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Inward Investment into UK Real Estate

Commercial property tax announcment

Construction Alert: What to do when you’re not getting paid?

The dynamics of construction and the importance placed on uninterrupted cash flow by its participants means that a payment dispute between any two parties will often ripple quickly through any project.

The Treatment of Escrow Accounts under the New Real Estate Law

The Treatment of Escrow Accounts under the New Real Estate Law

VAT in the UAE – A Quick Summary of What You Need to Know

VAT in the UAE

Developers: licensing under the New Law, what you need to know

Developers: licensing under the New Law, what you need to know

Workers can carry over leave when they are unable to take it for reasons beyond their control

The issue of what happens if an individual has been prevented from taking holiday because they are mistakenly regarded as being self-employed rather than a worker has been considered by the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

Housing Matters - November 2017

Welcome to the November edition of Housing Matters.

Housing Litigation Update Autumn 2017

Welcome to the Autumn 2017 edition of Housing Litigation Update

Private wealth services

Private Wealth concerns us all - whether you regard your assets as modest or substantial, it can take a lifetime or many generations to build your estate and protect your wealth.

Retirement for rent: aligning the build to rent and senior living sectors

The senior living and retirement village sector continues to build momentum, with organisations like L&G and AXA investing in platforms in this market.

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.

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.

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.

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