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May
24
2018

Monica Atwal talks GDPR with Rufus Hound on talkRADIO
#Data Protection #Press

Listen again to Monica Atwal, Managing Partner at Clarkslegal LLP talking to Rufus Hound on tallRADIO discussing GDPR. ...

May
23
2018

‘Top 5 tips when looking for and taking on restaurant premises’ – Simon Ralphs writes for Time & Leisure
#Food and Restaurants #Real Estate #Press

Often the hardest part of opening a restaurant is finding the perfect premises and location for your venture but once you are in then you then need to make it a success....

May
23
2018

Billionaire Roman Abramovich is having issues renewing his Investor visa
#Immigration #Inward Investment

Russian billionaire businessman Roman Abramovich’s Tier 1 Investor visa extension application is still under scrutiny despite him previously satisfying the Home Office he was eligible. Last week, the Financial Times reported that Abramovich had returned to Russia after his Investor visa expired and his current application is “taking longer than usual” to be processed. Whilst little is known about the reasoning behind the delay, many have speculated that the Home Office is looking into the source of his investment funds....

May
18
2018

Over 6000 key skilled workers are denied entry to the UK
#Immigration #Inward Investment

According to a FOI request to the Home Office, approximately 6,080 skilled workers have been unable to apply for Tier 2 visas due to their sponsors being unable to secure Restricted CoS for them. This relates to CoS applications made between December 2017 to March 2018 and includes 3,500 applications for engineering, IT, technology, STEM teaching and medical roles with professional services making up the remainder. ...

May
18
2018

Asking employee if he still supported ISIS was not discrimination due to previous comments
#Employment

In Bakkali v GMB (South) Ltd, the Employment Appeal Tribunal decided that asking a Moroccan Muslim bus driver whether he "still supported Islamic State" was neither direct discrimination nor harassment related to race or religion....

May
18
2018

Over 50% Increase in Minimum Wage backpay
#Employment

The government have published figures for the 2017-2018 tax year which show that the number of workers who have received back pay due to underpayments of the minimum wage has more than doubled since the previous year. ...

May
11
2018

Supporting mental health in the workplace
#Employment

Next week is Mental Health Awareness week (14 – 20 May 2018) so what better time to reflect on the last 12 months which have seen much positive activity in the field of supporting mental health in the workplace. October 2017 saw two comprehensive publications issued: the ACAS guidance “Promoting positive mental health in the workplace” and the Stevenson / Farmer review of mental health and employers, “Thriving at work”. ...

May
11
2018

Is HR ready for the revolution?
#Employment

It is not protests in the streets and the overturning of our Government by violence we fear, at least not yet anyway. However, there is a quiet and transformational revolution going on that will deeply affect just about everyone over time....

May
11
2018

Constructive Dismissal: Substantial pay reduction cannot amount to a ‘reasonable or proper’ cause
#Employment

An employee can be unfairly dismissed if they resign as a result of an employer’s repudiatory breach, known as ‘constructive dismissal’. ...

May
11
2018

Low take up of fee refunds
#Employment

According to a letter from the Lord Chancellor to the Justice Committee last month, a large number of eligible people have failed to apply for a refund of tribunal fees paid. The Ministry of Justice is sending letters to those affected to try to raise awareness in this regard. ...

May
10
2018

OASIS Group Again Strengthens UK Market Foothold
#Corporate

Clarkslegal, led by corporate lawyers Jon Chapman and Esma Kilic, continue to advise OASIS Group on all of their UK acquisitions....

May
08
2018

Enforcing an adjudication award – An open and shut case?
#Dispute Resolution

There is a long history of the court supporting the enforcement of adjudication awards. Typically, summary judgment will be granted unless a lack of jurisdiction or breach of natural justice can be established. The court will not look behind the findings in the adjudication award itself. ...

May
08
2018

Sellers and Landlords Beware - Why you must keep replies you give to enquiries up to date
#Real Estate

The importance of Sellers and Landlords ensuring the replies they give to pre-contract enquiries are kept up to date throughout a transaction and that the Buyer or Tenant is notified of any changes was recently highlighted in the case of First Tower Trustees Limited and another v CDS (Superstores International) [2017] EWHC B6 (Ch). A misrepresentation claim was made by the Tenant when their prospective Landlord failed to update replies to enquiries. ...

May
04
2018

High Court upholds ‘right to be forgotten’
#Data Protection

The right to have your personal data erased in certain circumstances, known as the ‘right to be forgotten’, hit the headlines back in 2014 when the European Court of Justice ruled that Google should amend its search results so as not to display certain information; in that case information about a Spanish citizen’s past financial difficulties....

May
04
2018

Electoral Commission probe highlights the risks of making errors in redactions
#Data Protection

The UK Electoral Commission is facing an ICO investigation after inadvertently releasing details of donors to a pro-union campaign group on its website. ...

May
04
2018

Highly skilled South Asian workers say they are the new Windrush scandal
#Immigration #Inward Investment

This week, hundreds of South Asian highly skilled workers protested outside Parliament claiming they are the victims of the next Windrush scandal. The protest comes after Sajid Javid was appointed Home Secretary after Amber Rudd resigned for misleading the Home Affairs Select Committee over targets for removal of migrants during the Windrush scandal. ...

May
02
2018

Looking to do business in the UK? Here’s what you need to know about data protection…
#Data Protection #Inward Investment

Data protection rules in the UK are set to be overhauled on 25th May 2018 with the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which will be applicable across the EU....

May
02
2018

BIM: Opportunities, challenges, and new developments
#Construction

Recently I was asked for my views on the potentials and challenges of BIM in light of the Winfield Rock Report and the new CIC BIM Protocol. This blog summarises some of the key themes....

May
02
2018

Retention Deposit Scheme Bill – an update
#Construction

It is hoped by many that the well-publicised Main Contractor insolvency earlier this year may prove to be a huge catalyst for change in the construction industry. One of the key focus areas is the future of retentions. A private members bill, the Construction (Retention Deposits Scheme) Bill, also known as the “Aldous bill” after Peter Aldous MP, has been picking up traction since its first reading in January 2018. At last count, over 120 MP’s had given the bill their backing. In late April, industry bodies including BESA, representing 355,000 business across the construction industry handed in a petition to 10 Downing St. The petition called for payment and retention reform. Whilst the second reading due on 27 April 2018 was postponed to 15 June 2018, the wording of the bill has now been published. ...

May
02
2018

Construction Risk Video - Part 3
#Construction

In this video, Hannah Mycock-Overell, Senior Solicitor examines issues surrounding record keeping in construction projects. What records should be kept, and how best to prepare records should a delay or other issue arise to minimise later costs if a dispute occurs. ...

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