Public authorities are increasingly establishing trading companies (for local authrities these are often known as LATCs), either as wholly owned subsidiaries or, more and more, as joint ventures in local government with other authorities. They may do so either to deliver services in new, innovative, ways or to launch a trading business with the aim of generating revenue.
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Welcome to the February 2016 edition of HR Law
The Supreme Court in Marks & Spencer plc v BNP Paribas Securities Services Trust Company (Jersey) Ltd  has confirmed the position that rent payable in advance is not apportionable in time, and has also brought some much-needed clarity to the legal test for implied terms.
A new reality for the housing world is being crafted in parliament and it’s bound to transform the legal landscape.
The Zika virus is currently sweeping across South and Central America and the Caribbean, with warnings from the World Health Organisation (WHO) that it is likely to spread across the USA too.
2015 saw some of the most radical employment law changes in recent times with the introduction of the shared parental leave, a raft of other ‘family friendly’ changes, significant case law on travel time and holiday pay and not to forget the reforms promised by the Conservative party after their unexpected majority victory in May’s general election.
When administering payments under a construction contract, it is wise to follow its terms strictly and to remain vigilant - or end up paying more than you owe.
Welcome to the winter edition of Quarterly Housing Update.
There will soon be less upfront administrative burden and investment of resource for tenderers participating in a public procurement procedure, and particularly for entities which ultimately fail to win the contract to be awarded under that procedure.
This year’s Hot 100 gathers together the best lawyers in the business – the cream of the crop from in-house, private practice and the bar.
Hundreds of housing associations will still have to apply to a government body for permission to dispose of stock, despite ministers’ drive to reduce regulation.
The Court of Appeal handed down its judgment on 15 December 2015 in the case of Energysolutions EU Ltd v Nuclear Decommissioning Authority  EWCA Civ 1262.
The prime minister’s announcement concerning the future of so-called ‘sink estates’ leaves no doubt about this government’s aspiration to tackle the regeneration of many of the country’s housing estates.
On Friday 15 January, the FCA published a consultation on changes to its rules and guidance relating to existing second charge loans held by Registered Providers (and Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) in Wales).
Planning officers have warned proposals to allow a third party to resolve affordable housing disputes could make it more difficult for councils to ensure suitable development.
Housing associations are consulting lawyers about setting up ‘sister companies’ to free stock from the effect of government policies.
Repairs and maintenance procurements are increasingly coming to the market via a procedure which may not allow clients to scrutinise a bid thoroughly.
On 29 October 2015 s.54 of the Act came into force – it requires certain businesses to publish an annual slavery and human trafficking statement.
A recent First-tier Tribunal (Information Rights) decision has ruled that the Department for Education (DfE) must disclose information about the funding provided to academy sponsors when they take over an academy from a previous sponsor.
2015 saw some significant changes to HR practices and "people" concepts across the business world. Companies like Deloitte and Accenture ditched annual appraisals (having previously advised on their merit and implementation) and Trevor Philips criticised labels such as "BME" for being polarising and actually promoting discrimination.
A solicitor meeting a litigant in person should explain the concept of without prejudice privilege.
Want to set up a shoot? There are more people than ever shooting in the UK. But landowners need to watch out for pitfalls.
Welcome to the January 2016 edition of HR Law
An amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill could make it easier to value stock transfer properties at a high value.
The housing association sector’s main valuers are meeting with lenders and housing associations to decipher the impact of the deregulatory package on loan agreements and accounts valuations.
How do the latest proposals for the administration of insolvent social housing providers stack up?
The main aim of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 is to consolidate offences relating to slavery and human trafficking, but this is not the only reason the act has received so much public attention, particularly in the commercial world.
The Chancellor's Autumn statement included a commitment to allow Local Authorities to spend up to 100% of their fixed asset receipts (excluding Right to Buy receipts) on the revenue costs of reform projects. At the time, the examples given were of projects which allow councils to deliver more for less – e.g. home improvements that can help keep older people from needing to go to hospital.
From the RHI to FIT by way of ECO...
Over the 12 days of Christmas, we have been reflecting on the best of our news, analysis and opinions coverage on the website since 1 January 2015. Each day we have picked a different topic. Today, for the last in the series, we focus on sustainability
Some have expounded the theory that BIM and collaborative working are two sides of the same coin. But can a virtual “team” truly work collaboratively?
Following the publication of the National Construction Contracts and Law Survey 2015 towards the end of last year there has been speculation as to why the number of disputes in the industry has continued to rise.
Contracting authorities procuring in the economic downturn have been poorly served by traditional approaches to evaluating price.
A new law regulating real estate activities in Abu Dhabi takes effect today, heralding a new era in the capital’s property industry.
Even more contracts will be caught by the public procurement regime in the new year.
Four London councils are piloting the use of solar-charged batteries on their social housing, as government cuts to subsidies leave traditional rooftop panel installations “unviable”.
Will the Treasury’s recent policy paper encourage local authorities to drive competition?
Welcome to the December edition of Building Interest. In this edition, we look at how the Modern Slavery Act will affect the construction industry, the launch of the Heat Trust, a summary of the new CDM Regulations and the impact of the Budget and Autumn Spending Review on social housing providers. We also take a look at the new EU thresholds and highlight the new sub-threshold procurement rules and how governance procedures for contracting authorities should be reviewed.
In this article we touch on some of the issues raised in the government announcement on deregulation measures.