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Projects and Construction - Overview

We are one of the largest and most experienced construction teams in the UK. With offices in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Exeter, we have a truly national presence. In addition, our offices in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Malaysia, Dubai and Oman allow us to bring local knowledge to international projects.

Influencing discriminatory decisions

What happens when a person influences a decision-maker in capability or disciplinary proceedings to take discriminatory action? Will that person be liable? It seems, following the recent Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decision in Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis v Denby, that they will.

Right to Buy receipts - Use them or lose them

A number of councils are struggling to spend their retained Right to Buy (RTB) receipts under the 1-4-1 retention agreement because of the restrictive rules that apply. We are working with local authorities who are using different methods to spend their retained RTB receipts

Maternity protection and whether to enhance shared parental pay

According to a report published by the Women and Equalities Committee (WEC) on pregnancy and maternity discrimination last August the number of expectant and new mothers forced to leave their jobs has almost doubled since 2005. Meanwhile, another report published following research carried out by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (the EHRC) found that 77% of women reported negative experiences at work related to their pregnancy or maternity.

HR Law - November 2017

Welcome to the November 2017 edition of HR Law.

Sleep-ins - the latest

The Government announced on 1 November that the "pause" of HMRC enforcement activity concerning payment of sleep-in shifts by social care providers will come to an end with immediate effect.

Refresh those contracts

Given that the beginning of April is the time when many employers implement changes to contractual terms and conditions, the autumn is a good time to start the planning process!

Quarterly Housing Update Autumn 2017

Welcome to the autumn edition of Quarterly Housing Update.

Introduction of a Real Estate Regulator in Bahrain

Real Estate Regulator in Bahrain

Value Added Tax in the UAE – initial guidance for UAE businesses

This note is designed as a short, manageable, summary of issues that businesses in the UAE will need to consider in order to be ready for the introduction of Value Added Tax as from 1 January 2018.  Further detailed review of the laws and regulations may be required.

The New Law & Common Ownership

The New Law & Common Ownership

The general data protection regulation - a guide on the key changes

Housing Delivery Partnerships – Removing barriers through collaboration

Partnerships of all kinds are not easy things to get right. They take work and commitment, good will, flexibility and compromise. That is no less true of housing delivery partnerships. Partnerships between the private sector, housing associations and public sector organisations with the aim of increasing the supply of new homes of all types are a vital part of the effort to tackle the housing crisis.

Thinking Real Estate Issue 5

Welcome to the fifth edition of Thinking Real Estate, where we share thoughts and ideas on topics across the real estate industry.

HR Law - October 2017

Welcome to the October 2017 edition of HR Law.

Suspension: pitfalls and best practice

Following the High Court's recent decision that a teacher's suspension was in breach of contract, it's worth taking a quick look at the law surrounding suspension and the practical issue of when it constitutes an appropriate course of action.

Housing with care - Beyond bricks and mortar

The number of 75-85 year olds is growing by 2.2% per year, yet the question of how to best support people as they grow older remains unresolved. Might housing with care be the solution? Might it help to solve the housing crisis? How does the market ensure it provides the quality people expect? What can we learn from other countries? In association with LaingBuisson's 'Care Markets’ we have produced a supplement that discusses all this and more - “Housing with care, Beyond bricks and mortar”.

The GDPR and cyber fraud - A step in the right direction?

As cyber crime is undoubtedly on the rise, and has been for some time, the severity (in the form of negative PR, financial loss and irreparable damage to reputation) of a data leak is something that ought to be a primary consideration for every organisation that stores data (sensitive or not).

Building Interest —— Summer 2017

Welcome to the Summer 2017 edition of Building Interest.

Housing Matters - September 2017

Welcome to the September edition of Housing Matters.

Employment Tribunal tactics

Following the Supreme Court's momentous decision in July 2017 Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal fees are now unlawful and fees are no longer payable.

Public sector expertise

The 2020 Council will need to be self-sustaining, entrepreneurial and commercially minded. Local government is changing fast to address new financial realities and the increasing demands of citizens. The sector faces complex challenges such as changes in how people live and work, the rise and impact of digital technology, the consequences of an ageing population and more diverse employment patterns. Partnership working and integration is becoming ever more important. Public sector.

Brexit immigration

Article 50 was triggered on 29 March 2017. According to the Treaty invoking Article 50 sets a two year clock which means the UK automatically ceases to be a member in April 2019.

Meeting your charging deadline: are you prepared?

How to speed up the charging process.

Construction case law update

Persimmon Homes Ltd v Ove Arup and Partners Ltd - Court of Appeal (Civil Division) - 25 May 2017

A Healthy Relationship: how can organisations effectively partner with the NHS?

It is now 20 years since the first Private Finance Initiative (PFI) hospital was announced and almost 15 years since the market based reform of the NHS paved the way for greater independent sector involvement in the delivery of NHS services.

HR Law - September 2017

Welcome to the September 2017 edition of HR Law.

Gearing up for the GDPR - Data processors and data sharing agreements

In this next bulletin of our series on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we discuss the changed role of "Data Processors".

Key issues driving increased joint working

Outcomes from a West Midlands health and housing round table - Summer 2017

Has shared ownership turned a corner in the eyes of lenders?

Shared ownership has been shunned as an asset class up until now - but is all that about to change?

The price isn’t right: valuations for stock transfer associations

Will the demise of S133 result in a financial boost for stock transfers? David Blackman reports

Tower blocks and the implications for loan arrangements

The terrible tragedy at Grenfell Tower has left the housing sector with much to consider.

Going out of fashion? Rent concession arrangements and penalty clauses

The High Court has ruled that a rent concession letter, which entitled the landlord to claim the full backdated reserved rent in the event of any breach by the tenant, was an unenforceable penalty. Douglas Rhodes considers the implications.

Has bringing a whistleblowing claim just got easier?

The last few months have seen a number of interesting decisions which appear to make it a little easier for workers to meet the criteria for bringing a whistleblowing claim.

Housing Litigation Update Summer 2017

Welcome to the Summer 2017 edition of Housing Litigation Update

Voluntary overtime to be included in holiday pay calculations

Following the Court of Appeal's decision in British Gas Trading Ltd v Lock and anor it has been established practice that the Working Time Regulations 1998 (the WTR) should be interpreted in line with the Working Time Directive (WTD) to include results-based commission in statutory holiday pay. However, the issue of voluntary overtime has remained a bit of a grey area.

Holidays

Looking forward to getting some sand between your toes?! As the holiday season fast approaches we thought it was worth a quick look at some recent decisions on the topic.

Supreme Court rules same sex survivors’ pensions benefits must not be restricted

The Supreme Court has decided that UK law unlawfully discriminates against survivors of same sex couples as it permits pension schemes to restrict their benefits to service accrued post December 2005.

“Good work”: the findings of the Taylor Review

HR Law - July 2017

Welcome to the July 2017 edition of HR Law.