Welcome to the winter edition of Quarterly Housing Update.
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What powers and responsibilities do local authorities have to ensure sufficient school places? With a growing population and the introduction of academies and free schools, Helen Randall considers the legal position of local authorities.
Welcome to the Winter 2014/15 edition of Quarterly Commercial Update.
The Department for Communities and Local Government consultation on legislative reform to give local authorities greater flexibility in forming a combined authority or economic prosperity board closed on 26 January 2015.
2015 looks to be an eventful year with royal baby number 2 on the way, London hosting the Rugby World Cup 2015 and the 800th birthday of the Magna Carta. 2015 will also be a year of change for the public sector. This article discusses what to expect in several areas of public sector law in 2015.
Late payment continues to be a big problem affecting the cash flow of small businesses. In a bid to reduce tardiness and increase transparency, the Department for Business Innovation & Skills has published a consultation paper and accompanying draft regulations on late payment.
The attack on retentions has begun but could a total ban be tipping the balance too far?
Michael O'Reilly spoke with some very capable EPC contractors about their plans to step up and take roles as developers (equity investors) alongside their role as pure contractors on project-financed infrastructure work.
Construction partner Assad Maqbool writes in Construction Manager on BIM.
On 19 December 2014 the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) upheld a decision from the Employment Tribunal that 'Caste' can fall within the wide definition of race under the Equality Act 2010 has been dismissed.
As local authorities count the cost of this year's financial settlement, it is clear that a significant number will face real challenges as they consider how to maintain vital public services whilst balancing the books.
Housing associations providing debt advice to tenants without authorisation from the UK financial watchdog are breaking criminal laws.
Welcome to the December edition of Building Interest
The High Court yesterday (17 December 2014) rejected a judicial review brought by trade union Unison to have tribunal fees ruled unlawful.
Whilst heads of terms are never legally binding, it is commercially more difficult to re-visit concepts and wording where the detail has already been set out and ‘agreed’.
Welcome to the December edition of Housing Matters.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) assumed control of consumer credit regulation in April and housing organisations need to know what to do for authorisation.
As we have previously reported, the UK government continued its "tax attack" on the UK residential property sector with the publication in March of this year of its long awaited consultation on proposals for the imposition of a new capital gains tax charge (New CGT) on non-resident investors when they sell UK residential property.
The Chancellor's Autumn Statement on 3 December included a completely unexpected overhaul of the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) regime for residential properties and an increase in the rates of the Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED) on residential properties in corporate structures.
Welcome to the December edition of Q&A. We are delighted to announce our membership of Interlaw which is an international association of independent law firms with lawyers in more than 125 cities worldwide. In keeping with the holiday season, this edition focuses on employee bonuses. Due to our international network of employment lawyers, we are able to share with you contributions from our fellow Interlaw members worldwide. These highlight how bonus issues are global but that the different legal jurisdictions lend themselves to interesting and varied considerations and solutions! Please find in the Of Interest section an article on bonuses from our Spanish member Gomez-Acebo & Pombo together with a bonus article and tool applicable to the UK. There is also a flyer introducing the new immigration team in the UK. Season's Greetings!
Social media allows users to connect and engage with likeminded people. While this medium of communication was originally developed for use by individuals, the ability to share information and receive instant responses is proving to lend itself well to corporate communications.
Jurisdiction is vital in enforcing adjudicator’s decisions – but how can the process of appointing an adjudicator affect the jurisdiction of a decision?
Is utopian town planning really the answer to the housing crisis?
SMEs' access to public contracts has recently been a prominent issue on the public procurement agenda. Following Lord Young's recommended reforms in his 2013 report 'Growing Your Business,' the Cabinet Office has implemented these measures into the draft 2015 Public Procurement Regulations.
Ian Graham, Mike Gaskell and Joseph Acton examine the use of ‘golden brick’ arrangements by registered providers of social housing
Real Estate partner Rob Beiley comments on the 2014 Autumn Statement.
Head of Tax Andrew Sneddon comments on the 2014 Autumn Statement.
A report into workers leaving the capital has had national coverage - and entrepreneurs who have relocated say it was a shrewd move
The emergence of sukuk or Shari'a-compliant bonds has been one of the most significant developments in Islamic capital markets.
Those TUPE decisions just keep on coming! The issues recently considered include the knotty question of assignment, whether a change in location is a substantial change to the material detriment of employees, when a TUPE transfer actually occurs, and what happens when there's a failure to provide correct employee liability information.
The Government has recently published Draft Regulations to replace the Public Contracts Regulations 2006. The Draft Regulations implement the new procurement Directive (2014/24/EU) and are due to come into force in the spring of 2015.
From breaches of confidentiality to airing workplace grievances, here’s what public servants should avoid online.
Earlier this year the European Parliament adopted a number of directives to reform how public procurement is conducted.
Are you incorporated as a company or a registered society?
The Homes and Communities Agency has been critical of the quality of landlords’ data. So how should they maintain the perfect asset register?
Distressed loan portfolios secured by property assets have proved an attractive investment class for private equity investors.
Welcome to the autumn 2014 edition of Housing Litigation Update
Why implement a golden brick arrangement? Briefly, to eliminate VAT on the development land purchase price in a situation where a Registered Provider of social housing (RP) is unable to recover VAT on its costs.