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Family friendly changes - are you ready for 5th April?

Shared parental leave isn't the only change to family friendly rights on 5th April. Are you ready for the changes ahead?

Helen Randall is speaking at the inaugural Social Value and Procurement: Transparency in supply chains conference

Social Value and Procurement: Transparency in supply chains conference will be held on Monday 30th March.

Trowers & Hamlins participate on a panel at MJ Future Forum.

We are delighted to be participating in a panel discussion with Pinnacle PSG at the MJ Future Forum on Thursday 26 March.

Real Estate Framework taking shape

In our Legal Update in early February, we mentioned that the Minister of Justice expected implementing regulations to be issued imminently in respect of the Leasing Law and the Real Estate Development Law. These were then delayed and the Ministry explained that this was in order to give certain stakeholders time to provide their feedback on the proposed regulations.

Stalled projects and progress on recent laws

Law No. 27 of 2014 was introduced to regulate the area of Landlord and Tenant and seeks to address the uncertainty and confusion associated with rental laws in Bahrain.

Statutory Instrument 2015/620

We received notification that Statutory Instrument 2015/620, the Assured Tenancies and Agricultural Occupancies (Forms) (England) Regulations 2015, will come into force on 6 April 2015.

Make yourself State Aid aware - it pays to be prepared

With public authorities keen to take advantage of the greater freedoms on offer to pursue commercial interests, another less welcome focus has also come to the fore – the dreaded State Aid.  But the crux of the matter is that being State Aid aware, whether you are a public authority or its commercial partner, can be the difference between the success and failure of any new venture.

Akerman-Livingstone (Appellant) v Aster Communities Limited

This Supreme Court Judgement, handed down on Wednesday, concerns an appeal as to the proper approach of the courts when a defence of unlawful discrimination contrary to the Equality Act 2010 is raised in a claim for possession of the home.

Effective management of operational contracts

In recent weeks several local authorities have allocated additional resource to managing their major contracts.  In these times of austerity and cuts, this blog considers the justification of this investment, how to best use this resource and points to consider during contract negotiation.

CDM regs: Is this change we can believe in?

Investing in care

The clock is ticking

Why claiming Community Infrastructure Levy relief on disused buildings just got harder

Housing Matters - March 2015

Welcome to the March edition of Housing Matters.

The User’s Guide to the new Public Contracts Regulations 2015 โ€“ Trowers & Hamlins launch new booklet

On 26th February 2015 the new Public Contracts Regulations came into force and contracting authorities are now able to benefit from the many changes and will need to ensure that all of their procurement documentation complies with the new requirements.

Charity Tax Planning

In the current climate of heightened public awareness of how our High Street businesses arrange their tax affairs, particularly in the international arena, it might be tempting for charity trustees to adopt a cautious approach and take no action to minimise the charity's tax exposure. Is this the right strategy?

Swap shop

Do RPs need to be worried about interest rates on long-dated government bonds?

Socially responsible procurement report

Public Sector Commercial Partner Helen Randall made a significant contribution on the legal and local government content to the report launched on 10 March.

Where are the women law firm leaders?

Town and Village Green update: Making waves

Recent case highlights importance of addressing TVG risks early in a transaction.

South Northamptonshire and Cherwell District Councils announce pioneering new partnership

As the country gears up for the forthcoming elections, along with death and taxes, it seems certain that local authorities will once again become an easy target for government cuts.

The roof is leaking and the developer’s bust โ€“ what are the risks to contractors?

Building Interest

Welcome to the February edition of Building Interest.

Success through partnership

BIM bytes: Turning the art of delegation into a science

Five ways to tackle late payments

Cash flow is the life blood of every business. If you cannot settle your debts as they fall due you are very likely in financial distress and may be technically insolvent.

What’s underlying the HCA’s revised general consent to charge?

The regulator has no power without further legislation to directly restrict the ability of RPs to take out particular forms of finance.

What is an establishment?

The trigger for collective redundancy consultation - "20 or more redundancies within 90 days or less" - trips easily off the tongue for anyone who works within employee relations.  However, turn to the additional factor – at "one establishment" - and the certainty starts to fall away.

Asset and Liabilities Registers - February 2015

The introduction of the changes to the Regulatory Framework by the Homes and Communities Agency on 1 April 2015 will require RPs to have a comprehensive register of their assets and liabilities (Register).

Go all round the houses

To provide a tailored housing solution which meets the needs of each individual community, as the recent Elphicke-House report encourages local authorities to do, every local authority will have to look very carefully at the funding options available to them.

Drop in ‘traditional’ outsourcing models

Research has shown that the value of contracts signed by councils for outsourcing services plummeted last year as councils look at different ways of outsourcing. Helen Randall looks at the implications for local authorities.

Modelling in practice

What is the potential of Building Information Modelling for social landlords?

Anger rises in London over impact of the Vacant Building Credit

Councils and developers are united in opposing the recently introduced policy.

Drop in ‘traditional’ outsourcing contracts

The value of contracts signed by councils for outsourced IT and back-office services plummeted by more than £250m last year, according to research.

Is procurement worth it?

The European Union’s procurement regime has elicited mostly grumbles from social landlords since the sector came under its aegis in 2004.

Court rules in favour of leaseholders over repair costs

Landlords must consider the financial impact on leaseholders when seeking to charge for non-vital improvement works to their homes, an upper tribunal has ruled.

Get Britain Building - Infrastructure Act comes into force

On 12 February 2015, the Infrastructure Act came into force with the aim of making building in Britain easier, quicker and simpler.

No more broken promises โ€“ the Takeover Panel gets tough on post-offer commitments

Ever since Kraft's controversial takeover of Cadbury in 2010, the powers of the Takeover Panel to protect UK companies from overseas bidders have been in the spotlight. Kraft's reneging on its promise to keep Cadbury's Somerdale factory open raised questions as to how bidders can be held to account for pledges they make about a target's business. The debate about a Government public interest test for takeovers was reignited but ultimately it was left to the Takeover Panel to try to redress the balance of power in favour of target companies. A raft of amendments was introduced to the Takeover Code rulebook, but did the changes go far enough?

“Age of austerity” - what is a public body’s duty to consult?

A recent Court of Appeal case provides useful guidance on the law concerning a public body's duty to consult, especially in the "Age of Austerity".

EU Commission gets tough with amazon - should State aid rules be used to stem tax avoidance?

The run up to the general election will be dominated by the parties' proposals for reducing the budget deficit and funding public. services. Part of that debate will include competing explanations for one of the mysteries of the current economic recovery - the UK's rising GDP and falling unemployment has not increased tax receipts by as much as anticipated, leaving a bigger than expected hole in public