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Eventus International and Healys LLP Announce Strategic Partnership Ahead of the Cyprus Gaming Show

11th August 2017 by

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 →

Significant Supreme Court Decision – Employment Tribunal Fees

26th July 2017 by

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 →

From Land Based To Online – Opportunity Or Risk?

24th July 2017 by

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 →

Healys i-Gaming Breakfast Briefing – 15/06/2017

23rd June 2017 by

Online gaming operations by land based casino operators – what are the challenges, opportunities and risks?

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 →

Cybercrime In i-Gaming: How It Occurs And How To Prevent It

13th June 2017 by

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.

Continue reading →

The UK Hospitality Labour Market And Brexit

24th May 2017 by

‘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 →

Landmark Inheritance Case Will Impact Claims On Estates

15th March 2017 by

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 →

Healys Secure £1.08 Million Judgement For Developer Victim Of Property ID Fraud

15th February 2017 by

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 [2016] EWHC 3316 Ch.  Jerome O’Sullivan, a Partner at Healys’ Commercial Litigation department, acted on behalf of the Claimant. Continue reading →

Client Receives £1.5million In Compensation After A Fraudulent Property Transaction

31st January 2017 by

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 →

Hotel Franchising Internationally – The Challenges Of Franchising In The US

26th January 2017 by

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 →

Brexit and Business Presentation January 31st 2017

26th January 2017 by

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.

What topics will the event cover?

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.

What is the current political climate towards immigration?

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.

What impact has the EU referendum had?

Looking at the results of the referendum, we will explore the fallout, and the timeline of the way Brexit may pan out.

What changes will be made to Tier 2 of the points based category?

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.

Changes to the illegal working legislation.

Looking at the new legislation surrounding illegal workers, including fines, and the responsibilities of employers in employing illegal workers.

What changes will be made to employment law?

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

How am I likely to be impacted?

Discussing the changes to legislation which affect employers directly, and things you need to look out for.

What strategy do I need?

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.

Failure To Provide Proper Advice On An Under-Lease Leads To £150,000 Claim

1st January 2017 by

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 →

Liquidation Of Law Firm Causes £200,000 Negligence Claim

1st January 2017 by

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 →

Client’s Career Safeguarded From Negligent Actions Of A Solicitor

1st January 2017 by

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 →

Client Awarded £750,000 After Ex-husband Sells Properties Without Her Knowledge

1st January 2017 by

Our client had a significant property portfolio.  She found out that a number of her properties had been sold without her knowledge under her ex-husbands name.  The properties in question were equally owned by our client and her ex-husband, so no sale should have taken place without her knowledge. Continue reading →

Autumn Statement Comment: Government Announces Plans To Scrap Letting Agency Fees

25th November 2016 by

As part of its strategy to help JAMS (just about managing) people, the Chancellor has announced plans today in the Government’s Autumn Statement that landlords in England and Wales will be banned from charging letting agents’ fees to residential tenants.  No date has been set for the onset of the legislation, but the government hopes this will be “as soon as possible”.  There is already a ban in place in Scotland. Continue reading →

RICS Give A Positive Outlook In A Recent Survey

4th October 2016 by

A survey by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) showed house sales continued to fall in the three months to the end of July, whilst the number of new instructions and buyer enquiries also dropped.  Prices have fallen in London, the West Midlands, East Anglia and the North of England, but surveyors are forecasting that house prices and sales will rebound and increase over the next year. Continue reading →

Top Tips – How To Franchise Your Business

20th September 2016 by

If you are business owner and looking to expand, have you thought about franchising?

Expansion is a risky business, whether by franchising or opening new facilities under your existing structure. You have an established product or service, a proven business model and the drive to take your business to the next level BUT there is no guarantee that the hard work you’ve put in to make your business successful up to now will work on a larger scale. Continue reading →

Taxing Times For People Acquiring UK Residential And Buy To Let Properties

13th September 2016 by

In the last 2-3 years there have been a number of changes to the UK tax rules applying to the purchase of UK properties. The changing tax rules and how they interact gives rise to options and solutions to suit the client and his particular circumstances and requirements. One size does not fit all, and clients should be assisted as far as possible to make the right decisions. Continue reading →

“Top Tips to grow your business”…heard it all before?

6th September 2016 by

The business world is constantly changing, but then again, some things always seem to stay the same…Oh dear…another horrendous cliché…will this article be the same ol’ hackneyed message from another professional advisor?.. well if it ain’t broke don’t fix it – right?

Let’s take a look at some of our favourite old business clichés and see if it’s possible for a professional advisor to get away from trite business truisms and add something fresh and useful to put you ahead of the curveContinue reading →

EEA nationals and their family members should take immediate steps to protect their status in the UK

12th August 2016 by

The results of the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union on 23 June 2016 and the apparent lack of government plans on how to proceed following this vote has created enormous levels of uncertainty, not least for EU nationals living in the UK and British citizens at home and abroad worried about the future. Continue reading →

Brand Protection In Franchising – Ignore At Your Peril

21st June 2016 by

By David Schollenberger, Partner and Head of IT/IP Healys solicitors

Starting and operating a franchise network without adequate brand protection is like unprotected sex.  Well maybe not quite as enjoyable- but it is reckless and involves taking risks that could be avoidable and could prove catastrophic to the franchisor’s business. Continue reading →

Hotel Franchising In The UK

21st June 2016 by

By David Schollenberger, Partner, Head of Gaming, Hotels and Leisure, Healys LLP

Many international  hotel management and franchising companies and well as franchisees and investors have focused their attention, development efforts and investments in Asia and the US over the past several years. The UK and Europe have seen  less focus and expansion in the UK. This may be currently changing with prevailing market conditions.

According to a recent article in the Economist, last year saw hotel occupancy rates reach their highest in a decade in the UK. A building boom in hotels is underway to try to keep up with demand but there is still no sign of over capacity. Continue reading →

Gambling (Licensing And Advertising) Act – Experience To Date – Summary

10th June 2016 by

Healys LLP continued its series of i-Gaming seminars on Thursday 02 June on the topic “Gambling (Licensing And Advertising) Act – Experience To Date”.

The Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act, enacted in 2014 (“Act”) requires all UK facing gambling operators, wherever located, to obtain a licence from the UK Gambling Commission gambling operators.

How many licenses have been applied for since enactment of the Act?
What has the experience been for operators applying for UK licenses since the enactment of this Act?
Has it brought back offshore operators en masse?
What are the positives and negatives for operators, the UK Government and the users of online gaming services in the UK?
How has it affected Alderney, Gibraltar, Malta and the Isle of Man?
What are the key issues that need to be addressed to make the Act successful?

Our panel of experts will discuss and evaluate these issues and how it will affect your business:

Moderator:  Michael Caselli, Publisher, i-Gaming Business

Panellists:

Neil McArthur, General Counsel, Gambling Commission
David Schollenberger, Partner and Head of Gaming Team, Healys LLP
Clive Hawkswood, CEO, Remote Gambling Association
Micky Swindale, Head of Advisory, KPMG, Isle of Man and Gibraltar
Graham Martin, Director, Catalyst Gaming
Peter Greenhill, Head of e-business and e-gaming, Equiom Group

Neil McArthur, General Counsel of the Gambling Commission emphasised that the change to point of consumption regulation and taxation in addition to providing greater consumer protection, levels the playing field between UK and offshore based UK facing online operators. Clive Hawkswood of the Remote Gambling Commission was not convinced of the need for the change from point of supply regulation and taxation, then and now. The economic proposition has changed and a number of online bookmakers formerly located in Isle of Man and Alderney have left over the past couple years although Gibraltar remains buoyant.  Graham Martin, a bookmaker by background involved with a number of online betting businesses said that he just got on with it and welcomes the mergers and acquisitions arising from it.

For those of you who missed the session, it was recorded and you can view it below. We look forward to seeing you at the next i-Gaming Breakfast Briefing, which is scheduled for Thursday, 8 September 2016 at 8.30 am.

Will 3% Ruin The Property Market?

21st April 2016 by

If you were unaware, the Government imposed Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) changes on anyone buying a second home.  As of 1st April 2016, the SDLT rate on purchasing/investing in a second property has increased. For example, before 1st April 2016, if you were investing in a property with the value of over £250,001 you would have to pay an SDLT rate of 5%, after the 1st April 2016 the rate rises to 8%.  To put this in perspective, the average house price in Brighton is £352,037, you would pay £17,851.85 before the 1st April 2016.  Continue reading →

Healys to attend MIPIM 2016

5th February 2016 by

Healys is pleased to announce that they are attending MIPIM Cannes 2016 from 15 – 18 March.

We have been attending the real estate event for a number of years and are looking forward to the networking and business opportunities at this year’s event.

Representing Healys will be three of our Partners;

If you would like to schedule a meeting with one of the team during the event, please contact Raana Malik on 020 7822 4187 or email Raana.Malik@healys.com.

Case Study Three: Sale of the controlling interest of a company

30th January 2016 by

Healys LLP were instructed by the shareholders of a company to advise them on the sale of the controlling interest of the company. The owners of the company had built the company over a period of 8 years and it meant a great deal to them to retain an element of influence over the company going forward. A bespoke and detailed shareholders’ agreement was negotiated to govern the relationship of the parties after the sale. Continue reading →

Case Study One: Business Sale

30th January 2016 by

Healys LLP were instructed to complete a sale of a company by Cheetah Management Services LDA (Cheetah) acting as agents for the seller to prepare and agree; the Heads of Terms and the Share Purchase Agreement; deal with enquiries regarding the company and the properties held by the company; exchange contracts and complete the share transfer. Continue reading →

Case Study Five: Witness Protection Refugee

27th January 2016 by

In this unusual case, our client, a Sri Lankan refugee, sought our advice when his application to extend his and his family’s leave in the UK was denied by the Home Office.

Ten years previously, having given crucial evidence in a case that resulted in a conviction of the defendants, he was placed on a witness protection programme and granted refugee status in the UK. Continue reading →

Case Study Four: The Wife of a Political Refugee

27th January 2016 by

In this complex case, our client, a female Ukraine national, sought our help to remain in the UK with her husband and daughter.

Twenty years prior to the case, our client had divorced her husband in Ukraine. After the break up of the marriage, her ex-husband fled the country in fear that his life was in danger due to his political beliefs. Continue reading →

Case Study Three: A Marriage Disputed To Be Genuine

27th January 2016 by

In this immigration case, our client, an Egyptian national, approached us seeking assistance in gaining permission to live alongside his British wife in the UK.

Our client had met his wife, who was significantly older than him, whilst she was on holiday in Egypt. They began a relationship and later married in Egypt, the country where they had met. Continue reading →

Case Study Two: Seeking Asylum

27th January 2016 by

In this important human rights case, our client, a male Pakistani national, came to us highly concerned about his right to live without persecution. He had entered the UK legally with his male partner, also from Pakistan, as students. After living in the UK for two years he required our legal assistance, due to pressure from his family to return to live in Pakistan, in order to marry his cousin. Faced with the threat of an unwanted marriage and humiliation from his family on account of his homosexuality, he required our help to remain in the UK. Continue reading →

Case Study One: The Right to Respect for Family life

27th January 2016 by

In this immigration case, our client, a retail worker, sought our assistance when he and his family came under the threat of deportation from the UK. Our client and his wife, both from Pakistan, had entered the UK illegally years previously and had since built a home and family life together, with the birth of their child.

After a considerable period of time spent living and working in the UK, our client came to the attention of the Home Office whilst working in a retail store and was arrested and detained under Section 10 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. This states the provisions under which people who are in the UK unlawfully may be subjected to administrative removal procedures. Continue reading →

Case Study Twenty: Jonathan Austen-Jones – X – v – the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

21st January 2016 by

Jonathan Austen-Jones acted on behalf of the applicant in this case who was the subject of sexual abuse at the hands of his step-father between the ages of about 5 and 7.

An initial application for compensation pursuant to the 1990 Scheme was made in 1992 and in June 1996 he was awarded £10,000.00 in respect of the abuse he had suffered. This award was clearly too low and it appears that no psychiatric evidence was before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). Continue reading →

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Case Study Nineteen: Jonathan Austen-Jones – Miss TH – v – Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust

21st January 2016 by

Jonathan Austen-Jones acted on behalf of the claimant in her claim for damages for clinical negligence. The claim arose from the tragic loss of her baby’s life as a consequence of the failure of the Defendant Trust, appreciating that baby B had a Group B streptococcus infection at his birth on the night of the 1st January 2009, resulting in baby B’s death at 00.55 hours on the 3rd January 2009. Continue reading →

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Case Study Seventeen: Dino Skinner – Child receives payment for loss of provider

21st January 2016 by

Fatal accident claim involving the death of a young student aged 18, who had been riding a motorcycle when he was hit by a third party vehicle. At the time of the incident, the deceased’s girlfriend was pregnant. She gave birth to a baby girl six months following the deceased’s death. A claim for loss of dependency was made on behalf of the deceased’s daughter. Although the deceased had not commenced work and was still studying, evidence was obtained to establish a likely career path and income projection if he had survived. Continue reading →

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Case Study Fourteen: Paul Keown – Woman receives six figure compensation after collision with a car

21st January 2016 by

Healys Solicitors’ specialised Personal Injury Team has helped a woman receive compensation after she suffered a head injury from being stuck by a car.

In November 2013 our client was walking along a country lane when she was suddenly struck by a car. She was taking to the local hospital where she was treated for injuries to her leg and head. Continue reading →

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Case Study Thirteen: Paul Keown – Factory worker receives significant six figure settlement

21st January 2016 by

Healys LLP’s specialised work place accident team has helped a factory worker claim compensation after he suffered severe injuries to his right hand.

In December 2012 our client Mr P was employed as factory worker. Mr P was working in a production line where he operated heavy machinery. Unfortunately, while operating the machinery, Mr P had an accident which resulted in the amputation of all of his fingers on right hand. Continue reading →

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Case Study Twelve: Paul Keown – Motorcyclist gets the compensation he deserves

21st January 2016 by

Healys Solicitors’ specialist personal injury team has helped a man get the right compensation after he was involved in a motorbike accident.

Mr T was involved in accident while riding his motorbike which caused a severe injury to his right shoulder.  Initially Mr T was dealing with a different firm of solicitors but was not happy with the service or level of expected compensation. Continue reading →

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Case Study Eleven: Dino Skinner – Man involved in accident with a bungee claims compensation

21st January 2016 by

Healys Solicitors’ specialised personal injury team has helped a man claim compensation after he was injured at his local fairground.

Mr J was spending a Saturday afternoon with his family at the local fairground.  He decided to have a go on the bungee jump ride.  Unfortunately as Mr J was being lifted to the point where he would jump off the wench failed which caused Mr J to fall to the ground. Continue reading →

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Case Study Ten: Andrew Cleary – Six figure reward for mesothelioma sufferer’s family

21st January 2016 by

Healys Solicitors specialised personal injury team has helped the family of carpenter claim compensation after he was diagnosed with Malignant Mesothelioma as a result of being exposed to Asbestos.

Our client was working for a company during the period 1962 to 1972.  Over the course of his employment he was exposed to asbestos and was never instructed to wear safety equipment.

Our client in later life was diagnosed with Malignant Mesothelioma which caused him to suffer from increased pain and decreased debility, loss and damage from which he died prematurely on 14 June 2012. Continue reading →

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