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‘Grenfell tragedy changes everything’

Housing associations and councils across the country with medium-to high rise residential tower blocks have been reviewing fire safety while testing any cladding materials on their buildings in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire.

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

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.


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.

Thinking Business Summer 2017

CMA outlines emerging concerns in care homes market

The Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive

The Health Tech Survey 2017

Welcome to the first Trowers & Hamlins Health Tech survey.

Quarterly Housing Update Summer 2017

Welcome to the Summer 2017 edition of Quarterly Housing Update.

Investing in London

Property tax & market insight

A fresh look at procurement - June 2017

At MIPIM 2017 Trowers & Hamlins launched a survey to take a fresh look at the procurement process.

Unfair ground rents

Ground rents are generally seen to be a way for the land owner to receive some form of rent for the value of the land on which a property is built, as opposed to rent on the property itself.

Qatar in crisis and the immediate impact on its construction industry

As the latest crisis involving the State of Qatar continues to play out, it has already been widely reported that, among other things, the Transport Authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has immediately closed the only land route in and out of Qatar.

Housing Matters - June 2017

Welcome to the June edition of Housing Matters.

HR Law - June 2017

Welcome to the June 2017 edition of HR Law.

Building Interest —— Spring 2017

Welcome to the Spring 2017 edition of Building Interest.

Three-month gap breaks series of deductions for holiday pay

The Supreme Court may have recently refused permission for British Gas to appeal against the Court of Appeal's ruling in British Gas Trading Ltd v Lock and anor that the calculation of holiday pay should include results-based commission, but that doesn't spell the end for holiday pay-related issues.

General election manifestos; the lowdown

Structural integrity

One of the most important decisions that those setting up a charity will make is which legal structure they should adopt. Broadly, the choice is between an unincorporated association, a trust, a company limited by guarantee (CLG), a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO), and a community benefit society (CBS). There are advantages and disadvantages to each, and those setting up the charity will of course want to try to choose the most appropriate legal structure for their situation.

Brexit update: Litigation and arbitration

Licening team update - Election special

Welcome to our May 2017 bulletin, in which we consider topical issues for the licensing leisure sector. In this edition we focus on the possible impact of the 2017 General Election; updates on the "late night levy", the implications of the Immigration Act 2016 and proposed reform of the Licensing Act 2003.

Brexit: approaching a year on

Nearly a year after the outcome of the referendum of the UK electorate became known, Article 50 has been triggered and an election called but uncertainties remain.

Quality of work needs to improve to boost employee morale

Gearing up for the GDPR: Rights of Data Subjects

Construction law case summaries update 2017

Term Alliancing Contract

Repairs & Maintenance: Looking again at delivery models

Key issues for asset management professionals

Framework Alliance Agreement

HR Law - May 2017

Welcome to the May 2017 edition of HR Law.

Auto-enrolment – all employers to comply by the first quarter of 2018

By the first quarter of 2018, all employers (regardless of size and date of establishment) will be obliged to auto-enrol certain staff into a pension scheme.