Legal insight

The continuing costs of short-term Airbnb use

An appeal judge (His Honour Judge Luba QC) sitting in the County Court at Central London has held that an injunction restraining a leaseholder from letting his flat as Airbnb accommodation shall continue, and approved the first-instance decision that Airbnb... Read more

Do you own your digital footprint? Asks commercial IP partner Matthew Pryke

The importance and value of a strong and developed digital footprint is widely recognised as a key business asset. However often businesses fail to ensure the legal rights associated with this important element of business’ brand identity is secured and... Read more

Alexandra Cooke advises travel companies on using contracts to protect their data in ABTA Travel Law Today

Hamlins Associate Alexandra Cooke has commented on new data protection regulations in ABTA’s travel publication Travel Law Today. The article considers the impact of the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation on the Travel Industry and the contracts... Read more

Role reversal: Landlord opts for patch repair while tenant pushes for replacement

Summary In the case of De Havilland Studios Ltd v Peries and another [2017] UKUT 322 (LC) the Upper Tribunal (UT) found that choosing to repair or replace defective windows in a residential block of flats were both reasonable options... Read more

Matthew Pryke comments on fans’ online rant leading to libel claim damages in Entertainment Law Review

Hamlins Partner, Matthew Pryke has commented on fans’ online rant leading to libel claim damages in Entertainment Law Review. In his article Matthew summarises the recent case of Graham Woodward v Andrew Grice. The article considers the basis upon which... Read more

Joseph Holder’s article in Estates Gazette considers how data sites can speed up real estate transactions

In his article in the Estates Gazette, Senior Partner Joseph Holder considers what buyers and sellers can do to ensure a speedier transaction using data sites. Ask most property sellers about one of their biggest perennial issues in business and... Read more

Never has there been so much commotion over the word “or”…

The Court of Appeal in Grimes v The Trustees of the Essex Farmers & Union Hunt ([2017] EWCH Civ361) has ruled that notice provisions in a tenancy agreement should be considered in the context of the contract as a whole,... Read more

Lord Justice Jackson’s proposal for fixed recoverable costs

Lord Justice Jackson’s report on fixed recoverable costs has been published this week. The key recommendation of the report was to introduce a new intermediate track for claims between £25,000 and £100,000. The track would have streamlined procedures and be... Read more

Service charge claim – Southwark LBC v Akhtar

In Southwark LBC v Akhtar [2017] UKUT 150 (LC), the Upper Tribunal held that the service charge notices drafted and served by the landlord were valid and served properly on the tenant despite being served late and in the incorrect... Read more

Corporate partner Daniel Bellau shares top tips for protecting your business assets in the Daily Mirror

Corporate partner, Daniel Bellau has shared his top tips for businesses to protect their intellectual property in the Daily Mirror’s BizBureau column. “Some of the most important assets of a business are intangible ones.” he says. “It’s easy to think... Read more