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The post-pandemic hybrid workplace and increased cyber risks

20 Jul 2021
The pandemic has marked a turning point in cybersecurity and law firms are a significant and growing target of cybercriminals. With many firms adopting a new permanent "hybrid" working system we consider the risks, how PII policies might respond to a cyber claim and what changes may lie ahead.
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Murky waters: record £90 million fine for dumping sewage

19 Jul 2021
A record £90 million fine has been imposed on Southern Water after pleading guilty to over 6000 illegal discharges of sewage and 51 breaches of environmental law. The illegal discharges occurred between 2010 and 2015 (over multiple sites), a total of 61,704 hours. To give this some context, this is the equivalent of 7 years continuous illegal discharge. This follows a fine of £2 million imposed on Southern Water in 2016 in relation to the pollution of beaches in Kent with untreated sewage. 
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Unlocking England: can you continue to enforce mask wearing?

06 Jul 2021
The Government has recently announced that, if COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed as planned on 19 July, there will be no requirement to wear a mask in any setting in England. Instead they say businesses who choose to enforce mask wearing would need to take advice on their responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010. So what are those responsibilities and what can businesses do if they want customers and service users to continue to wear masks?
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SAAMCo regenerated… (again)

28 Jun 2021
Has there ever been a principle talked, written and argued about amongst Judges and practitioners alike since the House of Lords decision over 25 years ago? Following our article in September 2020 addressing the Court of Appeal's application of the SAAMCo principle in AssetCo v Grant Thornton, the Supreme Court judges have recently had even more to say regarding the application of SAAMCo in professional negligence cases. 
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Assessment of interim rent under Landlord and Tenant Act 1954

22 Jun 2021
The County Court has just given judgment on the renewal terms of S Franses' lease at 80 Jermyn Street, London. It will be recalled that, before the pandemic, S Franses defeated its landlord's opposition to renewal under ground (f) of the 1954 Act, in high profile litigation before the Supreme Court. 

Building safety - the story so far

16 Jun 2021
Changes to building safety aren't just about cladding. They're about creating a thread of responsibility for safety throughout a building's life. This guide is a comprehensive overview of building safety and the story so far.