In the case of Director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) v Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) at the Court of Appeal, the Law Society is intervening in defence of professional privilege. Continue reading →
In the case of Director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) v Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) at the Court of Appeal, the Law Society is intervening in defence of professional privilege. Continue reading →
A recent case on the difficult area of proprietary estoppel demonstrates that when it comes to who will inherit your estate, you may not be able to change your mind if the potential beneficiary has already relied on the promise. Continue reading →
It is a common misconception that Initial Coin Offerings (“ICOs”) are an unregulated way for companies, in particular early stage companies, to raise finance for their projects. Avoiding the traditional and often ill-desired routes to financing, such as taking on demanding, control obsessed venture capital partners, they are seen as a quicker and less costly option, a mistaken belief that is propagated by the tech corporate finance press’s portrayal of an ICO as a sure fire way to attract investment for your start up. Continue reading →
The Council of Minsters has decided on Monday to limit the number of naturalisations of investors granted under the citizenship by investment scheme to 700 a year. The new rules will come into effect this year. Continue reading →
David Schollenberger, Partner and head of Gaming, Hotels and Leisure at Healys LLP, is to act as Chairman of the 2nd annual Cyprus Gaming Show. In his role as Chairman he will give an opening address at the start of the show and will introduce the various panels and events scheduled for this year’s 2 day agenda. He will also be moderating a panel discussion on the progress and development of the Integrated Casino Resort as well as taking part in a discussion about the possible benefits and disruptions caused by the Integrated Casino Resort to the Cyprus Hotel Industry. Continue reading →
Solicitors, and their insurers, dealing with property transactions should look closely at their due diligence procedures following a landmark ruling on liabilities this week from the Court of Appeal. It is clearly good news for buyers who are victims of identity fraud. Continue reading →
The Mortgage Awards, from MoneyAge, acknowledge and reward outstanding achievement in the UK mortgage space. Judged by high-profile industry representatives, the announcement was made at a gala event at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London on May 10th. Continue reading →
Last week Mr Justice Green, a senior High Court judge, handed down a judgement in which he condemned immigration law firms who resort to litigation as a strategy to thwart removal proceedings for immigrants illegally in the UK, regardless of any merit to their case. Mr Justice Green said that: Continue reading →
Healys is delighted to announce the launch of our new Capital Markets service, and the appointment of 2 new Partners.
Andrew Williamson and Nils Reid join our London office to lead our Capital Markets department. Both accomplished corporate lawyers with a wealth of experience in capital markets, Andrew and Nils are established dealmakers and bring considerable expertise to the firm. Continue reading →
David Schollenberger, Partner and head of Gaming, Hotels and Leisure at Healys LLP, will be moderating a panel discussion on the progress and development of the Integrated Casino Resort, as well as taking part in a discussion about the possible benefits and disruptions caused by the Integrated Casino Resort to the Cyprus Hotel Industry. Continue reading →
Marketing affiliates provide invaluable services to online gaming and betting companies in supplying marketing services and directing customers to operator websites. They do not typically hold customer funds, nor do they operate and provide games of chance and betting services to customers directly. Rather they advertise operator’s services and act as a liason between customers and operators and drive traffic to operator’s gambling services business. As such, their activities are similar in some ways to the services junket operators provide to land based casinos. Junket operators now require licensing in many gaming jurisdictions and are unfortunately tainted with a history of association with organised crime. Continue reading →
In a development that might best be described as better late than never (even if it is more than 40 years late), the Home Office have published a guidance document to help the Windrush generation to regularise their immigration status in the UK. In it, the Home Office give the following advice: Continue reading →
Under current data protection laws, every individual in the UK (whether legally or illegally resident in the UK) has the right to request a copy of the data held by the Home Office on them. To obtain a copy of that data, a person can make a “Subject Access Request” (SAR) to the Home Office and pay a fee of £10. Continue reading →
On my first ever trip to Thorpe Park with my son (who was 8 years old at that time), it soon dawned on us that the we would only get to go on 3-4 of the popular rides during the whole day, as the queues for them were very long. Continue reading →
Yesterday, just as my wife and I were about to tuck into a delicious Sunday roast at “The Anglers” pub adjacent to Teddington Lock, I received a call from LBC asking me to be a guest on the Andrew Castle show to comment on that morning’s Guardian article, in which they say that there are calls for the Home Secretary to resign over the “Windrush Generation” scandal. Continue reading →
Head of Immigration, Ivon Sampson, comments on the warning from the Law Society, recently reported on the BBC, of ‘Serious Flaws’ in the UK immigration system. You can read the article here. Continue reading →
Financing for i-Gaming businesses is one of the most important considerations for successful operation and growth. What forms of financing are available to i-Gaming companies from start-ups to multinationals? Are banks interested in financing early stage i-Gaming companies? What are the best sources to find venture capital, angel investors and debt financing? What are the costs and advantages and disadvantages of different types of financing? Is the market for obtaining financing currently more difficult than previous years? Has Brexit had an effect on funding? What do investors look for operationally and structurally in i-gaming companies?. What legal issues are faced in financing i-Gaming businesses, both for investors and companies? Continue reading →
Buying or selling a home can be stressful, which is why the next most important decision to make is who should represent your legal interests. A Solicitor or Licensed Conveyancer will both be qualified and able to smooth the journey to completion: but how they work and what they charge can vary. Continue reading →
Members of Healys Lauren Fitzgerald and Jack Wingrove, taking part in the Brighton2Brussels Charity Cycle Ride in aid of the Mayor’s Charities will attempt a new record by cycling the first mile of their journey in the sky. Continue reading →
In what could be the largest ever equal pay challenge in UK history, legal proceedings have begun against retail giant Tesco. Up to 200,000 shop floor staff could be affected by the claim, which has the potential to cost Tesco up to £20,000 per worker in back pay over at least 6 years. If successful, the final compensation bill could be as much as £4bn. Continue reading →
David Bailey, Partner in the Dispute Resolution team, discusses the question in the Times Newspaper.
Mediation is generally a cost-effective alternative way to secure dispute resolution. These days, typically in commercial cases, parties arrive legally tooled up with a full set of solicitors, barristers and experts, much as they would for a trial, and act accordingly. Continue reading →
Is now the right time to invest in hotels in continental Europe? Are continental investments currently preferable to the UK? Where are the current hot spots? What are the risks? What types of financing are available? What do banks look for operationally in a hotel company in providing finance? Continue reading →
The stalling property market has led some frustrated sellers to set up online raffles to sell their homes, but David Schollenberger of Healys says they must make sure they don’t fall foul of the Gambling Commission. Continue reading →
A man who forged a will and brought proceedings in the High Court to have the forgery recognised as a true will has been committed to a year in prison for contempt of court. The witnesses to the forged will who also gave false evidence in the claim each received 3 month suspended sentences. Continue reading →
There has been a great deal of uncertainty and animosity between the UK and the EU since the referendum of 2016 and the implementation of Article 50 in March 2017. It is not clear what kind of relationship the UK will have with the EU in the wake of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, or what form a post-EU arrangement will take. There are however several likely implications for EU nationals in the event of a hard or soft Brexit: Continue reading →
In 2016 the Employment Tribunal decided that Uber drivers were entitled to workers’ rights, such as holiday pay, paid rest breaks and the minimum wage.
Uber appealed to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT), arguing its drivers were self-employed and under no obligation to use its booking app. Continue reading →
The government today has published a new document which sets the rights of EU Citizens post Brexit. It appears to be aimed at smoothing the path to open talks on trade with the EU Brexit negotiating team rather than reassuring EU citizens in the UK. Continue reading →
Mr Aleksic was born in Montenegro but had lived in the UK since shortly after the Second World War and died a British citizen. He worked very hard throughout his lifetime and acquired an estate of over £2 million. Unfortunately however Mr Aleksic’s English was by no means perfect and his home-made Will included many misspelt words, faulty grammar and misplaced punctuation which needed to be interpreted by the High Court. Continue reading →
The judgment in Owens v Owens  EWCA Civ 182 has left family law solicitors wondering whether their clients will be successful proving that their spouse’s behaviour is unreasonable enough for the Court to grant them a divorce. Continue reading →
After another great year, Healys LLP, a leading law firm, with offices in London and Brighton held an informal Autumn drinks reception to thank many of their long standing clients and supporters. Continue reading →
Date: 30th November 2017
Time: 8:30 – 10:30
Venue: Healys LLP, Artium Court, 15-17 Jockeys Fields, London, WC1R 4QR
The Republic of Cyprus is embarking on a new era of becoming one of the hubs for gaming in Europe. Melco International will be developing and operating the largest casino and the only true integrated casino resort in Europe. Online sports betting licences are now available in addition to land based sports betting licences. Continue reading →
Compared to other European jurisdictions, Cyprus has been relatively slow to legalise land based gaming and launch online sports betting. But now that it has begun to open up its gambling market, David Schollenberger of Healys sees great potential ahead for the country. Continue reading →
No, is the short answer. It is a long standing myth that cohabiting couples have the same rights financially as married couples, this is not the case. Although in very few circumstances, as a cohabitee, you may have some rights financially, this is not guaranteed. Continue reading →
Healys LLP have again achieved a top tier ranking in the Legal 500. This year a team 12 lawyers have been accredited as specialists within their sectors. The Legal 500 directory provides the most comprehensive worldwide coverage on legal services providers, in over 100 countries. Continue reading →
The present legislative programme of reforms regarding the taxation of non-domiciled individuals and their offshore structures was hurriedly interrupted in April 2017 when the General Election was announced. The Finance Bill then published dropped a number of measures from the agenda, including all the provisions relating to the regime which was proposed to apply to the non-domiciled persons. Continue reading →
The first Cyprus Gaming Show took place at the Hilton Cyprus on 20th and 21st September 2017. It was well attended with over 150 registered delegates, speakers and sponsors. Healys LLP was a strategic advisor to the Conference. Continue reading →
An important case (Sleiman (deprivation of citizenship; conduct)  UKUT 367 (IAC)) has come before the Upper Tribunal this month which has given the correct interpretation on section 40(3) of the British Nationality Act 1981 and Chapter 55 of the Home Office Nationality Instructions. The tribunal considered the question of how directly causative past deception must be of a subsequent grant of British citizenship in order for a person to be deprived of that citizenship on the basis of deception. Continue reading →
There is a lot of talk about fraud these days and rightly so. It is expensive, damages businesses, can have lasting emotional effects and we are all victims in one way or another. Continue reading →
When I have been faced with the prospect of a case not going our way, I have advised clients that they should consider withdrawing an appeal and reapplying rather than having a negative decision that could be adverse to the client in future applications. This is even more so where the court casts doubts about the credibility of the appellant, documentary evidence or witnesses that support the appellant’s case. Continue reading →
A case highlighted back in June was the court of Appeal decision in Harrison v University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trusts  EWCA Civ 792 which confirmed the principles established in the Merrix case regarding the inter-relationship between budgets and detailed assessment. In short… Continue reading →
A recent report by the IOD and BLM law states that negligence claims against property solicitors are continuing to rise, as the issue of leasehold ground rents comes into public view. These claims have arisen from purchasers of leasehold properties who have sought to recover compensation for ground rent charges, which they claim that they were never informed of. Continue reading →
The Commercial Litigation Department at Healys has won the Acquisition International Excellence Awards Best for Commercial Litigation 2017 – London and been shortlisted for the Lawyers Monthly Legal Awards Commercial Litigation Law Firm of The Year. Continue reading →
In an age when we are living longer, but not necessarily healthier, nominating a trustworthy person to make decisions for us in the event of mental incapacity is sensible life planning. Continue reading →
Perhaps not surprisingly, there have been a plethora of authorities in relation to costs and recoveries and that continues apace.
In Jordan v MGM Limited  EWHC 1937 (Ch), the claimant was (“rightly”) penalised by the very late acceptance of a Part 36 offer. The offer had been made over two and half years previously and it was accepted just before trial. As a consequence, the Claimant was ordered to pay the Defendant’s costs (and on an indemnity basis) from the date of expiry of the relevant period under the Part 36 offer.
In a similar case of Briggs v CEF Holdings Ltd (2017) CA (Civ Div), the defendant appealed to the Court of Appeal in respect of the first instance district judge’s order on costs. The Court of Appeal overturned the district judge’s ruling and found for the defendant on costs on the Part 36 issue.
There has been much focus on ensuring that my team manage Part 36 offers properly in order to ensure that they know which ones are open and hence which ones might (depending on developments within the case) need to be withdrawn or increased/decreased. Of course, the other side of the coin is ensuring that you consider a Part 36 offer that is made by the other party carefully (and then advising the client accordingly) in order to determine whether it should be accepted or, if not, ensuring that the client is fully aware of the possible consequences. I can easily see how failure to deal with such matters properly could lead to a claim against the solicitor.
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The rules of financial requirements of sponsors has recently been changed by the Home Office. This was as a result of the Supreme Court’s judgement in MM (Lebanon) & Others which was given on 22 February 2017. This decision challenged the Minimum Income Requirements under Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules on the grounds that they breached Article 8 of the ECHR. Continue reading →
The UK has again bounced back as confidence rises in investment with an increase in the number of Tier 1 Investor Visa applications for the UK which totalled 85 for the first quarter of 2017. The turnaround started in the last quarter of 2016 and is continuing into this year. Continue reading →
Eventus International, the global events and exhibitions company responsible for bringing forward-thinking events to the gambling and gaming industry, today announced a strategic partnership with Healys LLP to develop and support the Cyprus Gaming Show (CGS 2017). The partnership will combine Eventus International’s event expertise and reach with Healys’ extensive experience on regulatory and compliance issues for both online and land-based gaming. Healys is part of the team of consultants supporting the Cyprus government on the Integrated Casino Resort Project, assigned the role of the legal advisor. Continue reading →
The communities secretary, Sajid Javid, has announced proposals to make leasehold fairer. It is proposed that selling houses on a leasehold basis will be banned altogether, and the ground rent for new leasehold flats will be set at a peppercorn. Continue reading →
The Supreme Court has allowed the appeal by Unison and ruled the government was acting unlawfully and unconstitutionally in 2013 when it introduced fees of up to £1,200 to reduce the number of malicious and weak cases brought by Claimants. This is a significant decision in light of the 79% reduction in cases over three years (understood to be linked to the introduction of fees). Continue reading →
On the face of it bricks and mortar casinos might seem the obvious candidates for setting up successful online gambling operations, but historically their efforts have been a bit hit and miss. David Schollenberger of Healys explains why they’ve yet to make a big impact in i-gaming and ponders whether this may change in future. Continue reading →
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced measures to tackle fraudulent sickness claims. Fraudulent claims of food poisoning by holidaymakers which are false or exaggerated claims, could result in British tourists paying higher package holiday prices. Continue reading →
Jerome O’Sullivan, a Partner specialising in Construction Dispute Resolution, recently successfully concluded a complex construction dispute in the Mayor’s & City of London Court. Continue reading →
Land based casino operators have had varying attitudes and approaches to online gaming. Some see it as potential cannibalisation and some view it as a massive opportunity. Various forays by land based operators into i-gaming have had mixed success. Continue reading →
The ‘fair and serious offer’ for anxious EU nationals living in the UK from Prime Minister Theresa May is neither and presents nothing new. Furthermore, it will leave many with the same uncertainty as they currently face. Continue reading →
It has been reported in the Guardian today that after the dinner of EU leaders which takes place tonight in Brussels, Theresa May will set out the principles of the Government’s negotiating position on the future rights of EU nationals living in the UK. Continue reading →
The case of Julie Sharp and her ex-husband Robin Sharp was widely reported in the news on 14 June 2017. This case related to a short marriage of six years in duration, with the parties having no children together. Continue reading →
R (on the application of Kiarie) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) R (on the application of Byndloss) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent)  UKSC 42 Continue reading →
With the growing threat of cyber crime, how can i-Gaming companies protect themselves and their customers? Prevention and technology tools are key, writes David Schollenberger of Healys LLP.
Cyber crime is currently one of the biggest concerns of i-gaming operators, regulators and customers alike. As the business of online gaming has grown, internet fraud, theft and attacks have followed.
‘Brexit’, that fateful decision that will ultimately lead to the withdrawal of the UK from the EU has significant consequences for the UK labour market, not least within the Hospitality Sector. This is true for both employers and employees and specifically because so many of our laws relating to the labour market/employment derive from Europe. Continue reading →
On Wednesday 26 April 2017, Healys’ Private Wealth team presented an update on all the changes that have been implemented or planned for 2017 that affect the protection of wealth to a private audience consisting of a number of professionals.
On 17 March, an investigation of 3 meatpacking units/plants in the Brazilian southern state of Paraná sent the world’s food industry on alert: are all meats from Brazil tainted? Continue reading →
BPE solicitors v Hughes Holland (in substitution for Gabriel)
After 20 years, the Supreme Court tells us what many thought – the Steggles Palmer/Colin Bishop distinction is wrong – the big question is where next? Continue reading →
The Supreme Court has today handed down judgment in the case of Ilott -v- Mitson, the first time that the highest court in the land has considered claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. The court has overturned the Court of Appeal’s decision in the case, making some important points on how the courts should apply the 1975 Act. Continue reading →
The last revision of the discount rate was undertaken on 25th June 2001, when it was set at 2.5%. From 20th March 2017, the rate drops from 2.5% to minus 0.75%. It is a change of 3.25 percentage points. Continue reading →
Mr David Railton QC, sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Chancery Division, recently handed down a judgment of widespread significance to the solicitors’ profession in Dreamvar UK Limited v (1) Mishcon de Reya (2) Mary Monson Solicitors Limited  EWHC 3316 Ch. Jerome O’Sullivan, a Partner at Healys’ Commercial Litigation department, acted on behalf of the Claimant. Continue reading →
Our client, a property developer was in the process of obtaining a property. The case involved two law firms that acted for the buyer & seller. After the transaction was complete, the client discovered that the seller had committed identity fraud and lost a considerable amount of money. Issues included breach of warranty of authority and breach of trust on the part of the solicitors who acted on behalf of the fraudster; the scope of the duty of care of the firm acting on behalf of our clients and whether the clients’ consequential loss of profit was recoverable at law. Continue reading →
Our client divorced with his wife and asked his former solicitors to take on his case. After completing procedures, he realised that the law firm had not protected his interests & assets. Continue reading →
Our client’s claim arose out of the failings of her former solicitors to deal with her divorce. This included the dissipation of assets held by the husband in Hong Kong by way of freezing orders. The claim focused on conflicting evidence between the client and husbands solicitor. Continue reading →
Our client had a previous claim with another law firm in relation to his property being undervalued when sold. Unfortunately our client received poor advice from the previous law firm which resulted in him loosing the initial claim against the mortgagee and valuer. Continue reading →
Franchising is one of the quickest, most cost efficient and widely accepted means of expanding a hotel brand globally. If a brand is strong, the hotel design and services attractive and the delivery of reservations robust, there should be a substantial demand from franchisees for franchises outside the home country of the franchisor and abundant hotel guests wanting to stay at those franchised hotels. Continue reading →
Following the UK’s decision to leave the EU after over 43 years of membership, there are plenty of questions and uncertainties surrounding the future both of current employees, and the employment of overseas workers. In a world of continued globalisation, we understand the necessity of having a network of employees, both local and overseas, in order to help your business to thrive and expand. Our presentation will look to answer any legal questions you may have surrounding the employment of overseas workers, and provide you with any assistance you may need.
The presentation will cover a range of the most common questions businesses and employees have over the future of employment law in the UK, as well as the considerations you, as an employer, need to make following Brexit.
We will look at the views of the public towards immigration, as well as the stance the government is looking to take, discussing the impacts and likelihoods that these attitudes are likely to present, as well as looking at a range of proposed policy changes surrounding employment law.
Looking at the results of the referendum, we will explore the fallout, and the timeline of the way Brexit may pan out.
We will discuss the new points and weightings which will be given to workers in rCoS requests, as well as increased costs of sponsoring overseas workers.
Looking at the new legislation surrounding illegal workers, including fines, and the responsibilities of employers in employing illegal workers.
In organising a new trade agreement with a 27-member organisation, what discussions will be made, and what model of trading are we likely to take on board? We will also take a look at the relationship between the European Court of Justice and the UK courts
Discussing the changes to legislation which affect employers directly, and things you need to look out for.
Looking at ways to protect your business, and how companies have already started making changes in employment strategies.
If you are interested in finding out more about any of the topics which will be covered in the presentation, or have any comments or questions, please contact us about coming along to our event on the 31st January.
Our client needed advice regarding an Under-Lease, and so they approached a firm about their issue. However, our client soon realised that the firm had given incorrect advice. He decided to contact Healys in order to make a claim against the law firm for failure to advise properly in relation to the purchase of an under-lease, the terms of that under lease, the status of the head lessee and rental payment terms. Continue reading →
Our client decided to make a claim against their former solicitor in respect of the failure to advise properly with regard to rights of appointment of LPA Receivers leading to the adoption of the wrong strategy, appointment of receivers and subsequent losses. Continue reading →
Our client instructed a firm of solicitors to deal with a claim in regard to his former employer. He was unfortunately unaware that the firm he instructed was in financial difficulty. Subsequently the firm went into liquidation. This lead to the solicitor dealing with the case to be negligent towards our client’s case. Continue reading →
The client’s wife was involved in an RTA which led to a claim on the client’s insurance. The insurer instructed a solicitor in the client’s name to commence proceedings to recover the insurer’s losses from the other party involved in the RTA. The solicitor negligently allowed a judgement in default to be entered on a counterclaim against our client. Continue reading →