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Nightclub Owner Threatened with Jail for Breaching Music Copyrights

Owners of shops, restaurants, pubs and night spots where recorded music is played to the public tend to place payment of copyright licence fees pretty low down their list of priorities. However, in one case that proved how very unwise that is, a nightclub owner was threatened with jail and hit hard in the pocket. The owner had been the subject of an...

Landlord Sees Off ‘Sham’ Comparable Rent Accusation

Making comparisons between similar properties is the standard means of assessing appropriate levels of rent payable on commercial premises. The practice came under scrutiny by the Court of Appeal as a landlord defeated claims that it had entered into a sham lease at an artificially inflated rent in an attempt to push up its returns on other properties that it...

Rare Planning Condition to Protect Shopping Centre’s Viability Is Valid

Planning permissions can be subject to a wide range of conditions that are designed to minimise harm and maximise public benefit. In a guideline decision, the Court of Appeal confirmed the validity of a very unusual condition that was designed to protect the vitality and viability of a shopping centre. As part of an urban regeneration scheme, a local authority...

Indiscriminate Data Collection Unlawful, Rules EU

A legal challenge to UK Government legislation giving the authorities wide powers to collect and retain data has been upheld by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014, which has been widely described as a ‘snooper’s charter’, requires communications companies to retain information on their...

High Court Casts Eye over Time-Hallowed Standard Shipping Contract

Standard form shipping contracts are the lifeblood of international trade and have often been in common use for many years. However, one High Court case – in which the meaning of a single three-letter word came under close analysis – showed that even their time-hallowed provisions can be the subject of disagreement. The case concerned the charter of a...

Sacked Maritime Armed Guard Has Compensation Hopes Boosted

When losing parties read an Employment Tribunal (ET) decision, fairness demands that it should be clear to them exactly why they have failed. In one case where that did not happen, a maritime armed guard who was sacked after failing to get on with a client won a fresh chance to prove that his dismissal was unfair. The Ex-Royal Marine was employed to provide...