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Nov
07
2017

Collateral Warranties: What to look for?
#Construction

Collateral warranties are a key feature of the construction industry, and they enable beneficiaries such as funders, tenants or purchasers of a development to have a contractual link with the project team. Whilst it is possible to utilise the third party rights act, this route is limited, as seen in the case of Hurley Palmer Flatt Limited v Barclays Bank plc [2014] and you can read our analysis here....

Nov
07
2017

An uncertain future for “Smash & Grab”
#Construction

recent decision in the Technology and Construction Court has prompted the industry to once again reflect on the well-documented cases of ISG v Seevic and Harding v Paice, from which the phrase “Smash & Grab” was born. ...

Nov
06
2017

Will lawyers save the planet?
#Environment

Very soon a Norwegian court will hear a case based on environmental concerns against the issue of oil exploration licences. The case is helpfully reported in The Economist (Nov 4-10th)....

Nov
03
2017

Tribunal Fees: Where are we now?
#Employment

Since the Supreme Court’s decision on 26 July 2017 that the existing scheme of Employment Tribunal fees was unlawful, the future for employment claims has been in a state of flux. In our article in September 2017 ...

Nov
03
2017

Ignorance is bliss: decision-maker unaware of protected disclosure defeats automatic unfair dismissal claim
#Employment

We reported on the EAT’s decision in Royal Mail v Jhuti back in the summer. Unhappy with the EAT’s decision, Royal Mail appealed to the Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal restored some sense by confirming that employees cannot claim they have been automatically dismissed for making a disclosure if the decision-maker was unaware of the protected disclosure(s)....

Nov
02
2017

Michael Sippitt recently attended the TAG Alliances Conference in Quebec City
#Environment

At the TAG Alliances conference recently held in Quebec City a plenary session on climate change was moderated by Michael Sippitt, Chairman of UK law firm Clarkslegal LLP and of the a Commonwealth Environmental Investment Platform (CEIP)....

Nov
01
2017

Zafar Kanani writes for Finance Digest on What are investor syndicates and how can they work for you?
#Clarkslegal #Entrepreneurs & Start-Ups #Press

Angel investing is by its nature a risky endeavour. Every investor naturally has an overarching goal to minimise risk and maximise returns. In the context of angel investing, ensuring that the relevant elements needed to achieve this are in place is easier said than done. ...

Oct
27
2017

Right to Work: Employing International Students
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

Some international students from outside the EEA are allowed to work in the UK, depending on the conditions of their visas. Where they are permitted to work, students can work part time during their studies, full time during vacation periods and any period of time between completing their studies and the expiry of their student visa. Employers wishing to take on such students should be aware of the additional right to work checks required....

Oct
27
2017

ICO: Notification requirement to be removed, however fee regime will continue
#Employment

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has announced that it will drop requirements for data controllers to notify the ICO of data processing activities but will retain a fee regime, when the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force from May 2018....

Oct
27
2017

A much-needed win for vulnerable and exploited domestic workers
#Employment

As we have previously blogged, UK law does not do enough to protect migrant domestic workers in the UK from abuse, exploitation and modern slavery....

Oct
27
2017

Greek government falls short with discriminatory height requirement for police
#Employment

The ECJ has held in Ypourgos Ethnikis Pedias kai Thriskevmaton v Kalliri that a minimum height requirement of 170cm imposed by the Greek Government for men and women wishing to join the police force, amounted to indirect sex discrimination and could not be objectively justified....

Oct
27
2017

Government announces start of tribunal fees refund scheme
#Employment

Following the Supreme Court’s ruling this summer that Employment Tribunal fees were unlawful, the government has announced its fees refund scheme: individuals will be refunded their original fee along with an interest of 0.5% calculated from the date of the original payment up until the refund date....

Oct
24
2017

Clarkslegal's Michael Sippitt chairs panel discussion at TAG Alliances Conference
#Clarkslegal #Press

Clarkslegal partner Michael Sippitt chaired a discussion at meeting in Quebec City of the TAG Alliances,...

Oct
20
2017

Tier 2 Sponsor Duties: Record Keeping
#Immigration #Employment #Inward Investment

Tier 2 sponsors are required to fulfil certain duties throughout the duration of their sponsor licence. Failure to comply with any of the sponsor duties, is likely to lead to a licence being suspended or in a worst-case scenario revoked and sponsored workers seeing their leave curtailed....

Oct
13
2017

Mental Health Week 2017: tackling the stigma of mental health in the workplace
#Employment

The 10th October marked World Mental Health Day and this year’s theme was ‘mental health in the workplace’....

Oct
13
2017

Postal staff threaten strike action over Pensions
#Employment

Since March 2017, under the Trade Union Act, strikes require a turnout of at least 50% of all eligible voters. In the first large scale vote since the legislation came into force, postal workers represented by the Communications Workers Union (CWU) have voted to strike with a turnout of 73.7% easily passing this 50% threshold. Of those who voted an overwhelming 89% backed the strike....

Oct
13
2017

Tier 2 Sponsors: Preparing for a UKVI Compliance Visit
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

Sponsor licence holders are all too familiar with the challenges of maintaining compliance with UKVI requirements. All sponsors should expect a compliance visit at some point and any visit should be taken very seriously!...

Oct
13
2017

Modern Slavery: is your organisation doing all it should to comply?
#Supply Chain Governance #Outsourcing & Supply Chain #Employment

The Modern Slavery Act requires all businesses with an annual global turnover at least £36 million to produce a modern slavery statement each year. It should include details of what (if anything) the business is doing to combat modern slavery and human trafficking within its business and supply chain – both in the UK and abroad. This should be published within six months of the end of their financial year. This statement must be published on the business’ website, with a link to it in a prominent place on the homepage....

Oct
13
2017

GDPR: the ICO attempts to clarify obligation to report serious data breaches
#Employment

Faced with misleading press stories, the ICO has been addressing misconceptions about the GDPR by publishing myth busting blogs, including on the new requirement to report serious breaches of personal data....

Oct
10
2017

EIS and SEIS – what are these and how can you benefit?
#Commercial

The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) are schemes run by the government offering generous tax breaks to encourage SME growth and investment in such companies....

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