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Natasha Moffett
The Digital Economy Act 2017 received royal assent in April 2017 and came into force on the 28th December 2017. The Act is designed to help implement government objectives to promote Britain as Europe’s most advanced digital nation. Provisions within the Act have reformed the Electronic Communications Code which was first drafted in 1984. The Code was implemented to confer statutory rights to Telecommunication Operators under agreements made with Landowners. Despite it being amended in 2003, it has become increasingly outdated due to rapid technological advances. This has prompted the government to extend the rights of Operators so that communications services can be implemented where they are needed. Landowners should be aware of the following: - Agreements between ...
Catriona McCorry
We have previously discussed the issues and pitfalls facing the legal profession when dealing with a Litigant in Person (LiP) opponent i.e. someone who is unrepresented in legal proceedings. The following is an update on current case law and an interesting study presently underway at University of Ulster. Barton v Wright Hassall LLP [2018] UKSC 12 In this recent House of Lords decision, the issue to be determined was whether the Court of Appeal had erred in upholding the judgment of the lower court that there was no good reason to validate service of proceedings under the Civil Procedure Rules, CPR 6.15. The Judges also considered whether the Court of Appeal’s reasoning breached the appellant’s ECHR rights under Article 6 and 13. The LiP had served proceedings by email only on ...
Oonagh Murdock
As part of the ASK – A Solicitor Knows initiative, The Law Society of Northern Ireland has launched a new social media campaign highlighting some of the legal services offered by solicitors in Northern Ireland. In support of that, Oonagh Murdock from McKinty and Wright’s Property and Commercial Department details the main points of interest on the Stamp Duty Relief introduced in the Autumn Budget. The Chancellor announced a new Stamp Duty Relief for First Time Buyers in his recent Autumn Statement. This relief applies from the 22nd November 2017 in Northern Ireland, England and Wales and means that: - First Time Buyers purchasing a residential property for less than &...