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LGBT rights in review — integrating equality through procurement and supply chain management

This article was first published on Lexis®PSL and Lexis®Library on 17 February 2017.

Well Buildings

In the first of a series of articles, we consider future trends in commercial development and how you can prepare your business for the challenges ahead.

Knock Knock…who’s there? How “vacant” must a property be for vacant possession to have been given?

Most buyers and sellers will be buying and selling with 'vacant possession' (VP). Indeed, the Standard Conditions of Sale (Fifth Edition) normally adopted on residential sales usually impose a contractual obligation on a seller to sell its property with VP.

The Housing White Paper 2017

Our real estate team has examined the key considerations for the market in light of the UK's first Housing White Paper in 20 years.

HR Law - February 2017

Welcome to the February 2017 edition of HR Law

What’s happening in 2017?

While Brexit will inevitably be taking a large chunk out of the government's agenda, particularly in view of the Supreme Court's recent decision that an Act of Parliament is needed to trigger article 50, 2017 will also bring a number of changes on the employment law front.

Quarterly Housing Update Winter 2016/17

Welcome to the Winter 2016/17 edition of Quarterly Housing Update

Housing Litigation Update Winter 2016/17

Welcome to the Winter 2016/17 edition of Housing Litigation Update

Who are going to be the winners in the technology race to save the healthcare system?

At a roundtable jointly hosted by Grant Thornton and Trowers & Hamlins, a select group including healthcare providers and commissioners, investors and entrepreneurs debated who will win in the technology race to save the UK healthcare system.

Manchester Roundtable Highly Valued Hard to Value research

Examining value in real estate

The finalised gender pay gap regulations are here

Section 78 of the Equality Act 2010 (EqA 2010) gives the government power to make regulations requiring private and third sector employers to publish information relating to differences between the pay of male and female employees across their organisations.

Thinking Business Winter 2016

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

Post-Christmas party punch-ups

It's not news that Christmas parties, with their alcohol-induced loosening of inhibitions, can sometimes cause tricky problems for employers. Previously it has been clear that employers can be vicariously liable for undesirable festive shenanigans on the part of their employees, but what's the position when people move on for post-party drinks?

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

Quarterly Commercial Update Autumn 2016

Welcome to the Autumn 2016 edition of Quarterly Commercial Update.

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 Winter 2016/17

Welcome to the Winter 2016/17 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