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17 01, 2017

Brexit Means Brexit

By | January 17th, 2017|Employment, Immigration|

The Prime Minister Teresa May has today confirmed that when she says ‘Brexit Means Brexit’ she means that the UK will leave the single market when it leaves the European Union. The single market is a trade bloc that guarantees the ‘four freedoms’ of the European Union: goods, capital, services and people. Leaving the single market is therefore likely to [...]

17 01, 2017

How BoS rushed borrowers on shared appreciation mortgages

By | January 17th, 2017|Construction, Dispute Resolution, Real Estate, Real Estate|

The details of how Bank of Scotland rushed older borrowers into hugely expensive mortgages where their debt rose with house prices have been revealed by a This is Money investigation. Evidence has emerged that the bank - which has previously been criticised for sharp sales practices - hurried customers approaching retirement into signing up to shared appreciation mortgages without financial [...]

11 01, 2017

Your Lawyer’s Involvement Does Not Automatically Provide Privilege Protection

By | January 11th, 2017|Dispute Resolution|

This article discusses the recent decision of the High Court in The RBS Rights Issue Litigation [2016] EWHC 3161 (Ch), in which it was held that communications with lawyers and working papers prepared by clients and their lawyers (whether in house or external) for the purposes of obtaining and giving legal advice, will not necessarily be privileged from disclosure if [...]

5 12, 2016

Breakfast Seminar: Financial Risk Hedging 101

By | December 5th, 2016|Real Estate, Services|

What: A practical introduction to the concepts of hedging, focusing on interest rates and foreign exchange exposures. The seminar will address: Why is it needed? How is it documented? How is the decision taken? Why does it go wrong and what are the consequences? The seminar will last no more than 45 minutes with an opportunity to ask questions and [...]

29 11, 2016

NHBC Sheltered Housing Code

By | November 29th, 2016|Real Estate, Real Estate|

There are often occasions where so detailed corners of the law do not emerge unless one has to deal with them in a particular case. The NHBC Sheltered Housing Code (“the Code”) is one such example. It is an important Code as it governs the relationship between the residents, the builder/developer, the purchaser and the management organisation. It results in [...]

9 11, 2016

Changes To The Construction And Engineering Pre-Action Protocol

By | November 9th, 2016|Construction, Real Estate|

The Pre-Action Protocol for Construction and Engineering Disputes (the Protocol) has proved to be an effective platform for settling disputes, but a revision to the Protocol provides a welcome way of dealing with two situations where the old Protocol was ineffective: where there is a serious dispute which does not require detailed factual enquiry and where there is some disagreement [...]

8 11, 2016

What’s New in Immigration Law?

By | November 8th, 2016|Employment, Human Resources & Recruitment, Immigration|

On 3 November 2016, the Home Office announced that a series of changes to the Immigration Rules will come into effect on 24 November 2016. Many of these changes were announced earlier in the year so the content of the changes hasn’t come as a surprise. A summary of the key changes is set out below. Tier 2 The most [...]

7 11, 2016

Brexit HC Ruling

By | November 7th, 2016|Services|

Brexit means Brexit – or does it? The topic of Brexit has polarised the population of the UK but cabinet members have so far presented a united message that “Brexit means Brexit”. On 3 November 2016 the High Court delivered a judgment of considerable constitutional importance, deciding that the Government does not have the requisite power to invoke Article 50 [...]

4 11, 2016

Uber Drivers Win Case for “Worker” Status

By | November 4th, 2016|Employment, Human Resources & Recruitment, Services|

In a landmark ruling last week, the Employment Tribunal examined the relationship between Uber and its drivers and found that they were not self-employed contractors as the popular ride-sharing company claimed but rather that they come within the legal definition of “workers” and are protected under the Working Time Regulations, the National Minimum Wage Act and the whistleblowing provisions of [...]

31 08, 2016

IHT to be Charged on UK Residential Property Owned by an Offshore Company or Trust

By | August 31st, 2016|Private Client, Real Estate, Services, Tax|

What are the changes? The Government is consulting on changes which will mean that non-domiciles can no longer escape a UK IHT charge on UK residential property by owning it through an offshore vehicle such as a company or trust.  The period for consultation runs until 20 October 2016 and the changes will come into effect from 6 April 2017. [...]

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