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Insurance Act 2015 – update

The Insurance Act 2015 (“the New Act”) comes into force on 12 August 2016. This is the most significant change to insurance legislation since the Marine Insurance Act 1906. The government has described the New Act as “the biggest reform to insurance contract law in more than a century”. The...

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Taking the cream from the fat cats – minority shareholder super powers

It’s common for a group of friends to get together in business, and like a new relationship everything is rosy and no one is thinking about things going wrong or breaking down. For example, a good friend may ask you to chip in a few thousand pounds in return for a...

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Partner Adoption orders explained

With recent figures showing that “blended families” are on the rise, it is not surprising that our Birmingham office is receiving a greater number of enquiries from people wishing to adopt their partner’s child. It is very important to note that if an Adoption Order is granted the person who...

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Battery deal powers ahead

Somerset-based custom battery pack manufacturer Creasefield Limited has been acquired by Solid State Plc in a deal handled by the Taunton office of Clarke Willmott LLP. The entire issued share capital of Creasefield, based in Crewkerne, Somerset, was purchased by Worcestershire-headquartered Solid State, which is AIM listed, in a deal where all sides said the two...

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The bank of Mum and Dad and multi generational households – consideration of the possible pitfalls

A recent study by Aviva has forecast that 3.8 million people aged between 21 and 34 will be living with their parents by 2025, a third more than at the moment. The number of households containing two or more families is also expected to rise from 1.5 million to 2.2...

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How does the Children and Social Work Bill change adoption?

Announced in the Queen’s Speech, the Children and Social Work Bill now awaits its second reading in the House of Lords on 14 June 2016. David Cameron has tweeted that the Bill “will help tip the balance in favour of permanent adoption.” In relation to care and adoption proceedings, the...

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Telecommunications – the fourth utility?

On 17 May 2016 the Government released its long awaited plans for a new Electronic Communications Code which is set to overhaul the current legislation. The intention is to strike “the right balance of interest between site providers, communications providers and, most importantly, the public interest” (Ed Vaizey, Minister of State...

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Planning Changes – and more to come

A Short Guide to the Housing and Planning Act 2016 and What to Expect May, saw a raft of further changes to the planning regime.  As part of the Government’s drive to increase housing provision, The Housing and Planning Act 2016 received Royal Assent on 12 May, closely followed by...

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Domestic Abuse – controlling and coercive behaviour in family relationships

What are the recent changes to the law? Section 76 of the Serious Crime Act 2105 came into effect earlier this year and created a new offence of controlling or coercive behaviour in intimate or family relationships. The offence carries a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment, a fine or...

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A new Lease of Life for Copyright in Functional Items

A host of designs which have been in the public domain for decades will be back in copyright from 28 July 2016. Modernist classics such as the Anglepoise lamp and the Barcelona chair have inspired generations of designers since the 1930s. Now those designers will be wondering uneasily whether “inspiration”...

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