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The New Law & Common Ownership —— October 2017

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.

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.