The days of poison pen letters may be in the past but the tendency of some individuals to publish offensive comments about others is “alive and well” and, indeed, has increased significantly; being one of the unintended consequences of the rise of online social media. Unfortunately, however, our laws struggle to keep up with the rate of change.
As we prepare to descend on the shops to take advantage of the autumn sales, it is worthwhile going armed with a little knowledge of our consumer rights. [Partner’s Name], a partner in local law firm [firm’s name] said, “Studies have shown that almost half of the population do not know their consumer rights and almost a third of us lose money through not understanding what we are entitled to”.
In an interesting Irish case which may have significant implications for the UK, the European Court of Justice recently recommended that handwritten exam scripts should be considered personal data under EU legislation. [Partner’s Name], a partner in local law firm [firm’s name] said, “ECJ recommendations invariably become EU law and then become relevant to all EU states, including, for the moment, the UK”.
By now, you’ll undoubtedly be aware of HMRC’s ‘Making Tax Digital’ (MTD) project. The aim of the project is to modernise the entire tax system by requiring all businesses to manage every element of their tax affairs online by 2020.
Disputes over ownership of strips of land between two properties are all too common, and usually arise from a mis-drawn boundary map. However, a recent case in the Appeal Court resulted in the apparently farcical decision that two neighbours each possessed a valid registered title to the same strip of land 4 metres long by 2 metres wide. But, Rob Stubbs, Head of Dispute Resolution says “Although this sounds crazy, the decision actually enabled the position to be tidied up rather neatly.”