The Effect of the New Electronic Communications Code on Landowners


The Electronic Communications Code (“the Code”) was initially introduced in 1984 to provide a statutory basis for telecommunication companies to place landline telephone equipment on third party property and amended in 2003 to include all electronic communications.   The Code regulates the relationship between landowners and network operators.  As a result of the desire to allow for a greater coverage and a better quality of service for consumers, a revised Electronic Communications Code has been produced as Schedule 1 of the Digital Economy Act 2017 which received Royal Assent on 27th

Employment law developments in 2018


2018 promises to be another busy year for employment law.  Here are some key developments to be aware of.

Taxation of termination payments – From April 2018, all payments made in lieu of notice will be subject to income tax and national insurance.  Currently, such deductions are not necessary where there is no contractual right to make a payment in lieu. 

The ‘Blanket Ban’ On Card Payment Charges – What Does This Mean for Berry Smith Clients?

On a daily basis in the UK, consumers are faced with extra fees when paying by credit or debit card for a wide variety of goods and services.  These ‘surcharges’ are often put in place by law firms, ticket providers and companies in many other sectors, to reflect the additional fee which they themselves must pay to the bank each time a client pays by card.  From this Saturday, 13 January 2018, however, all firms and businesses in the UK will no longer be permitted to impose such charges on their clients and customers. 

How will Brexit affect families with an international element?

With Article 50 triggered on 29th March 2017, and ongoing negotiations about hard or soft Brexit not having come to any conclusion, and deadlines being set by each side in what has been described as the UK’s desired divorce from Europe, one has to wonder how this will impact on families in the UK.