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Moving in a New Direction

As I put the finishing touches to this, the first of my posts on the trainee blog, I am sat on a train headed to London for an all-day licensing law seminar. This is just one of the new experiences that I find myself encountering in this exciting new phase of my career. My road to qualification as...

Changes to Assured Shorthold Tenancy Rules

Important changes have come into force for all Assured Shorthold Tenancies (or AST’s) entered into after 1 st October 2015 as a result of the Deregulation Act 2015. A summary is set out below. At the outset of the tenancy, all landlords must provide: Gas safety certificate Energy Performance...

Smoking in Vehicles Law Change

Just over a year ago, we published an article regarding the government consultation on smoking in private vehicles carrying children . Fast forward to the present and the changes are set to come into force from today. For those unaware of this new regime, we have put together a brief summary of the...

New Fire Alarm Law Introduced to Protect Tenants

From 1 st October, a new law requires private landlords to fit properties with smoke alarms. The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 requires a fire alarm to be fitted on each floor of a property which contains a room wholly or partly used as living accommodation. A carbon...

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations

Landlords should take note of the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations which come into force on 1 st October 2015. For all tenancies entered into from the 1 st October, Landlords must ensure a smoke alarm is fitted on each storey of the property. A carbon monoxide alarm must also...

All Change Please

As I reflect on my first few weeks as a trainee solicitor at Woodfines, I realise that the next two years are going to be busy but interesting, and I am in no doubt that they will fly by! Although I am a new trainee solicitor, I cannot be described as a new employee: I have been at Woodfines for...

Happy Birthday – out of copyright and back onto the screen

It is a song that is sung across the world in almost every language imaginable (even Klingon, if Google is to be believed), but did you know that Happy Birthday is subject to a copyright? The song was composed by two American sisters in 1893, albeit under a different name. It later evolved to...

Asking the right questions

As it is September, the beginning of a new training contract year and the start of a new academic year for some, I thought I would start this trainee blog by wishing the new trainees at Woodfines luck and congratulating them on achieving a training contract at a great firm. In line with this...

From Bedford to Cambridge

It’s September already; summer is fast drawing to a close, the kids are back to school (meaning the roads are busy again!) and it’s time for the next six-month seat change. I owe a big thank you to the Litigation team and my supervisor in that seat, for teaching me so much over the last six months...

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