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Free-movement at the cliff face

Amidst the Parliamentary furore, on Monday the Government quietly released the key immigration policy for a no-deal scenario, highlighting the chasm which now exists between the deal and no-deal outcomes. This restrictive policy adds to the long line of initiatives overseen by a Prime Minister preoccupied with ‘getting tough on immigration’. Deal Under the terms […]

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GDPR – Organisations continue to adapt

GDPR and the Data Protection Act came into force in May 2018.  There was some sense of foreboding as we built up to the introduction, there was no transition period just a new and extensive set of rules and regulations to replace and update the Data Protection Act 1998.  The legislation is not a one […]

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When tough talk becomes reality: the UK’s new immigration policy

After much apparent internal division within Cabinet, the Government today released its White Paper on the UK’s new immigration policy. The headline features, which may alarm businesses, are that there will be no preferential treatment for EU nationals and that there will be an as- yet- undetermined minimum income threshold, potentially at £30,000, which would […]

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Home Office drop Tier 1 suspension bombshell (followed by a swift and silent back-track)

On 5 November 2018 came the seemingly out of the blue announcement that the Tier 1 Investor visa route was to be suspended in two days’ time.  The media had been briefed overnight with all major outlets running prominent pieces about this dramatic development. Wealthy individuals, and immigration practitioners alike, went into panic mode, as […]

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Recovering rent arrears – make a choice and stick to it!

A recent case (Thirunavukkrasu v Brar and another [2018] EWHC 2461 (Ch)) has confirmed what property litigators have long suspected – that is, if a commercial landlord exercises the “CRAR” procedure (see below for further detail), and then attempts to forfeit the lease for the same arrears, the forfeiture will be unlawful, the lease will […]

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Marriott announce data breach of information for as many as 500 million people

The Marriott Hotel chain announced on Friday 30 November 2018 that information contained in its Starwood brands guest reservation database was compromised. Unauthorised access occurred in connection with reservations at Starwood properties on or before 10 September 2018, potentially dating back to 2014. Marriott received an alert from a security tool on 8 September 2018 […]

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Frustrating events

Another day, another article on Brexit. But this one is a little bit different. It concerns a dispute between the Canary Wharf Group, a property development, investment and management company, and its tenant, the European Medicines Agency (“EMA”). The EMA is, in simple terms, attempting to get out of the remaining term of its 25 […]

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Budget 2018 – Pro-business…but No-Deal Brexit casts a shadow

The 2018 Budget has been received positively by business groups. Carolyn Fairburn, CBI Director-General said it was “a rock solid Budget, bringing more treats than tricks for business whilst the Federation of Small Businesses hailed it as “the most small-business-friendly budget that this Chancellor has delivered.” So what could the Budget mean for your business? […]

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EU Permanent Residence Document: 5 Reasons to Get One (Now!)

EU nationals, and family members, acquire a right of permanent residence (PR) after lawfully residing in the UK for a continuous period of five years. The EU Settlement Scheme will be fully operational by the time the UK leaves the EU and allows people to apply for indefinite leave to remain. However, for those eligible, […]

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Naming and shaming – will #MeToo and Philip Green affect Non-disclosure Agreements?

Labour peer and long-standing human rights campaigner Lord Hain blasted through five Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) when he named retail tycoon Sir Philip Green as the latest leading businessman at the centre of allegations of workplace abuse, including sexual and racial harassment, on 26 October. Lord Hain’s actions are all the more dramatic as just two […]

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