Author Archives: Darren Butt

Breaking down the mysteries of Break Clauses – Pre-Conditions for Termination of a Lease

Welcome to the second episode in our podcast series Real Estate Conversations, which discusses break clauses within commercial leases, with a specific focus on the conditions that must be satisfied in order to exercise a break right. It also looks …

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Contractor fails to avoid liability for defective works by arguing that it was co-insured with the employer under JCT Contract

The Rugby Football Union (“RFU”) engaged Conway in 2012 to install ductwork as part of upgrade works to Twickenham Stadium before the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Conway was appointed under an amended JCT Standard Building Contract without Quantities, 2011 edition. …

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US sanctions imposed against “crypto mixer”

OFAC deemed Bitcoin mixer “Blender.io” to have been culpable in assisting a North Korea backed heist, which laundered over $20.5million in illicit funds. OFAC said that Blender.io, which operates on the Bitcoin blockchain, facilitated illicit transactions by obscuring their origin, …

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Data privacy update: International data transfers

1. What has changed? The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which regulates privacy and data protection under the UK GDPR, recently announced changes to the mechanisms for sending personal data overseas. In particular, the ICO has published new guidance and documents …

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The Future of Work & Managing a Hybrid Workforce

Tania Goodman (Partner), Sinead Kelly (Associate), Daniel Zona (Associate) and Emma Burroughs (Associate) from our Employment team discuss the future of work and the issues with managing a hybrid workforce, including: Hybrid, agile and flexible working Health and safety in …

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The Queen’s Speech

Tuesday’s Queen’s Speech outlined the UK government’s agenda for the upcoming parliamentary session. Among the key policy announcements in relation to business and employment were: Plans for a bill that will give British ports powers to refuse entry to ferry …

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

This year’s official theme is ‘loneliness’ with a focus on building meaningful connections with friends, family and colleagues. The chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation, Mark Rowland, stated: “Loneliness is affecting more and more of us in the UK …

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Extension of exclusivity ban to lowest paid workers

In 2015, the government made exclusivity clauses for zero hour workers unenforceable, allowing them to take up several jobs to top up their income. Now, the government is proposing to extend this protection to workers who earn less than £123 …

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Hague Convention Letters of Request – The relevance threshold

Litigants from Hague Convention countries can ask their home courts to seek assistance from the High Court of England and Wales by issuing a “letter of request” (“LOR”) to obtain the evidence or documents. For an overview of the steps …

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Top civil servant privately warns the PM against forcing government workers back to the office

The warnings come shortly after Jacob Rees-Mogg was reported to have left “sorry you were out” notes on empty Whitehall desks, in an attempt to cajole civil servants back to government offices. Some have labelled this a “stunt” and a …

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