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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.

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?

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

A costly variation to the payment process

Altering a contract may be pragmatic and useful for both parties – but it could have unwelcome legal implications.

South-east Asia shapes regional economic area

Adjudication: The lay of the land

Does the work you’re engaged with constitute a ‘construction operation’?

What now for retrofits?

The European Court of Justice ruled against the UK’s reduced rate of VAT for energy efficiency work.

Freehold vs. Leasehold - jargon busting!

The UK residential real estate market is awash with jargon and legalese and it can be daunting for those seeking to invest in prime London residential property for the first time.

House of cards

Housing remains one of the biggest issues affecting UK politics...

A commercial goal is won on penalties

Liquidated damages provisions in construction contracts are always controversial

Building Interest

Welcome to the June issue of Building Interest.

Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2015: What you need to know

What does the Cities and Local Government Devolution bill mean in practice?

The Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill (currently going through the committee stage in the House of Lords) follows up on the Government's election manifesto promise to devolve wider powers to combined authorities which choose to have elected mayors.

EXCLUSIVE GUEST OPINION: Investing In UK “Enveloped” Real Estate

Exploring the world of enveloped UK real estate and the complexities around its tax treatment

Right to buy and development

What impact would an extended right to buy have on housing association development programmes?

‘Moving homes into vehicles to avoid RTB sales won’t work’

Bought a property? Pay your registration fees by 30 June 2015!

The interim real estate register of Dubai was introduced to improve the security of property deals by allowing two practices: the issuance of interim title deeds that can be registered for the sale of off-plan properties; and allowing the Dubai Land Department (DLD) both a detailed view of off-plan sales and the power to effectively charge registration fees for their transfer.

Roundtable: public sector – the state we are in

Public sector lawyers retain a keen service ethic, according to the latest Gazette roundtable.

Quarterly Housing Update Summer 2015 - Post-election edition

Welcome to the summer edition of Quarterly Housing Update.

Time spent travelling to and from work is working time, says legal opinion

Implications for employers could be huge, affecting pay, and health and safety

Heat Network Regulations: Turning up the heat

Calling all developers, landlords and operators: the Heat Network Regulations are now in force and they bring with them some onerous requirements

UAE introduces fines for swearing on WhatsApp

The most recent case to grab the attention of the media spotlight, both in the UK and the Middle East, is that of a man who used 'insulting' words at a colleague on the messaging platform WhatsApp.

Does “working time” include time spent travelling to and from the last customer of the day?

Employers may now have to count the time spent by their workers travelling from home to the first customer designated by their employer and from the last designated customer to home as 'working time' for the purposes of the EU Working Time Directive 2003.

Mobile workers’ first and last journeys count as working time

Buying residential property at auction

Purchasing residential investment property at auction has been popularised and promoted by television shows such as "Homes Under the Hammer". The excitement felt when the gavel falls can soon fade , however, for an unwary and inexperienced investor as at that moment the contract is binding and without professional advice before bidding you could find yourself saddled with an asset neither readily saleable nor against which you can raise future finance.

Ways to avoid challenges to a potential breach of the Public Sector Equality Duty – Case Law Update

Public sector organisations are to have due regard to the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED), as set out in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, when exercising their functions.

Bahrain Reits rules launch to mixed demand

The Bahrain Bourse's real estate investment trust (Reit) listing rules have been praised by industry participants in the country for their investor-friendly stance.

Employment reform in the Queen’s Speech: What should we expect from the new Government?

On Wednesday 27 May, in the first Queen's Speech of the new Parliament, the Government announced unveiled its plans for its first year in office. Continuing under the banner of government for "working people" from the Conservative Party's general election campaign, here is our summary of the reforms the Government has announced and/or is considering.