Alternative Dispute Resolution, or ADR, is something that is becoming increasingly common in dispute resolution procedures, whether via eBay or in formal court litigation procedures. Some contracts or areas of law require the parties to first attempt ADR, and it is general court policy to encourage parties to attempt ADR. There can be significant cost…

Or: KISS (keep it short and simple) With frustrating regularity, I am consulted by people who have come up with a good idea, have worked hard to transform that idea into a viable business proposition and have then done a deal with venture capitalists (“dragons”) to obtain the funding they need to move the business…

The Supreme Court ruled that Ashers bakery’s refusal to make a cake with a slogan supporting same-sex marriage was not discriminatory. The high-profile dispute began in 2014 when the bakery refused to make a cake with the slogan “Support Gay Marriage”.  The customer, gay rights activist Gareth Lee, sued the company for discrimination on the…

Sympathy for the Devil, or, be sure you are clear about who you are giving references to, and what those references are intended to be used for. A rare moment of excitement in the usually grey world of Reynolds Towers (otherwise known as the Property & Commercial Department at Barrett & Co) was provided by…

Having recently acted on a matter where I was asked to draft a shareholders’ agreement, it reminded me of the importance of having a shareholders’ agreement to fall back on. It’s often not taken into consideration as it may be the start of a newly formed company purchasing property for example where everything is agreed…

In late 2017, the Charity Commission received complaints that international think tank The Legatum Institute Foundation was political and acting to promote the views of “pro-Brexiteers”. Barrett & Co’s Jane Whitfield looks at the Charity Commission’s findings. The Legatum Institute Foundation is an international think tank and educational charity based in London. On the landing…

The dispute between Chelsea FC and the Crosthwaites family highlights the risk of a developer assuming it can acquire a neighbour’s right to light by offering the neighbours suitable compensation. A developer must always remember that the primary remedy for infringement of a property right, including a right to light is, an injunction. Chelsea FC…

As the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is coming into force tomorrow, 25 May, we are using our Newsletter in its new edition to highlight some of the important changes with which all businesses are having to coming to grip. As the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is coming into force tomorrow, 25 May, we…

On 25th May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulations (‘GDPR’) come into force, changing the rules regarding the way our data is collected and stored by organisations. The legislation is designed to bring data protection procedures up to date and to create a common standard across Europe. It is currently intended that the provisions of…

Interfering with another person’s contractual relationship is unlawful, and with the right legal advice, you may be able to claim appropriate compensation for loss of profit or other earnings. In a recent case, the worlds of science fiction and contract law collided, when a Star Wars fan was unlawfully prevented from beaming an interview with…

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