Inside this issue:

Intellectual property law

Dynamic (IP address) decision from the CJEU

The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has decided that dynamic IP addresses held by a website operator may constitute personal data for the purposes of the EU’s Data Protection Directive.

Property law

Chancel repair liability

Since the House of Lords decision in Parochial Church Council of the Parish of Aston Cantlow and Wilmcote with Billesley v Wallbank (2003), chancel repair liability has earned notoriety and received press coverage. In this case, the Parochial Church Council (PCC) brought an action against Mr and Mrs Wallbank for payment of £95,000 towards the cost of repairing the chancel. After a prolonged legal battle, the House of Lords overturned the Court of Appeal decision and held in favour of the PCC, leaving the Wallbanks with a £350,000 bill to pay.

Employment law

How to calculate Holiday Pay: recent decision – so that’s clear then?

The Court of Appeal delivered its decision on 7 October 2016 in the case of British Gas Trading Limited v Lock & Another.

Corporate and commercial law

Electronic signature practice note

We have previously written in December 2015 (See page 4 of the Corporate Newsletter – Winter 2016) about the law surrounding the use of electronic signatures and advised that until the law surrounding their use in executing a deed had been resolved, it was safer to continue to execute deeds on paper using a traditional “wet-ink” signature.

Property litigation law

Vacant possession: importance of identifying what is a fixture and what is a chattel

A reminder for tenants and landlords of the importance of ensuring vacant possession at the end of a lease following a recent High Court decision and in particular, to be attentive to fixtures and fittings.

Intellectual property law

Brexit implications for UK trademarks

If the UK is to officially leave the EU it has to notify the EU Council of its intention to do so and trigger Article 50.2 of the EU Treaty, which provides for a maximum of two years for the withdrawal negotiations.

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