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Jul
04
2018

Retention and Payment – Know Your Rights Seminar on 20 June 2018
#Construction

In case you missed our seminar on 20 June 2018 in Reading with BESA (The Building Engineering Services Association), here is our summary of what was said, and the key take-away points from the event. ...

Jul
04
2018

Bangladesh UK Environmental Foundation Update July 2018 - Michael Sippitt, Chairman, The CEIP
#Environment

We are pleased about the completion of the first project funded by the Bangladesh UK Environmental Foundation (an initiative connected with Clarkslegal, via the Commonwealth Environmental Investment Platform – The CEIP), which we helped to set up with Bangladeshi diaspora community links in the UK. This is the installation of a water treatment plant, which allows 150 families to collect safe drinking water. It is anticipated that 300-400 families will benefit from this service in the future....

Jul
03
2018

Hannah Mycock-Overell writes for Building Magazine - Legal: Broken records can be expensive
#Construction #Press

Hannah Mycock-Overell explains how good record-keeping practices will help if disputes later arise...

Jul
03
2018

GDPR: Commercial realities
#Data Protection

It will not have escaped organisations’ attention that data protection laws have undergone significant reforms lately. The GDPR came into force on 25 May 2018, however we also have a new Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018) which is now in force, thanks to some last-minute prompt progress through Parliament....

Jul
02
2018

Hannah Mycock-Overell writes for Construction Manager - Hackitt: a ‘golden thread’ for construction?
#Construction #Press

The proposal for a ‘golden thread’ should be extended to all buildings, argues Hannah Mycock-Overell....

Jul
02
2018

Clarkslegal advises Chef Emily Roux in Joining Her Family’s London Restaurant Dynasty
#Real Estate #Food and Restaurants #Press

Clarkslegal, led by real estate lawyer Simon Ralphs, advised Chef Emily Roux on all of the property aspects of her new venture Caractère....

Jun
29
2018

Tribunal delivers further win for gig economy workers
#Employment

In a recent ruling by the Employment Tribunal, Hermes couriers have been deemed to be workers. This is the latest in a long line of decisions about the gig economy, including Pimlico Plumbers, Uber, Citysprint and Deliveroo, in which the general trend has been that those working in the gig economy have been found to have greater rights than the company may have envisaged....

Jun
29
2018

Changes to UK immigration rules from 6 July 2018
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The UK Government has announced changes to the immigration rules that will come into effect on 6 July 2018. Many of the changes are positive and will bring welcome news to those looking to work or invest in the UK. Below is a summary of the main changes....

Jun
29
2018

Whistleblowing: When is a Disclosure Protected?
#Employment

In Kilraine v London Borough of Wandsworth the Court of Appeal has confirmed that to be protected under whistleblower legislation, disclosures need to be more than mere allegations and have sufficient factual content and specificity of a relevant failure set out in the Employment Rights Act 1996. ...

Jun
26
2018

Challenging a procurement award: what are the possible outcomes?
#Public Procurement

Losing a tender is never a welcome experience, especially when significant time and money has been expended on preparing your bid. In some cases, there may be good reasons to challenge the outcome legally. But what are the possible outcomes of challenging the award of a public contract? ...

Jun
25
2018

Can use of technology avoid payment disputes in construction?
#Construction #Dispute Resolution #Information Technology

In the UK construction industry, payment is usually made at intervals during a project, often by way of a monthly application by the party seeking payment....

Jun
22
2018

Government announces new settlement scheme for EEA nationals
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The UK government has now released details of the “settled status” scheme which EU nationals in the UK will use to apply for permanent residence after Brexit. Sajid Javid confirmed the government’s default position will be to grant, not refuse, settled status. The government has also provided clarity on application fees and Comprehensive Sickness Insurance, which will no longer be required....

Jun
22
2018

Automatic unfair dismissal despite employee’s knowing use of illicitly gained personal information
#Employment

It is automatically unfair to dismiss an employee for taking part in trade union activities at an appropriate time. It is also unlawful to subject an employee to a detriment on this basis. For a union official, union activities include seeking to present a case on behalf of his/her members....

Jun
22
2018

List of issues should be complete
#Employment

It is common for parties to a tribunal claim to agree, at an early stage, the list of the issues that they want a tribunal to determine. In the recent case of Scicluna v Zippy Stitch the Court of Appeal has suggested that tribunals will usually be confined to these issues. ...

Jun
20
2018

Clarkslegal wins Strike Out Application following new Contract Law ruling
#Dispute Resolution #Commercial #Public Procurement

In a hugely significant judgment for businesses, the Supreme Court has tightened the flexibility traditionally enjoyed by contracting parties to vary the terms of their contracts (Rock Advertising Ltd v MWB Business Exchange 2018)....

Jun
20
2018

Can Technology help us save the planet?
#Commercial #Information Technology #Environment

Advances in technology have been one of the major causes of the significant impact that we have had on the resources and natural balance of the planet, specifically the energy that we use (think planes, trains, cars, air-conditioning and so on). ...

Jun
19
2018

UK government announces new start up visa route
#Immigration #Inward Investment

Last week, Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced plans to introduce a new start up visa for entrepreneurs. The new start up visa will launch in Spring 2019 and is expected to replace the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur scheme. The announcement was made during London Tech Week and the government hopes a simpler visa route will create a favourable environment for entrepreneurs. ...

Jun
19
2018

Will HR be Human or Hybrid?
#Press #Employment #Information Technology

As huge numbers of employees face displacement by technology over the coming decade, nearly half all jobs in manufacturing according to some, what is the HR agenda to mitigate the human cost of this technological revolution?...

Jun
18
2018

How might AI and Blockchain impact on HR?
#Employment #Information Technology

Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) and Blockchain are becoming more prominent, with ever-increasing uses. But how could such developments impact HR?...

Jun
15
2018

‘Serious misconduct’ dismissals- Must there be prior warnings?
#Employment

The recent EAT decision of Quintiles Commercial v Barongo held that even in the absence of any prior warnings, a dismissal for misconduct is not necessarily unfair where the conduct is labelled ‘serious misconduct’ rather than ‘gross misconduct’. The Tribunals need to consider the circumstances as a whole when assessing the decision to dismiss....

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