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Building Interest —— Summer 2016

Welcome to the Summer 2016 edition of Building Interest.

Trowers & Hamlins’ Construction Alert: Liquidated damages in construction contracts in the Gulf

Trowers & Hamlins' Construction Alert: Liquidated damages in construction contracts in the Gulf

Real Estate Finance Security: Getting properties into charge - streamlining the process

Anticipating problems before they arise is key to speeding up transactions and alleviating the issues encountered during the charging process. In our secured lending workshops we look at ways you can avoid common pitfalls that we come across regularly in our experience of acting on property charging transactions. We will also look at solutions to common problems that you are likely to encounter.

SOSR and ill-health dismissals

The issue of whether the Acas Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures (the Acas Code) applies to dismissals for some other substantial reason (SOSR) or ill-health has been one which has caused some confusion.

What’s next for UK procurement law?

Following the success of the "Leave" vote in the EU referendum, the UK must now negotiate the most complex divorce in European history.

Brexit: what you need to know

The question which was posed in the referendum to the UK electorate on 23 June 2016 was "should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union?" The outcome of the referendum was that, overall, slightly more than half of the UK citizens who voted, voted to leave.

Quarterly Housing Update Summer 2016

Welcome to the summer edition of Quarterly Housing Update.

Brexit: the implications for employment law?

The results of the referendum are in. With 52% of the UK voting to Leave the EU and a leadership election ahead for the Conservative Party, what are the implications for UK employment law?

The morning after that referendum

You might be relieved to know that that this blog contains no dodgy statistics; fails to speculate about the relative merits of the Norwegian versus North Korean trading models and absolutely does not tell you how to vote. No doubt David Cameron, Boris Johnson and others will make up for these oversights.

European Real Estate

Interlaw, a Chambers & Partners ranked elite global law firm network, offers the ideal solution to European real estate legal needs.

Housing Matters - June 2016

Welcome to the June edition of Housing Matters.

Disclosure of beneficial ownership of foreign companies buying UK property

From June 2016, the UK will be the first major country to have a publicly accessible central register showing who ultimately owns and controls UK incorporated companies and LLPs.

Delivering Good Governance in Local Government Framework - a review of the key principles

CIPFA has updated "Delivering Good Governance in Local Government: Framework", with effect from financial year 2016-17 (2016 Framework).  This blog is interested in the updated key principles as well as the requirements for the annual governance statement.

HR Law - June 2016

Welcome to the June edition of HR Law. Please click on the links below to view the articles in June's edition of HR Law

A guide to buying new builds

London's residential real estate market attracts high levels of investment from across the globe. Prospective buyers may face competition to secure properties in sought after developments.

10 things you should know about the Non–Resident Landlord Scheme

Since 1995 HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have operated the non-resident landlord scheme (NRLS) which collects the tax payable on rental income received by non-resident landlords at source as a withholding tax.

Helen Randall at the White Paper Public Procurement Conference

Helen Randall, partner at Trowers & Hamlins was invited by White Paper to address an audience of government, local authority and private practice lawyers

Prohibition on wearing a headscarf in the workplace

The Advocate General's Opinion in Achbita v G4S Secure Solutions NV has just been published and suggests that the prohibition on wearing a headscarf will not constitute direct discrimination.

Quarterly Commercial Update Spring 2016

Welcome to the spring edition of Quarterly Commercial Update.

When paralegal work is a stepping stone to a training contract

Working as a paralegal to secure a training contract can be a gamble.

Bashing out the finer details: Public sector exit payments

Under current proposals the government will be imposing a cap of £95,000 on severance payments in the public sector.

Smart Cities - the only viable option to address future urban growth?

Some of the statistics with regards to Smart Cities and the potential opportunities they offer are staggering.

Valid payment applications: don’t lose out

Whether a contractor's valuation sent by email constitutes a valid interim payment application, extraordinary case demonstrates the sharp rise in public sector tenders being taken to court.

Does the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards Regime (MEES) affect you?

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 came into force on 1 April 2016, and apply to landlords of both commercial and residential property.

Future funding and security considerations for Stock Transfer RPs

It might feel like the ink has only just dried on the LSVT Transfer documents and the last thing on the agenda for the Treasury team is how and where the next funding will come from.

Opinion: Pitfalls of ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ home purchase help

According to data from a report from Legal & General, lending from parents to their offspring to help get them on the property ladder will amount to £5 billion this year.

HR Law - May 2016

Welcome to the May edition of HR Law. Please click on the links below to view the articles in May's edition of HR Law

The Role of Housing in Good Health

Quality housing is vital to sustaining good mental and physical health.

Make sure that you’re paid as scheduled

Contractors relying on payment schedules need to check the wording.

Building Interest —— Spring 2016

Welcome to the Spring 2016 edition of Building Interest.

Avoid legal icebergs to run a company

An ostensibly simple process nevertheless has some specific areas that need careful consideration.

Procuring service concession contracts

Following our previous blog, in this instalment, we will examine the consequences of a contract falling within the definition of a concession. One of these consequences, which sets a maximum length for concession contracts, is particularly severe.

Quarterly Housing Update Spring 2016

Welcome to the spring edition of Quarterly Housing Update.

You can still put your faith in traditional UK trusts

Trusts have come in for a lot of bad press recently, especially the leaking of the 'Panama Papers' identifying some of the world's wealthiest and most influential people and, in some instances, their attempts to avoid tax.

Housing Litigation Update Spring 2016

Welcome to the spring 2016 edition of Housing Litigation Update

Low pay? It’s criminal

It is now a criminal offence for employers not to pay the National Living Wage. Construction firms will have to examine their contractual arrangements.

General Practice Forward View - an insight

On 21 April 2016 NHS England launched a "General Practice Forward View". This follows on from the Five Year Forward View launched by the NHS England Chief Executive, Simon Stephens, in October 2014, which set out a new shared vision for the future of the NHS based around new models of care.

What is a valid payment application under an interim payment regime?

A recent case debated the issue of whether a contractor’s valuation sent by email constituted a valid interim payment application under the contract – providing an important lesson for others.

Brexit: risks and considerations for UK businesses

The question which will be posed in the referendum to the UK electorate on 23 June 2016 is "should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union?"

Mind the insurance gap

JCT’s attempts to simplify construction insurance still has its limitations.