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Devolution: Just the Beginning?

As the dust settles and there is either relief or disappointment at the maintenance of the union, the Scottish referendum has invigorated the argument for greater devolution of powers to cities and regions.

Families inheriting large business stakes can make terrible mistakes

If a major shareholder dies without a plan, their family and their business may suffer, says Rebecca B Wardle

Changes to a public authority’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

The recent case of Innes v Information Commissioner [2014] EWCA Civ 1086 (CA (Civ Div)) has resulted in a revised interpretation of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (Act), now allowing applications to request data in a specific format.

Standing up for the little guy

Covington & Burling, aided by an expert trio of Swedish litigators, has defeated Russia in court proceedings upholding an arbitral award in favour of minority Yukos investors.

Document management peer panel: The madding cloud

Document management technology is changing quickly, adding complexity to the efficiency versus security debate

Learning to get ahead of the game

Stereotypical substandard student accommodation is changing, says Stephanie Canham

Boroughs and beyond: Royal Docks

On paper, Royal Docks should be a no-brainer. Just a few miles down the road from Canary Wharf sit vast tracts of brownfield land – and its redevelopment is backed enthusiastically by local and national government.

Rise of the rental tide

Following a review ruling on Sony's Soho office which found the company was paying too much as a tenant, Estates Gazette explores why this scenario might not open the floodgates to rent reductions in central London

Removing the planning block?

New planning minister Brandon Lewis has wasted no time in continuing the reforms introduced by his predecessor.

Coming of age?

Landlords have had 10 years to get used to being subject to EU procurement regulations but some still don’t get they could use them to their advantage, argues Rebecca Rees

Housing Matters - September 2014

Welcome to the September edition of Housing Matters.

Yukos: what happens next?

Ned Beale, partner at Trowers & Hamlins, examines the steps that each side in the Yukos shareholder dispute will take next.

What’s in a name? Change of reference for industrial and provident societies

A closer look at what industrial and provident societies should be calling themselves under the new Act.

Will new minister’s efforts speed up planning?

Brandon Lewis has wasted no time setting out further efforts to speed up the system, but their potential impact is up for debate.

Market round-up: Brighter skies ahead

Doom and gloom stories and statistics are becoming all too familiar for the retail sector.

Nightclubs: clubbed into submission

New guidance on Social Value - does it grasp the nettle?

The Cabinet Office has published updated guidance on the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 which takes account of the lessons learnt from the Cabinet Office report "The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012: One Year On" dated late January this year.  The report summarises the impact the Social Value Act has had on public service work commissioners and providers during the first year of the Act's life.

CIMB Roundtable: Islamic Finance for CFOs

In conjunction with the IFN Asia Forum 2014, Islamic Finance News held an Islamic finance-focused roundtable discussion, sponsored by CIMB Islamic.

Jurisdiction clauses - the need for clarity

In two recent decisions the English Commercial Court has reiterated the importance of including clear and certain jurisdiction clauses in contractual arrangements.

Trowers & Hamlins contributes to Handbook of Co-operative Community Benefit Society Law

Knowing your options when funding HA subsidiaries

As the regulator looks to change its approach to on-lending, what else might an RP do if it finds it can’t (for whatever reason) lend funds itself?

Local authority data protection - room for improvement

The Information Commissioner's Office (the ICO) reveals that Local Authorities have more to do in protecting the public's personal data.

Are contractors exploiting social landlords’ sense of fair play?

Theresa Mohammed believes housing providers are bending over backwards to meet Fair Payment standards and end up paying through the nose.

Another brick in the wall?

There are contractual solutions to guard against building material shortages, say Stephanie Canham.

BIM bytes: Introducing BIM late to a project

A picture is worth a thousand words: image in construction

The National Association of Women in Construction London & SE held its first working session on “Changing Perceptions of Women in the Construction Industry”.

Appropriation of land and decision-making

Jacqueline Backhaus and Henry Fitch look at the lessons to be learned – in relation to decision-making and the appropriation of land – from a recent High Court case involving a London borough.

Put bad practice behind you

Social landlords don’t know whether contractors are requesting payment for the right amounts, warns Theresa Mohammed.

Building foundations in construction law—junior lawyers reflect

Construction analysis: We ask our panel what challenges they faced as newly qualified lawyers wanting to build a career in construction law.

The life of a property lawyer—the return of development

Property analysis: Sara Bailey, a partner with Trowers & Hamlins’ housing and regeneration department, looks at the profile of her workload and discusses the latest developments in her practice.

Court of Protection addresses surge in deprivation of liberty cases

Earlier this month, Sir James Munby, the President of the Court of Protection, issued his much anticipated preliminary judgement setting out how the Court of Protection might effectively handle deprivation of liberty cases given the huge increase in such cases that the Court has seen since the beginning of the year (an increase that is expected to continue over the coming months and years).

Anger over opt-out axe plan

Local planning authorities which last year secured opt-outs for parts of their areas from rules allowing offices to convert to homes without planning permission have voiced concerns over government proposals to remove the exemptions in 2016.

The agenda for reform continues…..

The coalition government has been pretty hot on reforms to employment law. To list a few there's been the increase in the qualifying period for unfair dismissal claims from one to two years, the reduction in the collective redundancy consultation period, the new concept of pre-termination negotiations, new Employment Tribunal rules, changes to TUPE, the extension of flexible working and the introduction of Employment Tribunal fees.

Pros and cons: the legalities of local authority lending

Helen Randall's latest article in Room 151 examines the increase in local authorities funding regeneration projects; how it is lawful and what they need to be aware of.

Consultation on Changes to the Regulatory Framework – for-profit registered providers

Response to the HCA's "Consultation on Changes to the Regulatory Framework" based on comments and feedback from "for-profit-registered-providers" (FPRPs) together with potential applicants for registration.

Consultation on Changes to the Regulatory Framework – not for profit registered providers

Response to the HCA's "Consultation on Changes to the Regulatory Framework" based on comments and feedback arising out of workshops facilitated by Trowers & Hamlins.

Change of remittance rules for loans to remittance basis taxpayers

With effect from 4 August, money brought to or used in the UK under a loan facility secured by foreign income or gains will be treated as a taxable remittance of that foreign income or gains.

Game of loans…

Local authorities have recently made some big loans.  How is it lawful and what should they beware?

Time to take a more tailored approach?

The town and country planning sections of the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 were introduced as part of the Coalition Government’s agenda for reducing delays and red tape in the planning system: to get Britain building again.

National Audit Office raises concerns over IT contract management

The National Audit Office has flagged some concerns to HM Revenue & Customs in relation to its management and replacement of its Aspire IT Contract.