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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. [...]

25 07, 2016

Changes to Company Insolvency and Bankruptcy fees

By | July 25th, 2016|Dispute Resolution|

On 21 July 2016, an increase in the fees for bankruptcy and company insolvency came into force. The new fees will apply to any petition which is lodged with the Adjudicator or filed with the court on or after 21 July 2016. The new fee structure will also apply to any bankruptcy order or compulsory winding up order made on [...]

5 07, 2016

Brexit: Implications for Employment Law

By | July 5th, 2016|Employment, Human Resources & Recruitment|

In light of Brexit, the current landscape of UK employment law is uncertain.  Although it’s currently still business as usual, the decision to leave presents an opportunity to review the application of EU laws implemented in the UK. Some examples of legislation that may be subject to change are set out below: The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 Under EU law, [...]

27 06, 2016

Brexit – what does this mean for EU migrants and our UK Employment laws?

By | June 27th, 2016|Employment, Human Resources & Recruitment, Immigration|

Last week the UK voted to leave the European Union. EU nationals, their family members and their employers will be concerned about what happens next. Until the UK actually leaves the European Union EU nationals and their non-EEA family members* should continue to enjoy the same freedom of movement rights that have meant that they have been able to live [...]

24 06, 2016

Informal Contract Variation – Revisited

By | June 24th, 2016|Dispute Resolution, Services|

Informal contract variation cases are a bit like London buses - you wait years for one and then you get a convoy. Last week's Court of Appeal decision in MWB v Rock has settled the argument. Anti-informal variation clauses do not, as a matter of law, prevent informal variation of contracts.  However, that is not quite the same as saying [...]

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