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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.
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.
Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill
It was confirmed in The Queen’s Speech on 11th May that the government will introduce a Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill to ensure that “leaseholders of new, long residential leases cannot be charged a financial ground rent for no tangible service”.
Government announces update in respect of possession notices and evictions
The Government has announced that, from 1 June 2021, notice periods for possession in respect of residential tenancies will change again.
Building Safety Reform – Planning Gateway One
The Government is set to introduce new fire safety requirements into the planning system from 1 August 2021.
Government Consultation: Should it be mandatory for care home staff with older residents to be vaccinated against COVID-19?
On 14 April 2021 the Department for Health and Social Care launched a consultation, ending on Friday 21 May 2021, on whether or not the Government should make it mandatory for staff in care homes caring for older adults to have received their COVID-19 vaccination.
Devonshires creates PI Law Firm following merger
National law firm Devonshires has merged its clinical negligence department with pioneering barrister-led firm PI Law Direct to create Devonshires Claims, a specialist clinical negligence and personal injury practice.
Recent developments concerning ground rents – Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) action
The CMA has written to Countryside and Taylor Wimpey outlining its specific concerns that their use of lease terms that double the ground rent every 10 or 15 years breaks consumer protection law.