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Housing Matters - October 2015

Welcome to the October edition of Housing Matters.

BIM bytes: New code of practice reinforces FM integration

Early Doors

Cambridgeshire will be the first county council to set up a housing company - and others may be following suit. What’s behind the shift?

HR Law - October 2015

Welcome to the October edition of HR Law.

Section 21 notices - are you ready for the change?

On 1 October 2015, the further changes to the section 21 regime came into effect.

Councils plot legal challenge over forced RTB sales

Councils are drawing up plans for a potential legal bid to stop government forcing them to sell off expensive stock to fund the Right to Buy.

Jargon Busting: Rights of Light

This "jargon busting" piece looks at rights of light – what they are and how they affect residential property owners.

Healthy Prognosis for Social Care Investment in the U.K.

On the surface, the U.K. health and social care sector presents attractive opportunities for private equity investors.

Jargon Busting: For whom the bell tolls? Chancel repair liability

This legal update examines chancel repair liability and the ongoing risks

Briefing: The REview – a mixed bag of investment results

This month’s The REview, an EG reader poll in association with Trowers & Hamlins, looked at the retail world.

Choosing which court or tribunal will decide any disagreement under a business contract

European ruling could prompt minimum wage change

The government could come under pressure to change national minimum wage calculations following a European Court judgment, according to a leading employment lawyer.

Where are we with EUV-SH valuations for security?

RP borrowers could face new demands as lenders and valuers discuss EUV-SH valuations post-Budget.

A bit hit and MEES

The government may have done some serious pruning of legislation but not all energy-related legislation is up for change.

Topical issues real estate brokers face

As Dubai's property market goes through a transitional phase, industry pundits believe last week's Real Estate Brokers Conference at Cityscape Global provided a platform to ask pressing questions and get frank answers.

Roundtable: law and regeneration

The regeneration of Birmingham has turned around the fortunes of England’s second city as it seeks to position itself as a global player.

Travelling to first customer “is work”

Does 'working time' include time spent travelling to and from the last customer of the day? Yes confirms the European Court of Justice.

Roundtable: Get our housing in order

Journey to work for dom care staff is ‘working time’

The Court of Justice of The European Union (CJEU) has ruled that mobile workers are technically ‘working’ when they travel to and from their last customers of the day.

HR Law - September 2015

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Q&A - September 2015

An increasingly competitive commercial environment has brought the issue of protecting business interests into focus. People that are key to the success of a business often also pose a significant risk when they leave.

Anchor agrees £100m care home deal

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.

BIM bytes: When new processes and old contracts collide

WORKING TIME: New case law brings fresh uncertainty

We need to fight forced labour with transparency

For many, the concept of slavery evokes archaic images of bygone eras.


Deeds Of Variation - Are They No More?

Is the ability to vary terms of a will for tax reasons, through what are called "deeds of variation", to be restricted by the UK tax authority?

Podcast and video: Transformative capital – dispelling the myths about privatisation

Private providers can help the NHS achieve better patient-centred outcomes. 

To merge or not to merge?

“It is perfectly possible that the rate of mergers in the sector will double as a result of the Budget..."

De-registration? Don’t forget the lenders and bondholders

Liquidated damages: Time for a penalty shoot-out?

Liquidated damages are, in theory, a cost effective and efficient tool. If only things were so simple

The EU succession rules - Brussels IV

From 17 August 2015 the EU Succession Regulation, Brussels IV, will homogenise the regulation of succession across the Union.

Housing association takes forward Free School plan

A housing association is a step closer to becoming the first social landlord to develop a Free School, after ‘positive’ talks with civil servants.

Right to Buy to Let

Research reveals almost 40% of ex-council homes sold under the Right to Buy are now in the private rented sector.

Watch Where You Tread: Wooden floors and leasehold apartments

It might look great, but the potential consequences of installing wooden flooring in breach of lease can be pretty expensive.

Equalities concern prompts alternative public health cut proposal

The government’s plan to impose a flat-rate cut on council’s public health 2015-16 budgets risks breaching equality laws, new research has indicated.

Housing Litigation Update Summer 2015

Welcome to the summer 2015 edition of Housing Litigation Update

Meet the new kids on the block

Readers will now be aware of local authority housing development companies – new players on the new-build ‘stage’.

Buying Property with the benefit of Indemnity Insurance

Legal indemnity insurance is a type of policy taken out in residential property transactions where a legal defect (lack of building regulations approval, missing landlord or title) or restrictive covenant has the potential to prevent or delay development and cause loss. It is commonly used where negotiation or application to court are unrealistic or time consuming options.