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Welcome to the summer 2014 edition of Housing Litigation Update
With notable distinction placed on assignment. What if it’s just not an option?
Cosmopolitan turns spotlight on board members’ leadership
Union backs tribunals against St Mungo’s Broadway, One Housing and Look Ahead
The European Union's top court has said that morbid obesity could qualify as a disability if impacts on a person's ability to work, in an opinion that could have far-reaching implications for employers in Europe.
HM Treasury for the last few years has been encouraging the public sector to focus on making cost savings from their existing PFI and PPP contracts.
Construction projects often involve a long chain, or sometimes even complex web of partners.
Jacqueline Backhaus and Henry Fitch discuss the difficulty of overturning section 106 agreements through the courts.
It is clear that Big Data has huge commercial utility, with many predicting it will form a key asset in future business models.
The success of the BIM initiative has, to a large extent, relied on the government’s backing.
A recent case could change the status of employees on sleep-ins
News from our International Real Estate team.
Helen Randall assesses the efficacy and objectives of Directive 2014/24
Student accommodation has proven a popular investment over recent years. As the market evolves, the opportunity for some major change programmes is emerging.
From 30 June the right to request flexible working will be extended to all employees with 26 weeks' service under the Flexible Working Regulations 2014.
Partner Rob Horne explains the finer points and lessons learned in recent construction cases, with clarification of legal regulations and their consequences.
Local authorities are developing homes for the first time in a generation, joint ventures between housing associations and major developers are getting off the ground and housing associations are starting to regard themselves as commercial businesses as they need to sell more homes privately.
Welcome to the Summer 2014 edition of Quarterly Commercial Update.
Welcome to the June edition of Building Interest
Everything you need to know about negotiating the planning system, from planning applications to additional consent.
This bulletin makes two points. The first is to offer our assistance in shaping any new HRA rules. The second is to help you determine how best to deploy HRA resources within the existing rules and any new rules.
Oman Employment bulletin June 2014
An issue of significant importance to those of you who have workers doing "on-call" or "sleep-in" shifts is whether the shifts qualify for the National Minimum Wage under the National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 (NMWR). It is an issue which has generated a great deal of case law, most recently the EAT's decision in Mr J Esparon t/a Middle West Residential Care Home v Miss L Slavikosa.
Theresa Mohammed and Cristina Lanz-Azcarate write in Construction News about leadership in the construction industry.
A recent case illustrates that public authorities can still be successful in lifting the automatic suspension of a contract award on the issue of a procurement challenge even if there are triable issues at stake.
International Construction Bulletin June 2014
Statutory adjudication is automatic on construction projects, but does not apply to building or upgrading power plants. Except there are exceptions to that exception. Theresa Mohammed explains.
A recent legal case serves as a warning to landlords changing their pension schemes, says Martin McFall
Initial thoughts on Altair's report 'Cosmopolitan Housing Group: Lessons Learned'.
Earlier this month, the Audit Commission published an interesting report on "managing council property assets" using data from the Value for Money profiles.
For a contractor, a fitness for purpose obligation tends to raise the hackles. But why?
Housing associations win case against London boroughs charging tax
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.
Oman Employment bulletin June 2014
In January 2014, the Cabinet Office published guidance on its new models of construction procurement which are recommended for use across the public and private sectors.
The Supreme Court decides that LLP members are "workers". LLP members will now enjoy rights including those relating to holiday, pension, part-time working, discrimination and "whistle-blowing". This decision therefore has wide implications for partnerships and LLPs in managing relations, with and between, their partners and members.
In its recent landmark decision of R (on the application of Barkas) v North Yorkshire County Council and another, the Supreme Court delivered welcome news to developers facing Town or Village Green (TVG) applications.
Common sense tells us dealing with a lender which has decided to leave the market will be more difficult.
Fast tracking the planning process is one way to tackle the housing shortage - but are planning performance targets having the opposite effect?