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HR Law - December 2016

Welcome to the December 2016 edition of HR Law

Housing Matters - December 2016

Welcome to the September edition of Housing Matters.

The United Kingdom Autumn Statement 2016

Right to Rent

Since 1st February 2016 landlords in England have been required to check the immigration status of all tenants and occupiers over the age of 18.

Asbestos: issues to consider when purchasing commercial property

Overriding Interests: Buyer Beware!

Pre-contract inspection is invaluable if you wish to acquire property free from overriding interests and buyers should look deeper than the fine interior decor and postcode.

A contractor’s failure to give notice of a claim – The FIDIC Time Bar in the Gulf —— November 2016

A contractor's failure to give notice of a claim – The FIDIC Time Bar in the Gulf —— November 2016

HMO Reforms

TUPE - recent developments

Although lately the impact of Brexit on TUPE may have taken centre stage, with speculation as to the form TUPE will take and its durability once we leave the EU, there have been a number of case law decisions coming out which we thought you should know about!

Top tips for ‘“The bank of Mum and Dad”

According to a 2015 Legal & General report, lending from parents to their children to help get them on the property ladder will amount to £5 billion this year.

HR Law - November 2016

Welcome to the November 2016 edition of HR Law

Thinking Real Estate Issue 3

Welcome to our third edition of Thinking Real Estate, our publication covering current and thought provoking topics from across the global real estate market.

Brexit update

After a temporary hiatus, Brexit is firmly back on the agenda. Following the Prime Minister's announcement at the beginning of this month that Article 50 will be triggered before the end of March 2017 it seems that it's full speed ahead!

New CCS policy note on selecting bidders in procurement exercises

The Crown Commercial Service has issued a Procurement Policy Note (Action Note 8/16) which contains a Selection Questionnaire, which replaces the CCS's standard Pre-Qualification Questionnaire published in 2015. The PPN provides guidance on the use of the Selection Questionnaire and on selecting and excluding suppliers.

Quarterly Housing Update Autumn 2016

Welcome to the autumn edition of Quarterly Housing Update.

Commission payments and holiday pay

Commission payments should be included in holiday pay confirms the Court of Appeal

Housing Litigation Update Autumn 2016

Welcome to the autumn 2016 edition of Housing Litigation Update

HR Law - October 2016

Welcome to the October 2016 edition of HR Law

Letting your property online? Check your lease first!

The recent decision in Nemcova-v-Fairfield Rents Ltd [2016] UKUT 303 has implications for those tenants letting out their properties on-line; even for comparatively short periods of time.

Long awaited response to the public sector exit payments consultation now published!

The Government has published its response to the consultation on reforms to public sector exit payments.

Immigration and Brexit

Ever since the UK's historic vote to leave the EU on 23 June, we have been confronted with a whole series of question marks over issues as fundamental as when the Brexit process will kick off, to how the change will affect our laws.

Long awaited response to the public sector exit payments consultation now published!

The consultation (which we responded to on your behalf) closed on 3 May 2016. The reforms will apply to the majority of the public sector workforce including civil servants, teachers, NHS workers, local government workers, armed forces personnel, police officers and firefighters. Following welcome clarification received by the National Housing Federation last month from the Department for Communities and Local Government, the new regime will not apply to private Registered Providers.

Cautionary tales from public procurement case law

This blog considers two points of interest for contracting authorities which arise out of the judgement in the public procurement case of Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust v NHS Swale Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley [2016] EWHC 1393 (TCC) dated 27 May 2016.

Apple’s € 13 billion (plus interest tax bill)

The EU Commission has for some time had what it perceives as 'unfair' tax advantages offered by some EU member states to selected multi-national corporations. Its rationale is that this distorts competition against those other businesses which are not so favoured. Starbucks and Fiat have previously been found to have benefitted from similar tax advantages.

Housing Matters - September 2016

Welcome to the September edition of Housing Matters.

HR Law - September 2016

Welcome to the September 2016 edition of HR Law

Thinking Business September 2016

Our Thinking Business publication aims to share expertise and ideas with you to support growth and sustainability for your business.

Update on the public sector exit payment regulations

Finally, after months of uncertainty about whether the public sector exit payment regulations will apply to Registered Providers, we have some clarification!

The right to refuse disclosure and the concept of privilege

Many clients have had their fingers burnt – and their prospects of successfully defending employee claims also going up in smoke – as a result of their obligation to disclose documents which, with hindsight, they would have preferred had never been written or created, or at the very least, had not found their way into the possession of the employee or an employment judge.

Quarterly Commercial Update Summer 2016

Welcome to the Summer 2016 edition of Quarterly Commercial Update.

Brexit - Two months on

Two months after the outcome of the referendum of the UK electorate became known, some early indications of possible directions of travel and the impact of Brexit can begin to be seen.

Brexit - implications and considerations for foreign investors interested in UK real estate

In the wake of Brexit, Trowers & Hamlins LLP has re-examined the key considerations for investors, particularly those from overseas interested in the UK real estate market.

Housing Litigation Update Summer 2016

Welcome to the summer 2016 edition of Housing Litigation Update

HR Law - August 2016

Welcome to the August 2016 edition of HR Law.

Making the most of privilege

Many clients have had their fingers burnt – and their prospects of successfully defending employee claims also going up in smoke – as a result of their obligation to disclose documents which, with hindsight, they would have preferred had never been written or created, or at the very least, had not found their way into the possession of the employee or an employment judge.

Dress codes, headscarves and conflicting Advocate General Opinions

The Advocate General's Opinion in Bougnaoui v Micropole Univers has just been published and concludes that a company policy requiring an employee to remove her Islamic headscarf when in contact with clients constitutes unlawful direct discrimination.

Commercial contracts in uncertain times

The full effects of the UK's referendum vote to leave the EU, a result widely known as "Brexit", have yet to become clear and perhaps will not be felt for some time. We do not know what the UK's relationship with the EU will look like in the future or when changes to this relationship will take effect.

Building Interest —— Summer 2016

Welcome to the Summer 2016 edition of Building Interest.

Liquidated damages in construction contracts in the Gulf

Increasingly we are being approached by construction clients, both employers and contractors, to provide advice in relation to the levying of liquidated damages for a failure by a contractor to achieve completion by the contractual dates for completion.

Real Estate Finance Security: Getting properties into charge - streamlining the process

Anticipating problems before they arise is key to speeding up transactions and alleviating the issues encountered during the charging process. In our secured lending workshops we look at ways you can avoid common pitfalls that we come across regularly in our experience of acting on property charging transactions. We will also look at solutions to common problems that you are likely to encounter.