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The NDA check list for start-ups

One of the ways in which you can protect your information, ideas and business is through a non-disclosure agreement, also called a "NDA".

The Real Value Report

Establishing the real value in development

Grove v S&T ruling: the end for ‘smash and grab’ adjudication?

The latest Technology and Construction Court judgment seeks to unravel the findings of an earlier ISG case. Theresa Mohammed and Stephanie Geesink explain.

Systems Pipework v Rotary Building Services

Theresa Mohammed illustrating the importance of clearly notifying the amount due on a contract.

Thinking Real Estate Issue 6

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

Theresa Mohammed comments in Building today on the Equal Pay Act

Commercial Update - March 2018

Welcome to the March edition of Commercial Update

Housing Matters - March 2018

Welcome to the March edition of Housing Matters.

Seven steps to creating your business plan

When it comes to planning, there's so much information available to help you write this, and it can get overwhelming on how to start. Essentially, the only real difference in creating a business plan for your start-up and that of an established business is how well the market will respond to your proposition as your level of uncertainty is greater, but the structure of the plan is the same. We’ve devised a simple structure that you can use to help you plan – starting with the end in mind.

Strength in real estate - March 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of strength in real estate, showcasing some of our best track record in the sector.

Tackling unfair leasehold practices

The place of the lease in the UK property market looks set to change as the Government issues its response to the recent consultation on tackling unfair practices in the leasehold market, and proposes significant legislative amendment including a ban on both the use of leases of houses and the inclusion of ground rents in all leases.

How quickly do you pay your suppliers? Large businesses set to disclose their payment practices

From 1 April 2018, housing providers may need to comply with reporting rules requiring large businesses to disclose on details of their payment practices, policies and performance. The regulations (which came into force last April) are part of the Government's efforts to tackle a late payment culture and to expose payment practices to public scrutiny.

Owner Managed Businesses

Whatever the size of your business, or stage, from start-up to fifth generation trading companies, we understand that owner-managers have distinct needs. The need to nurture and grow the business, to look after and motivate staff, to have the agility to manage change whilst taking a long term view and of course the need to manage both business matters and personal affairs. We understand that for an owner-manager, business is personal.

Opting for arbitration proceedings to resolve a dispute?

Take a seat...

Break notices - pay extra caution when serving notice on or around assignment

Structural options — what’s the best legal structure for your start-up?

One of the first and biggest legal decisions that you have to make when starting up is what structure your business should take. There are many different options available and your chosen structure can affect many aspects of your business such as taxes, liability and exit strategy.

UK tax roundup for inward investment into UK residential real estate

In this bulletin, we set out the major UK tax implications of inward investment into the UK residential real estate market.

Inward Investment into UK commercial real estate – overview of UK tax issues

There are various UK tax issues to consider when acquiring UK commercial (i.e. non-residential) real estate as an investment.

Sexual Harassment

With headlines dominated by Harvey Weinstein, the rallying cry of #MeToo against sexual assault and harassment, and the spotlight now on the men-only Presidents Club fundraising event, sexual harassment is receiving high levels of attention. This is a serious issue and, as Acas has issued new guidance on the topic, it's perhaps a good time for employers to remind themselves of what constitutes sexual harassment, what employer's obligations are, and the most effective ways of dealing with allegations of harassment at work and in the workplace.

Market Welcomes Oman Real Estate Fund Initiative

Over recent years, there has been a growing demand within the Oman market for alternative methods by which institutional and retail investors might access the local real estate market through collective risk sharing/investment vehicles. Additionally, large real estate owners have been seeking to unlock some of the capital value within their real estate portfolios other than through traditional bank leverage. Recent legislative changes have now addressed these demands. The issuance of the Ministry of Housing Ministerial Decision in November 2017, facilitating the acquisition of real estate by real estate investment funds, was the first step in opening the market to a broader ownership category and the launch of the CMA's Real Estate Investment Fund Regulations in January 2018 now provides detailed regulation to guide the funds market and encourage the establishment of both public and private funds in Oman.

The start-up’s guide to the GDPR

You may have read about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and wondered if it applies to you? This new piece of legislation comes into effect on 25 May 2018 replacing the EU Data Protection Directive and to become the European Union's new data protection law. In fact, it is considered as one of the most significant changes in data privacy law in recent years.

Quarterly Housing Update Winter 2017/18

Welcome to the winter edition of Quarterly Housing Update.

Commercial Update - January 2018

Welcome to Commercial Update

Private wealth update

This is the first edition of what will become a regular legal update. Private Wealth covers a huge range of legal subjects and this newsletter is intended to pull together the various specialisms that this firm can offer and highlight topics that are currently in the news.

Dispute resolution and litigation services

Our team of over 100 litigators across 9 offices in the UK and the Middle and Far East and act for government authorities, corporates and individuals to resolve business critical disputes, high stakes litigation and matters of public importance.

HR Law - January 2018

Welcome to the January 2018 edition of HR Law.

Employment: what to expect in 2018

It's the beginning of another year, so what's new on the employment law front? First up is the introduction of a new data protection regime for the 21st century, which will confer more rights on individuals and give authorities greater enforcement powers. There are also changes afoot to the way in which the taxation of termination payments are dealt with, which will affect all those of you entering into settlement agreements over the coming months.

Top five legal considerations when creating your start-up

New Year. New Start. New business — what’s your plan? There are lots of things to think about at this exciting time — creating your business is just one of them and should not be overlooked in your early stages.

Thinking Business Issue 4

Welcome to our Middle East edition of Thinking Business

UK Autumn Budget 2017

In the UK Autumn Budget on 22 November 2017, the government announced a significant change in the taxation of inward investment into UK real estate. The change is due to take effect as from 1 April 2019 and draft legislation will be published in summer 2018. Comments to the government must be submitted by 16 February 2018.

Building Interest —— Autumn 2017

7 key facts that Middle East businesses need to know about the GDPR

The European Union’s (EU) new data protection regulation, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), aims to reduce the effects of data breaches and will likely have a large international impact - it has been anticipated to affect 28 million companies worldwide. For Middle East (ME) organisations, this represents a significant change - there is currently no specific formal legal framework tackling data protection across GCC states (except in the State of Qatar and free zones in the UAE). There are many reports of the dangers of non-compliance and the UK Information Commissioner has already alluded to the extent of misinformation and scaremongering. The GDPR will take effect on 25 May 2018 and we have therefore identified 7 key questions that any ME business needs to ask itself in order to identify whether the GDPR may apply to it and what they should do before May 2018

Inward Investment into UK Real Estate

Commercial property tax announcement

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