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Real Estate

Landlord’s liability for tenant’s injuries

A landlord can be liable for injuries to his tenant even though the lease itself imposes no express obligation to prevent the disrepair that caused the injuries.


23 April 2015

Behind the billboard - regulating gambling ads

What are the restrictions on advertising in the gambling industry? Alice Himsworth, associate in the media, communications and technology team at Olswang, explores the current forms of regulation and makes some predictions about potential developments.

16 April 2015


General election 2015: Lib Dem manifesto and the review of the 2013 Defamation Act

In their manifesto issued today, the Lib Dems promise to: "Undertake a post-legislative review of the 2013 Defamation Act, which Liberal Democrats drove through Parliament, to ensure the new provisions are reducing the chill of libel threats". We have identified a number of major concerns with the 2013 Act and how it operates which mean that it has sown a significant amount of confusion and uncertainty. 


15 April 2015

Real Estate Litigation

Negligence in property valuations – What does that actually mean after Titan V Colliers?

In the High Court decision in Titan Europe 2006 - 3 plc v Colliers International UK plc (in liquidation) [2014], Mr Justice Blair found Colliers negligent. On his finding as to the "true value" of the property however the figure produced by the Claimant's expert valuer would also have been negligent, as would the figure relied upon by the Defendant's expert valuer and at least three other contemporary valuations. Can they all have been negligent? Before we can answer that, we need to understand what "negligence" means in the context of property valuations and independent expert determinations.

08 April 2015


HM Treasury offers some clarity on binary options

The publication by HM Treasury of its consultation on the transposition of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II has provided those who offer binary option products with some clarity as to the future of regulation for these products (see section 8). This clarification follows several months of uncertainty following the publication of a letter from the Department of Media, Culture and Sport to the Gambling Commission's Chief Executive, Jenny Williams. 

08 April 2015

Real Estate

Protecting tenants' deposits

Failure to comply with statutory tenancy deposit requirements will prevent repossession of residential premises.

01 April 2015


Gambling Commission to consider the regulation of lottery-style betting products

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee last week published a report on society lotteries. Part of this report focused on a perceived blurring of the lines between betting and lottery products as a result of operators offering betting products, the results of which are determined by the outcomes of particular lotteries (with the exception of the National Lottery in relation to which bets cannot be taken). The Committee highlighted concerns that these products are creating confusion and diverting funds from good causes.

01 April 2015


Olswang Germany Media Newsletter March 2015

This is our monthly Media Newsletter produced by our German office. It covers the latest legal and regulatory developments in the media sector across both Germany and Europe.

31 March 2015


Budget 2015 - Extension to film and TV tax credits

After praising the "huge" contribution of the creative industries to the British economy, George Osborne announced several measures in his 2015 Budget intended to provide a further boost to the UK's film and TV industries.

23 March 2015

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