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May
08
2019

Effect of the notice or certificate of making good defects under a JCT contract
#Construction

In Swansea Stadium Management Company Ltd v City & County of Swansea and another [2019] EWHC 989 it was held that a notice or certificate of making good defects is conclusive that identified defects have been made good....

May
08
2019

Investing in the UK: The Tier 1 Investor Visa
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Entrepreneurs & Start-Ups

The UK’s economy is extremely resilient and continues to provide foreign investors with a stable base to access European markets and beyond. Following the closure of the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa, the Tier 1 Investor visa has become the primary choice for a significant number of investors to come to the UK....

May
03
2019

E-gates open to US nationals and six other countries from June 2019
#Immigration #UK Immigration #US Nationals #e-gate #EU nationals #passport

The days of US nationals and nationals of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea waiting in long queues for UK border control are numbered. From June 2019, nationals of these countries will be granted automatic entry to visit using the Electronic gates...

May
03
2019

Opportunity for all: HR and social mobility
#Employment

The 2018-2019 report of the Social Mobility Commission, released this week, provides an opportunity for HR professionals to consider ways to add further value to businesses....

May
02
2019

The importance of workplace culture – is your organisation “stuck in its ways”
#Employment

“Culture is the sum of a company’s values, traditions, beliefs, interactions, behaviours and attitudes” according to the co-founder of communications platform Speakap the company responsible for a new survey on the importance of workplace culture....

May
01
2019

‘Clarkslegal Announce Sponsorship of Henley Business Angels’ – Ashan Arif comments for UK Business Angels Association
#Entrepreneurs & Start-Ups #Press

Henley Business Angels (HBA) is delighted to welcome leading Thames Valley commercial law firm, Clarkslegal LLP, as a new sponsor....

Apr
30
2019

Menopause matters – CIPD launches new guidance to help workplaces tackle the taboo
#Employment

Research from the CIPD suggests that menopause in the workplace remains mismanaged and shrouded in silence, despite impacting an increasing number of employees. The NHS states that the average age for menopause transition in the UK is 51. ...

Apr
30
2019

CIPD and PA consulting highlight lack of HR input in automation
#Information Technology #Employment

We are a “long way from the ‘robots will take my job’ anxiety that dominates the media’s image of AI and automation” states Katherine Henley, workforce transformation expert at PA Consulting. ...

Apr
29
2019

Hey that's my content - now YouTube, where's my licence?
#Information Technology #Commercial

You may have heard that the EU Council has voted in favour of the Copyright Directive passed by the EU Parliament. Existing copyright law within the EU is complicated and varies from country to country. ...

Apr
26
2019

Gender Pay Gap: Study reveals that men are more likely to ask for a pay rise than women
#Employment

A survey conducted by CV-Library on 1,200 UK workers has revealed that 64% of men were comfortable asking for a pay rise, compared to just 43% of women. On top of this, when women did ask for a pay rise, this averaged at around 2% of their salary, in comparison to men receiving a rise between 3-5%....

Apr
26
2019

Preparing for changes to the off-payroll working rules (IR35)
#Employment

Reforms to the tax framework known as IR35 have been lurking in the background since autumn 2018 when the government announced its intention to extend the regime to the private sector. ...

Apr
26
2019

Cybercrime, it can happen to anyone.
#Information Technology

The takeaway from the Hiscox Cyber Readiness Report 2019 is that Cybercrime can happen to us all. It’s a real threat that can have crippling effects on businesses in both the short term, as they can lead to the loss of valuable data and resources, and in the long term, as it often results in the breakdown of existing client relationships and the ability to attract new ones. ...

Apr
24
2019

EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit
#Immigration #Inward Investment

If you are a non-EEA family member and your family member has been granted pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you can either travel or join them in the UK on an EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit. If you are a non-EEA family member and your family member has been granted pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you can either travel or join them in the UK on an EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit. Requirements...

Apr
23
2019

Using s35 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 to vary the service charge provisions in a lease
#Real Estate

Section 35 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 (LTA 1987) (as amended by the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002), provides that a party to a long lease may apply to the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal (LVT) to vary the lease on the grounds that the lease fails to make “satisfactory” provision in respect of one of the circumstances specified in section 35(4), LTA 1987. ...

Apr
18
2019

The UK is open for Tech: Start-ups continue to grow despite Brexit
#Information Technology #UK Immigration

The UK continues to focus on attracting the best tech talent to its shores. Since the introduction of the Tier 1 (Exceptional) Talent visa in December 2013, the UK has increased the yearly cap on these visas. Last month and broadened its offer through the introduction of the Start-up and Innovator Visa routes....

Apr
18
2019

Employer not liable for Christmas party injuries
#Employment

The High Court has ruled in Shelbourne v Cancer Research UK that the employer was not liable for the back injuries sustained by the employee at a Christmas Party. A visiting scientist attending the party had picked up the Claimant and dropped her, causing a severe back injury....

Apr
18
2019

Low Pay Commission Consultation 2019 – calling all evidence!
#Employment

A new consultation has been opened by the Low Pay Commission (LPC) seeking views on the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) rates that should apply from April 2020. ...

Apr
16
2019

Better facial recognition comes at a price
#Information Technology

Facial recognition (“FR”) is rapidly becoming part and parcel of everyday life. Whether to get through passport control or simply to unlock your phone, the technology reads the delicate contours and intricacies of your face to establish identification. Airports market it as a more reliable and efficient means of tracking who enters and exits the country, and Apple says they’re saving you time, better protecting you and the deeply personal information kept on your phone....

Apr
16
2019

‘What business leaders can learn from the Ted Baker harassment scandal’ - Helen Beech comments for Elite Business
#Employment #Press

In the wake of Ray Kelvin’s resignation as CEO of Ted Baker following harassment allegations from staff, here’s how business leaders can keep their company free from “sexual innuendos” and inappropriate conduct ...

Apr
15
2019

The end of section 21 notices?
#Dispute Resolution #Real Estate

It has been widely reported this week that the government will be ending the current ‘no fault’ eviction regime, which enables landlords to give residential tenants two months’ notice to end their tenancy agreement under section 21 of the Housing Act 1988. The move is designed to give tenants more security and stop ‘retaliatory’ evictions (where landlords end a tenancy after the tenant complains about disrepair)....

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