: Court of Ap­peal rul­ing on op­er­at­or’s right to sur­vey
The Court of Ap­peal has con­cluded that para­graph 3(d) of the Code shall be con­strued to in­clude an ex­press right for op­er­at­ors to enter upon land to un­der­take a sur­vey to as­sess suit­ab­il­ity for the in­stall­a­tion...
20 Nov 19
Elec­tron­ic Com­mu­nic­a­tions Code – new guid­ance note
The RICS has just pub­lished its guid­ance note for sur­vey­ors ad­vising in re­spect of the Elec­tron­ic Com­mu­nic­a­tions Code.  Whist the guid­ance note is not man­dat­ory for RICS sur­vey­ors, it provides sur­vey­ors...
21 Oct 19
State­ment of Agreed Facts in de­vel­op­ment valu­ation dis­pute: "to bind...
The Court of Ap­peal has just handed down its Judg­ment in the Crest Nich­olson and Great Dun­mow dis­pute, which was first be­fore the courts in sum­mer 2018 (Great Dun­mow Es­tates Ltd v Crest Nich­olson Op­er­a­tions...
02 Oct 19
An­oth­er wild goose chase: Canada Goose v Per­sons Un­known
Last year, we com­men­ted on the High Court’s prag­mat­ic ap­proach to in­junct­ing against Per­sons Un­known where there was a “sig­ni­fic­ant risk” of presently uniden­ti­fied oth­ers dam­aging or tres­passing...
30 Sep 19
IPEC refers ques­tion on design nov­elty to CJEU
For many years, there has been sig­ni­fic­ant un­cer­tainty and aca­dem­ic dis­agree­ment re­gard­ing the cir­cum­stance un­der which a design will qual­i­fy for un­re­gistered Com­munity design (“UCD”) pro­tec­tion....
25 Sep 19
In­ter­im In­junc­tion – Tie Cov­en­ants in Lease 
In the case of Unique Pub Prop­er­ties Ltd v Roddy the High Court made an in­ter­im in­junc­tion (in fa­vour of the land­lord) which re­quired the pub ten­ants to com­ply with the tie cov­en­ants in their lease (that...
23 Sep 19
High Court re­jects land­lord chal­lenge to Deben­hams’ CVA
Fol­low­ing an ex­ped­ited tri­al, the High Court has re­jec­ted an ap­plic­a­tion brought by a group of land­lords known as the Com­bined Prop­erty Con­trol Group (“CPC”) to chal­lenge the com­pany vol­un­tary ar­range­ment...
19 Sep 19
The High Court has de­livered clear guid­ance on the “do”s and “don’t”s...
The CVA chal­lenge The land­lords’ claim against the Deben­hams CVA was put for­ward on five grounds: Fu­ture rent is not a “debt” and so the land­lords are not cred­it­ors, such that the CVA can­not...
29 Aug 19
Su­per­mar­kets still not com­pli­ant with con­sumer pri­cing guidelines,...
Four years on from its su­per-com­plaint to the Com­pet­i­tion & Mar­kets Au­thor­ity about su­per­mar­kets’ pri­cing prac­tices (see our Law-Nows here and here), Which? has con­duc­ted a fol­low-up in­vest­ig­a­tion which,...
12 Aug 19
Lon­don Bor­ough of Lam­beth v Sec­ret­ary of State
Savills Com­mer­cial View  Plan­ning per­mis­sions for re­tail de­vel­op­ment have a long his­tory of be­ing gran­ted sub­ject to con­di­tions that lim­it the ex­tent of the re­tail uses that would per­mit­ted.  Such con­di­tions...
16 Jul 19
Sale of in­di­vidu­al brace­let links in­fringes Nom­in­a­tion’s trade mark
In Nom­in­a­tion Di Ant­o­nio E Paolo Gensini SNC & An­or v Brealey & An­or (t/a JSC Jew­ellery) it was quer­ied wheth­er the pur­chaser of a product sold un­der a trade mark was en­titled to dis­as­semble the product...
09 Jul 19
New Dir­ect­ives reg­u­lat­ing sales to European con­sumers
As part of the European Com­mis­sion’s Di­git­al Single Mar­ket Strategy, the European Uni­on has re­cently ad­op­ted two Dir­ect­ives which will ap­ply from 1 Janu­ary 2022. The Sale of Goods Dir­ect­ive relates...