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Social Housing Green Paper - a 60 second summary

The much anticipated Social Housing Green Paper has now been published by government.

Social Housing Green Paper - what does it mean for the housing market?

The much anticipated Social Housing Green Paper has now been published by Government

Founders’ Agreements — why it matters

Developing your business without a Founders’ Agreement can mean major problems in the future if you run into an issue that hasn’t been agreed from the outset.

Unison seeks to leave to appeal Mencap decision

Leasehold houses - Law Commission publishes game-changing proposals

Enfranchisement law is a complex area fraught with pitfalls and issues and has been the subject of considerable media attention recently in regard to leasehold houses and onerous ground rents.

HR Law - August 2018

Welcome to the August 2018 edition of HR Law.

Wellbeing: no longer a nice to have

Wellbeing is a higher priority for businesses than ever before. It is crucial to foster better employee morale and engagement, to promote a healthier culture and to lower sickness absence rates. Fit, happy employees improve productivity!

HR Law - July 2018

Welcome to the July 2018 edition of HR Law.

Thinking Business Issue 5

Welcome to the next UK edition of Thinking Business, with the latest market insight and opinion on issues affecting businesses in your region.

Housing Litigation Update - Summer 2018

Welcome to the summer edition of Housing Litigation Update 2018

Data privacy and information law

We understand that personal data is a huge asset to you, allowing organisations to work effectively and efficiently and provide excellent services to your customers and stakeholders. Holding and treating personal data in an appropriate way demonstrates good governance, enhances your reputation and business value, and protect one of your largest assets.

Protecting Assets & Business Value

When considering business value, the protection of intangible assets, intellectual property and confidential information (which includes more than just trade secrets), is often overlooked. Almost all businesses have such assets which could be damaged by employees or a team moving to a competitor or leaving on bad terms.

The end of Dana Gas saga?

Dana Gas PJSC (Dana Gas) recently announced that the majority of its sukukholders agreed to restructure its US$700 million worth of sukuk (the Sukuk) which was left in default when it matured in October last year. 

Contract Best Practice Nutshell – Exercising of Contractual Discretion Following Braganza

The UK Supreme Court in the case of Braganza v BP Shipping Ltd [2015] UKSC 17 (Braganza) revisited the principles of law...

A new approach to misconduct?

Over the last month there have been a couple of decisions dealing with misconduct dismissals which suggest that summary dismissal may be fair even if it is not possible to point to a specific instance of gross misconduct.

Making modular work in Manchester and the North West

In our second roundtable on modular construction we looked at the particular challenges of developing modular accommodation in Manchester and the North West, as recently highlighted by Joanne Roney, Chief Executive of Manchester City Council. 

Quarterly Housing Update Summer 2018

Welcome to the summer edition of Quarterly Housing Update.

Delivering the right homes in the right places

Views from a group of chairs of social housing providers on the forthcoming Social Housing Green Paper

When is an assured shorthold tenancy not an assured shorthold tenancy?

This 'bad joke' of property letting will not get many laughs from landlords finding themselves inadvertently burdened with tenancies which in effect have fully assured status, due to a failure to fully comply with the formalities required to grant an AST.

Making a mint – can tenants release their rights to light?

The recent case of Metropolitan Housing Trust Limited v RMC FH CO Limited [2017] EWHC 2609 (Ch) is a notable reminder to developers that they need to consider the different parties that may have a claim to rights of light over a development.

HR Law - June 2018

Welcome to the June 2018 edition of HR Law.

Housing Matters - May 2018

Welcome to the May edition of Housing Matters

Building Interest Spring 2018

Welcome to the Spring 2018 edition of Building Interest.

Housing Litigation Update - Spring 2018

Welcome to the Spring 2018 edition of Housing Litigation Update

Missing Wet Ink Signature in the Golden Belt Sukuk

The issuer (Golden Belt 1 Sukuk Company) and various hedge fund investors sued BNP Paribas (BNPP) alleging that BNPP had "negligently failed to take sufficient care or steps" to ensure that it had security over the assets...

TUPE Update May 2018

Here is our latest update on the most recent TUPE decisions of interest. In addition, the imminent arrival of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been keeping those tendering for contracts on their toes.

Public registers in British Overseas Territories – further regulatory pressure on overseas investors

On 1 May 2018, the UK parliament voted in favour of an amendment to the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill to require the British Overseas Territories to create “a publicly accessible register of the beneficial ownership of companies” containing information broadly equivalent to that available in the "People with Significant Control" (PSC) register in the UK.

DCN transformation in localities toolkit

This general legal guidance (guidance) has been commissioned by Grant Thornton and the District Councils’ Network (DCN) to supplement the “DCN Transformation in Localities Toolkit”. This guidance outlines the principal legal implications of collaboration between district councils.

Memorandum of Understanding between Abu Dhabi Judicial Department and Abu Dhabi Global Market Courts

Overseas companies owning UK property to disclose details of owners in public register

UK Unexplained Wealth Orders – relevance to overseas investors

On 31 January 2018, the UK government introduced Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs).

Sleep-ins - A tipping point?

conducted by Trowers & Hamlins and research consultancy, Agenda Consulting carried out an independent survey to analyse the issues surrounding the payment of sleep-ins and the national minimum wage (NMW).

HR Law - May 2018

Welcome to the May 2018 edition of HR Law

Strategic land sites

A quick summary of the key themes that arose from our breakfast roundtable discussion on strategic land sites.

Notice of termination and when it takes effect

The Supreme Court has held in Newcastle upon Tyne Foundation Trust v Haywood that, where there is no contractual provision governing when a notice of termination served by an employer takes effect, the contractual notice only takes effect when the employee has personally taken delivery of the letter containing the notice.

Start-ups and incubators

The rise of start-ups, entrepreneurs and small businesses has led to more demand in flexible working space, business services and business communities providing support to each other. Incubators are yet another form of support for your early stage start-up, and as with all forms of help, they can be very selective about the types of businesses they will help.

Is it time that we started taking modular construction seriously?

Modular construction is not a new term but, in the current climate, has become the buzzword to describe a whole range of methods relating to off-site fabrication, including component, and volumetric systems.

Commercial real estate asset management

Data Protection and Public Procurement: impact of GDPR

Public sector purchasers will be data controllers for most of the contracts they let. The new legislation on data protection has brought renewed focus on how data is handled but now also on how the supply chain processes that data.

The GDPR: Key considerations for the health and social care sector

Between June and September 2017, the Information Commissioner's Officer (ICO) recorded a 22% increase in incidents of data breach within the health sector, with the majority of cases due to data being faxed, posted or emailed to the wrong recipient, and paperwork being lost or stolen.