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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.

Quarterly Housing Update Spring 2018

Welcome to the spring edition of Quarterly Housing Update.

GDPR – What is it, and why should Malaysian businesses care?

25 May 2018 shall mark a significant chapter in global data privacy regulation history with the coming into force of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

What is SEIS & EIS? And what this means to your potential investors?

As the competition for funding is tough — the challenge for you is great. With very little or no financial history in place, you must prove you are a sound investment. Convincing investors in a crowded marketplace is not easy.

Gearing up for the GDPR: Marketing

In this next bulletin of our series on the General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"), we discuss issues around marketing and what impact the GDPR will have on how your organisation markets its products and services.

UK set to keep State Aid law

You may be relieved or disappointment, depending on your point of view, at the news that the UK is set to keep state aid control.

HR Law - April 2018

Welcome to the April 2018 edition of HR Law

The ‘5G city’—a ‘tremendously exciting opportunity’ but only ‘one part of the solution’

Money matters for start-ups

Unless you have the money saved, you will need to look at who can help you.

Creating healthier places

Outcomes from our second West Midlands health and housing round table.

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

Extensions of time: North Midland V Cyden Homes

When can a contractor claim a time extension for delays caused by the client? The case of North Midland Building v Cyden Homes is examined by Theresa Mohammed and Obaid Bin-Nasir.

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

Almost 50 years after the Equal Pay Act, why is gender inequality in construction still so blatant?

Understanding correct payment due notification

Systems Pipework v Rotary Building Services illustrates the importance of clearly notifying the amount due on a contract, writes Theresa Mohammed.

Commercial Update - March 2018

Welcome to the March edition of Commercial Update

Housing Matters - March 2018

Welcome to the March edition of Housing Matters.

Why construction should worry about its data protection

The looming General Data Protection Regulation is set to have far‑reaching implications for firms in the industry, impacting on everything from design models to supply chain databases. Assad Maqbool and Jack Eustice explain.

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.

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.

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.

Legal: Claiming for remedial work

If remedial works are needed, what steps should be taken to recover the costs?

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.