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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

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.