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Jun
01
2020

Hart v Large - significant damages awarded for surveyor negligence
#Dispute Resolution #Real Estate

In the recent case of Hart & Hart v Large & others, the High Court awarded significant damages to a couple who had relied, in purchasing a £1.2m property, on a HomeBuyer report produced by a surveyor....

May
29
2020

Building a Safer Future: Government response to consultation, update to Approved Document B, and Fire Safety Bill
#Construction

Last month the government published its response to the Building a Safer Future consultation on the proposals arising out of the recommendations in Dame Judith Hackitt’s report. The government has in the last 2 months implemented or begun the process of implementing a number of measures supporting this response....

May
29
2020

Immigration update: reopening of visa centres and the 14-day quarantine rule
#Immigration

UK visa application centres across the UK and the world will start to reopen from 1 June 2020. The reopening of these centres will allow applicants to ...

May
29
2020

Return to work considerations for employers: health and safety, duty of care and whistleblowing claims
#Employment

With increased easing of lockdown measures expected from next week, and businesses beginning to re-open, the inevitable employment law implications will arise from returning to work and ensuring that staff are safe....

May
28
2020

Unofficial work before start date not counted towards continuous employment
#Employment

In O’Sullivan v DSM Demolition Ltd, the Claimant’s contract of employment recorded a start date of 2 November 2015, ...

May
28
2020

ACAS publishes new guidance on mental health during Coronavirus
#Employment

Accompanying their recently commissioned YouGov survey, ACAS has published workplace guidance aimed at assisting staff manage their mental health at work. ...

May
22
2020

Immigration Update: Changes to the immigration rules, Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) for NHS workers waived and COVID-19
#Immigration

Immigration continues to be a key government policy, as it prepares for the end of the transition period in December 2020. ...

May
22
2020

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill
#Business Recovery & Insolvency #Corporate

The much anticipated Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill was published on the evening of 20 May 2020.Running to 238 pages (plus 64 pages of explanatory notes) it builds......

May
20
2020

Settlement Agreements and Confidentiality Clauses
#Employment

The High Court, ruling in Duchy Farm Kennels v Steels, has confirmed that an employer cannot avoid paying sums due under a settlement agreement (where the employee is suspected of breaching the confidentiality clause) unless confidentiality is actually a condition of the agreement....

May
20
2020

Employers to recover COVID-19 related SSP
#Employment

From 26 May 2020, small- and medium-sized employers will be able to recover some coronavirus-related SSP from HMRC. ...

May
20
2020

Government help offered to developers
#Commercial Real Estate

On 13 May 2020, the Government published guidance for local authorities on Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) matters and outlined its proposals to introduce temporary amendments to the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010....

May
15
2020

Do landlords need Government protection too?
#Commercial Real Estate

In addition to the passing of the Coronavirus Act 2020 which introduced a three month moratorium on evictions of commercial tenants for non-payment of rent, the Government has provided further protection for commercial tenants......

May
14
2020

Settlement Agreements - What Are They?
#Employment

A settlement agreement (or compromise agreement as it used to be known) is a contract between an employee and employer....

May
14
2020

ACAS Updates Grievance and Disciplinary Advice
#Employment

Acas has published new guidance on how employers should conduct disciplinary and grievance procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance emphasises that all previous guidance, such as the Acas Code of Practice will continue to apply, and that the new guidance hopes to assist in instances where employees have been furloughed, where workplaces are inaccessible, or where employees are working from home....

May
11
2020

Government Guidance on contractual behaviour due to Covid-19
#Construction

The construction industry faces the unprecedented challenge of how to deal with Covid-19. It has a key role in the UK economy and in rebuilding that economy through this crisis and in the years that follow. ...

May
11
2020

World Day for Safety and Health At Work 2020 – not just another day in the office!
#Commercial Real Estate #Construction

Last Tuesday (28 April) was World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Traditionally, this is the day each year when the International Labour Organisation (ILO) promotes safe, healthy and decent work surroundings....

May
11
2020

Your client is insolvent – six practical steps
#Construction #Business Recovery & Insolvency

As contractor, subcontractor or consultant, the nightmare scenario of your client/main contractor entering insolvency might be unavoidable and in a post Covid-19 world the risk is likely to be even higher. This might happen despite thorough pre-contract checks and risk protection measures....

May
11
2020

Crown Preference returns from 1st December 2020
#Corporate #Commercial #Business Recovery & Insolvency

The coronavirus pandemic has, rightly, dominated all press focus of the Government’s budgetary strategy. The Chancellor has introduced a swathe of measures to keep businesses going and the economy as far away from recession as possible. However, also included in the Chancellor’s budget last month was confirmation of the reintroduction of the Crown Preference from 1st December 2020. ...

May
11
2020

COVID-19, insolvency update and Company Voluntary Arrangements
#Commercial #Corporate #Business Recovery & Insolvency

A CVA is a contractual agreement which a company enters into with creditors, under which a company agrees to pay back, over a period of time, a percentage of the money that it owes to its creditors......

May
11
2020

COVID 19 and Business Interruption Insurance
#Commercial #Corporate #Business Recovery & Insolvency

Many businesses, particularly in the hospitality and leisure sector hold business interruption insurance, under which they are insured for the losses and costs arising as a consequence of an event which gives rise to business interruption – claims in the past have typically involved damage to business property....

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