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Deeds Of Variation - Are They No More?

Is the ability to vary terms of a will for tax reasons, through what are called "deeds of variation", to be restricted by the UK tax authority?

Podcast and video: Transformative capital – dispelling the myths about privatisation

Private providers can help the NHS achieve better patient-centred outcomes. 

To merge or not to merge?

“It is perfectly possible that the rate of mergers in the sector will double as a result of the Budget..."

De-registration? Don’t forget the lenders and bondholders

Liquidated damages: Time for a penalty shoot-out?

Liquidated damages are, in theory, a cost effective and efficient tool. If only things were so simple

The EU succession rules - Brussels IV

From 17 August 2015 the EU Succession Regulation, Brussels IV, will homogenise the regulation of succession across the Union.

Housing association takes forward Free School plan

A housing association is a step closer to becoming the first social landlord to develop a Free School, after ‘positive’ talks with civil servants.

Right to Buy to Let

Research reveals almost 40% of ex-council homes sold under the Right to Buy are now in the private rented sector.

Watch Where You Tread: Wooden floors and leasehold apartments

It might look great, but the potential consequences of installing wooden flooring in breach of lease can be pretty expensive.

Equalities concern prompts alternative public health cut proposal

The government’s plan to impose a flat-rate cut on council’s public health 2015-16 budgets risks breaching equality laws, new research has indicated.

Housing Litigation Update Summer 2015

Welcome to the summer 2015 edition of Housing Litigation Update

Meet the new kids on the block

Readers will now be aware of local authority housing development companies – new players on the new-build ‘stage’.

Buying Property with the benefit of Indemnity Insurance

Legal indemnity insurance is a type of policy taken out in residential property transactions where a legal defect (lack of building regulations approval, missing landlord or title) or restrictive covenant has the potential to prevent or delay development and cause loss. It is commonly used where negotiation or application to court are unrealistic or time consuming options.

Qatar’s World Cup 2022 risk is more reputational than financial

Living Wage forces association crisis talks

DCLG loses high court battle over section 106 exemptions

HR Law - August 2015

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A perfect fit?

Remember to make sure that your contract documents are consistent

Procurement Personnel Placement under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015

European Union procurement rules relate to a public sector body's purchase of goods, works or services. Such procurement rules are intended to open public sector procurement to competition across the European Union by establishing a legal framework governing the procedures for the award of public contracts which exceed stated values. The framework was created to ensure that public sector contracts are awarded fairly, transparently and without discrimination on the grounds of nationality.

Non-SMEs face new rules to stamp out modern slavery in UK and overseas

Implications for construction sector

Landlords seek advice on deregistration after cuts

Housing associations have sought legal advice on deregistering as social landlords

Foreign embassies’ employees entitled to employment law protection in the UK

Foreign embassies in the UK are now subject to the full thrust of employment law.

Property tribunal frees councils to cut housing costs

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea v Lessees of 1-124 Pond House and ors [2015] UKUT 395

Auto-enrolment duties

In July 2015 the Pensions Regulator published an analysis of the impact of auto enrolment and its role in increasing participation in workforce pension schemes.

Procurement: Optimum results

A string of high-profile repair and maintenance jobs have failed recently.

Budget effects Q&A

Q&A covering some of the possible finance related implications coming out of the Summer Budget.

The REview – what is driving the occupier market?

This month our poll with Estates Gazette looks at the occupier market and what is driving or holding it back. 

Devo bill amendment could halt most ambitious health proposals

Rent reduction – what’s in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill?

This note covers the mechanics of the Bill provisions as first published.

Rent changes burn £42bn hole in council plans

Modelling shows council 30-year business plans will be undeliverable.

What impact will the summer 2015 budget have on local government?

For local government, the summer 2015 budget contained few immediate surprises but the full impact is likely to be revealed as the autumn spending review progresses.

Jargon busting - joint tenants or tenants in common?

In this second jargon busting bulletin, we look at the two terms which describe how residential property can be co-owned.

Quarterly Commercial Update

Welcome to the Summer 2015 edition of Quarterly Commercial Update.

After the Budget: business planning issues for boards

As the sector moves into a less certain future, what should boards be looking out for?

TUPE trials and tribulations

There have been plenty more TUPE decisions in recent months, this time focussing on issues such as service provision changes, the meaning of 'client', how to handle cross transfer appeal hearings and the transfer of discrimination liabilities. We discuss the key decisions and their implications here.

BIM BYTES: Who pays the price when BIM fails to deliver?

Summer Budget 2015 - Round up of comments

Trowers & Hamlins partners comments on announcements made in the Summer Budget 2015

Thoughts from the LGA conference - Blackpool’s beacon for youth

Despite the prospect of further austerity, last week's LGA conference in Harrogate was largely a positive experience.

HR Law - July 2015

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What do changes to regulation mean in the lending market?

Funders could find themselves sitting next to the HCA during regulatory action