Welcome to the spring 2014 edition of Housing Litigation Update
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Employee ownership was brought into the spotlight in the recent Budget with the Chancellor announcing a series of tax reliefs aimed at the promotion of employee ownership as means of running a company. These include income tax exemptions for bonuses paid to employees of employee-owned companies and an increase in the maximum value of shares that employees can acquire under share incentive plans. But what is employee ownership and how can it be used in the delivery of public services?
Social landlords are often faced with an administrative nightmare when it comes to construction and repairs contracts that deal with high volumes of cyclical works and responsive repairs.
Tearing loose from housing revenue accounts, councils are setting up their own companies to provide homes.
Just in case the forthcoming spate of family friendly reforms was in danger of falling off your agendas, the recent Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) decision on surrogacy has put them back on the radar!
In the light of the recent North Tyneside PFI Housing Project, Paul McDermott looks at the scope for the public sector to use bond finance for long term capital projects.
The government is “trying to have its cake and eat it” in its conduct of the zero hours consultation which closed last month, a lawyer argues.
The Omani government has ramped up its anti-corruption drive and is looking to boost transparency in order to attract more foreign investment
Government backing of BIM has given consultants and contractors the critical mass of throughput such that profit can be gained from investment in BIM skills and technology.
Following delays to the implementation timetable in 2013, we are pleased to confirm that the new EU Procurement Directive will now come into force on 17 April 2014 after its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union on 28 March 2014.
Third party litigation funding is not new, but although historically frowned upon it is becoming more acceptable and popular.
Welcome to the Spring edition of Quarterly Commercial Update.
A round-up of noteworthy news, all of which could influence the way you deal with your property.
If a statutory limitation period for making a claim can begin with the adjudicator’s decision, disputes can potentially drag on for over a decade. There may be a solution lurking in NEC3...
Welcome to the March edition of Building Interest.
Today we meet Tania Tandon, employment partner at Trowers & Hamlins. A mum of two, we asked Tania about her career, how she combines her career with family life and the wider issue of diversity and how Trowers & Hamlins retains female talent.
The government's response to the consultation paper "Judicial Review - Proposals for further reform" has recently been published. The initial views about the potential impact of these (and earlier) reforms are mixed. This bulletin will examine the key reforms and reactions.
The new Model Services Contract, which replaces version 2.3 of the OGC Model ICT Contract, should be used with immediate effect as the basis of the draft contract for all procurements for IT delivery services and Business Process Outsourcing services with a value of £10 million or more.
With skills shortages threatening the sector how can we make sure that the best and brightest women are being encouraged to join the world of construction?
With the focus of George Osborne’s fourth budget heavily focused on savers and those with defined contribution pension schemes, you might be forgiven for thinking that this is the budget that forgot social housing.
You may have heard that using an offshore company to buy property in the UK is not a good idea any more. Is that right? It depends on the type of property and how it will be used. There is good and not so good news. In 2013 and 2014, the Government has introduced new tax costs for companies which own family homes in the UK. But these taxes will not normally catch residential properties which are let out to unconnected tenants and do not apply to commercial properties at all.
The headline tax measures announced were major changes in the tax and regulatory regime for pensions and a further attack on supposedly high value residential properties. This note contains a high level overview of the main tax measures announced in this year's Budget and measures announced previously but taking effect from April 2014.
What does the announcement of Expo 2020 mean for those involved in the development, ownership or operation of hotels? Let's start by looking at the figures.
The stamp duty net has been widened to catch more wealthy foreigners who buy homes in Britain through company structures to avoid tax.
Chancellor George Osborne heralded an improving economy with promises for businesses who invest in the UK in his Budget speech this week.
For people aged 65 or over, the Budget announced that National Savings and Investments will launch a choice of two fixed-rate bonds, available from January 2015.
George Osborne has announced a £150 million loan fund for social housing estate regeneration in the 2014 Budget.
As part of an international effort to stabilise the "over-the-counter" or "OTC" derivative markets, a piece of European legislation known as the European Market Infrastructure Regulation or EMIR has come into force.
How the introduction of FRS102 will affect obligations under your loan agreement(s) and what you can do to stay in compliance with them.
Working mothers are not entitled to paid maternity leave if they are receiving a baby through surrogacy under European law, however individual states may go further, a court rules.
The motivation for signing a letter of intent may be admirable, but the trouble they can cause should not be underestimated, as a recent case involving engineer VolkerFitzpatrick shows
Following the publication of the New Fair Deal guidance in October 2013, the Department of Health has published guidance (the Guidance) in relation to the application of new Fair Deal to the NHS Pension Scheme (NHSPS). The guidance is intended to provide further clarity to contracting authorities, bidders and providers.
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published a report following nine advisory visits and four audits of Registered Providers and ALMOs (referred to by the ICO as 'housing organisations') carried out within the last three years. The good news is that there were some encouraging findings, where the ICO was satisfied that housing organisations were coping well with their obligations under the Data Protection Act (the Act).
Welcome to the March edition of Housing Matters.
Much has been written about the value that can be derived from harnessing Big Data – data sets that are so large and complex that they are too difficult to manage through traditional management tools.
Low interest rates push authorities to invest in new private rented homes
The Supreme Court has substantially widened the discretion afforded to judges to decide whether damages should be awarded instead of an injunction in cases where property rights are infringed. In Coventry and others v Lawrence and others  UKSC 13 the Supreme Court addressed several points of law relating to private nuisance and the circumstances in which the court should award damages instead of an injunction.