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When does an insurance contract come into effect?
Court concludes contract of insurance can come into effect based on an email exchange, provided the terms can be clearly identified. The issue of when a contract of insurance comes into effect was brought into focus recently with an English High Court judgment handed down last month. In Markel Bermuda v Caesars Entertainment (2021), the
Possession claims and pre-pandemic notice periods
Landlords will be pleased to note that, with effect from 1 October 2021, the period of notice that a landlord must give to the tenant before commencing a claim for possession will revert back to the pre-pandemic notice periods. Please note that the government has retained its emergency powers to impose longer notice periods until 25 March 2022.
Devonshires appoints new Head of Housing Management and Property Litigation
Donna McCarthy is named our new Head of Housing Management and Property Litigation.
The Sutton Trust – fighting for social mobility
Devonshires embark on a Corporate Partnership with The Sutton Trust, a leading organisation in the social mobility space in the UK.
Devonshires’ Debt Recovery team assist small UK business in receiving payment of £130k from their supplier
Devonshires were instructed by a small UK based consultancy company in respect of a debt that had been owed for two years.
Major reinsurance disputes are on the rise post Covid
The coronavirus pandemic has led to more reinsurance disputes needing resolution. With no readily available playbook to direct how such disputes are to be answered, the market is gravitating towards lawyers again.
Declan Molloy –v- BPHA Limited [2021] EWCA Civ 1035 – The Right to Privacy versus the Right to Respect for Family Life
The Court of Appeal last week dismissed an appeal against a suspended custodial sentence made by a resident who had been found to have breached an Injunction which prohibited him using racist, offensive or abusive language or gestures against his neighbour or any member of her family and from intimidating or attempting to intimate the neighbour or member of her family.  The breach was proven via CCTV.
Extension to protection from eviction for businesses
The Government announced on 16 June 2021 that the existing moratorium on forfeiture of leases which was due to expire on 30 June 2021 will be extended until 25 March 2022.
Devonshires Virtual Flower Show Raises £685 and Exceeds Target!
After the success of last years flower show, having raised a total of £265, we had high hopes for the event this year and set an ambitious target of £500.
Five Devonshires Lawyers ranked in 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers UK
We are pleased to have been represented so strongly in this year’s Best Lawyers rankings.
Policyholders benefitting from legal ‘levelling up’
“Levelling up” is a political hot topic at present. However, recent legal and case law developments, starting with the UK’s Insurance Act 2015, have also shown an insurance legal agenda to “level up” policyholders’ interests with those of insurers.
Capital Funding Guide – Government Update in relation to Shared Ownership
The form of shared ownership lease for the 2021-2026 AHP is now with us and there are a number of points to consider in relation to the form for a flat/apartment and a house.