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Brexit - Two months on

Two months after the outcome of the referendum of the UK electorate became known, some early indications of possible directions of travel and the impact of Brexit can begin to be seen.

Long awaited response to the public sector exit payments consultation now published!

The consultation (which we responded to on your behalf) closed on 3 May 2016. The reforms will apply to the majority of the public sector workforce including civil servants, teachers, NHS workers, local government workers, armed forces personnel, police officers and firefighters. Following welcome clarification received by the National Housing Federation last month from the Department for Communities and Local Government, the new regime will not apply to private Registered Providers.

Cautionary tales from public procurement case law

This blog considers two points of interest for contracting authorities which arise out of the judgement in the public procurement case of Community Health NHS Foundation Trust v NHS Swale Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley [2016] EWHC 1393 (TCC) dated 27 May 2016.

Apple’s € 13 billion (plus interest tax bill)

The EU Commission has for some time had what it perceives as 'unfair' tax advantages offered by some EU member states to selected multi-national corporations. Its rationale is that this distorts competition against those other businesses which are not so favoured. Starbucks and Fiat have previously been found to have benefitted from similar tax advantages.

Housing Matters - September 2016

Welcome to the September edition of Housing Matters.

HR Law - September 2016

Welcome to the September 2016 edition of HR Law

Update on the public sector exit payment regulations

Finally, after months of uncertainty about whether the public sector exit payment regulations will apply to Registered Providers, we have some clarification!

The right to refuse disclosure and the concept of privilege

Many clients have had their fingers burnt – and their prospects of successfully defending employee claims also going up in smoke – as a result of their obligation to disclose documents which, with hindsight, they would have preferred had never been written or created, or at the very least, had not found their way into the possession of the employee or an employment judge.

Quarterly Commercial Update Summer 2016

Welcome to the Summer 2016 edition of Quarterly Commercial Update.

Brexit - implications and considerations for foreign investors interested in UK real estate

In the wake of Brexit, Trowers & Hamlins LLP has re-examined the key considerations for investors, particularly those from overseas interested in the UK real estate market.

Housing Litigation Update Summer 2016

Welcome to the summer 2016 edition of Housing Litigation Update

HR Law - August 2016

Welcome to the August 2016 edition of HR Law.

Making the most of privilege

Many clients have had their fingers burnt – and their prospects of successfully defending employee claims also going up in smoke – as a result of their obligation to disclose documents which, with hindsight, they would have preferred had never been written or created, or at the very least, had not found their way into the possession of the employee or an employment judge.

Dress codes, headscarves and conflicting Advocate General Opinions

The Advocate General's Opinion in Bougnaoui v Micropole Univers has just been published and concludes that a company policy requiring an employee to remove her Islamic headscarf when in contact with clients constitutes unlawful direct discrimination.

Commercial contracts in uncertain times

The full effects of the UK's referendum vote to leave the EU, a result widely known as "Brexit", have yet to become clear and perhaps will not be felt for some time. We do not know what the UK's relationship with the EU will look like in the future or when changes to this relationship will take effect.

Building Interest —— Summer 2016

Welcome to the Summer 2016 edition of Building Interest.

Liquidated damages in construction contracts in the Gulf

Increasingly we are being approached by construction clients, both employers and contractors, to provide advice in relation to the levying of liquidated damages for a failure by a contractor to achieve completion by the contractual dates for completion.

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.

JCT 2016 Edition

The Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) is currently in the process of updating its popular contract suite and the first new contracts have now been released.

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 2016 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.