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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. ...

Apr
30
2018

Zafar Kanani comments in the Raconteur on 'Why insurance companies are embracing blockchain?'
#Press #Outsourcing & Supply Chain

Marine and other insurance policies have a new virtual figurehead to help chart a course through mainly unexplored waters of doing business in an increasingly digital economy....

Apr
27
2018

Tier 2 Sponsors: What is a valid Certificate of Sponsorship?
#Immigration #Inward Investment

Whilst the process of assigning a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) is straightforward, it’s useful for sponsors to know what validates a CoS. If a CoS is not valid at the time the Tier 2 worker submits their visa application, the application will be refused resulting in delays to start date....

Apr
27
2018

Employees who brought claims 2 years after a pay freeze had not waited too long
#Employment

The employees in Abrahall v Nottingham City Council received incremental annual pay rises until March 2011, when the council imposed a two-year pay freeze. The council said that the only alternative was additional redundancies. ...

Apr
27
2018

When does notice of termination of employment take effect?
#Employment

The Supreme Court has recently confirmed in Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v Haywood that in the absence of any express provision in an employment contract, written notice of termination from an employer does not take effect until the employee has read it, or had a reasonable opportunity of doing so....

Apr
26
2018

'The Commonwealth has found its voice' - Michael Sippitt comments on The Malta Business Weekly
#Press #Clarkslegal

Reeling off a slew of new initiatives and agreements announced in the 12-page Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Communiqué issued here last Friday, Prime Minister Theresa May told the closing press conference that "in all these ways and more, the Commonwealth has found its voice, we can look forward to a bright future with confidence"....

Apr
26
2018

The Four C’s of Co-working
#Information Technology #Entrepreneurs & Start-Ups

Co-working is not a new concept, nor is it a fleeting craze. Last year, flexible work spaces made up over 20% of all commercial office leases in central London. This trend is not confined to the capital either; take-up of flexible work spaces in cities outside London increased 275% from 2016 to 2017. ...

Apr
24
2018

OASIS Group UK Acquisition Trail Continues
#Corporate #Press

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

Apr
24
2018

‘Don’t believe the gig economy hype, says Matthew Taylor’ – Monica Atwal comments for Personnel Today
#Employment #Press

The view that full-time employment is in retreat and will be subsumed by the gig economy is not borne out by the facts, Matthew Taylor argued at a recent conference. Cath Everett listened in and gauged reactions to his ideas....

Apr
23
2018

'Expert reveals WHEN Britain's trade with the Commonwealth will BEAT the EU' - Michael Sippitt comments on Express
#Press #Clarkslegal

AN INDIAN expert and broadcaster has revealed how long it will take for Britain's trade with the 52 Commonwealth countries to surpass its trade with the EU - and it will not please Brexiteers....

Apr
20
2018

'Commonwealth FAMILY: Trade expert celebrates Queen’s role in UK’s post Brexit future' - Michael Sippitt comments on Express
#Press #Clarkslegal

COMMONWEALTH leaders dined with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace last night as talk over how to best boost Brexit Britain’s trading future raged. One trade expert told Express.co.uk that the UK is right to pursue "the world outside Europe” and celebrates the Queen’s role in “keeping the door open”....

Apr
20
2018

Early Conciliation: Welcome clarity from the EAT on extending time limits
#Employment

In the recent case of Luton Borough Council v Haque (“Haque”) the EAT has clarified that the two sub-sections for extending limitation periods through Acas early conciliation apply sequentially, and not as alternatives....

Apr
20
2018

Shared Parental Leave – Failure to enhance is not discrimination
#Employment

The EAT have held that an employer’s failure to pay enhanced shared parental leave (SPL) to a male employee when it did pay enhanced maternity leave to female employees was not direct sex discrimination (our blog on the Tribunal’s earlier decision can be found here). ...

Apr
20
2018

Windrush Generation: What’s the scandal about?
#Immigration #Inward Investment

In recent days, the government has faced criticism of its treatment of people from the so-called Windrush Generation. Those who arrived in the UK between 1948 and 1971 from Caribbean countries have been labelled the Windrush generation, after the ship which brought them here as a response to post-war labour shortages in the UK. Almost 500 migrants from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados came to the UK at the invitation of the British government....

Apr
17
2018

‘Data is fast becoming more valuable than gold’ – Monica Atwal writes for City AM
#Data Protection #Press

Data is the new gold, but we do not value this precious commodity, giving our data away too freely....

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