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.
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For most people jobs and homes are a key priority so the Department for Communities and Local Government's announcement that self-builders will be exempt from community infrastructure levy looks like good news.
Capital allowances on fixtures in properties have been called the forgotten tax relief, but the tax savings can be significant.
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Mandatory pre-claim conciliation is something which has been on the cards for a while, and, now that the Regulations implementing the early conciliation provisions contained in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (ERRA) have been published, we have full details of the way the new scheme will work.
What will happen to Public Private Partnerships if Scotland were to vote to leave the United Kingdom in September?
The eagerly awaited judgement in the Game litigation has today been issued by the Court of Appeal
With the media taking an increasing interest in the tax behaviour of some of the nation’s largest companies, a recent Cabinet Office policy note sets out the government’s latest position in bringing big business into line through the procurement regime.
According to Government figures more than 130 million days are being lost to sickness absence every year in Great Britain and working-age ill health costs the national economy £100 billion a year. Meanwhile as many as 960,000 employees were on sick leave, on average, for a month or more each year between October 2010 and September 2013.
On 29 July last year fees were introduced in the employment tribunals. The effect of this controversial measure has been a reduction in the number of claims being brought. So, are fees here to stay? For the moment, following the rejection of Unison's application in the High Court for judicial review into the introduction of fees, the answer would appear to be yes.
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Employers looking to impose pay cuts following a contract move should tread carefully
Oman employment monthly bulletin
From 1 August 2014 Industrial and Provident Societies will become either co-operative societies or community benefit societies.
The Court of Appeal has recently confirmed in Hazel and anor v Manchester College that it is not possible to harmonise terms and conditions following a TUPE transfer if the affected employees are not subject to a restructuring, or other similar process, entailing changes in the workforce.
Whitehall’s green light for councils to re-establish themselves as major players in the home building league has left many scrambling to assemble a skills line-up capable of achieving that goal.
A review of works carried out over the winter can create an air of renewal, says Theresa Mohammed
The outlook for the economy and the industry is as positive as it has been for quite some time. Unfortunately the recovery will come too late for many.
Industrial and Provident Society law is being updated
Dispute Resolution and Litigation
Before summer, Malaysia will likely have opened its doors to foreign law firms for the first time. The question now: who wants in?
£1m Challenge Fund launched to support 10 Local Authorities - application deadline 10 February.
The increasing prevalence of BIM is a both a risk and an opportunity for subcontractors. Handled well, subcontractors can have the most to gain from the shift in emphasis in the industry of which BIM is part.
Vijay Bange examines international comparisons of the UK’s construction disputes. They take about twice as long to resolve as elsewhere in Europe, and this could have been even worse if not for adjudication, he argues.
Welcome to the winter edition of MEBLR. In the last few months there have been several positive developments in the Gulf and growing evidence that the region has now fully turned the corner since the global financial crisis of 2007-2008. However, the biggest news came when Dubai won the right to host the World Expo 2020.
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The NEC was supposed to move from legal language to something more practical at project level. But a case from last year shows what can happen when courts are left to interpret the contract
It is simply not an option for parties to stick their heads in the sand regarding alternative dispute resolution
New EU directives on public procurement and concession contract award were adopted by the European Parliament on 15 January 2014.
2013 may well have been a busy year, but it will come as no surprise to learn that the hectic pace of reform continues in 2014!
The Collective Redundancies and Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 have now been published in their finalised version and are coming into force, in the main, on 31st January. New guidance has also been published by BIS to supplement the Regulations. Whilst not as seismic as at first expected, new TUPE is certainly something with which employers will have to get to grips. So, what are the changes?
Oman Employment Legal update
Andy Rennison, Managing Director of 3BM Education Partners, comments in the Guardian on the challenges in establishing an employee mutual.
New thresholds now apply for supply, services and works contracts from 1st January 2014. Contracting authorities who are procuring contracts over these values will be required to follow the procurement rules for tendering and awarding public contracts. This week's blog will examine where these new threshold changes apply.
Employers should avoid any knee jerk reactions to temporary cessations in trading
Welcome to the winter edition of Quarterly Housing Update.