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Nov
18
2020

New ruling lends helping hand to employers balancing budgets
#Employment

2020 is likely to be a year of financial constraints for many businesses. Therefore, the recent Court of Appeal decision in Heskett v Secretary of State for Justice [2020] could be good news for employers seeking to justify indirect discrimination as a biproduct of a short-term need to reduce expenditure. ...

Nov
18
2020

Urgent procurement in a pandemic
#Public Procurement

Depending on the value and size of the contract, a typical procurement run in accordance with the requirements of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 can take anything from a few months to more than a year to conclude....

Nov
13
2020

Brexit stock-piling during a 'perfect storm' in the warehousing and logistics sector
#Commercial Real Estate #Brexit

With just 7 weeks to go until the end of the Brexit Transition period and no definite signs of a trade deal in sight, the warehousing and logistics sector is preparing for a period of disruption....

Nov
13
2020

UK Government still holding out hope for Lugano Convention membership post Brexit
#Dispute Resolution #Brexit

In a step that many will see as wishful thinking, the UK government laid new legislation before Parliament on 10 November 2020 which would see the UK remain a party to the Lugano Convention after 31 December 2020....

Nov
13
2020

Furlough Scheme Update
#Employment

On 5th November 2020, the Chancellor announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme would be extended until the end of March 2021. ...

Nov
12
2020

Capital gains tax to increase to pay for pandemic
#Commercial

If you are considering selling your business, are you aware of the discussions in the changes to rates of Capital Gains Tax and clear on how this might impact your share of the sale proceeds? If so, it might be worth exploring the various routes to sale that exist, including selling to your employees tax free....

Nov
12
2020

Time to update your social media policy?
#Employment #Data Protection

In light of the new social media guidance the BBC imposed on its own employees, employers should be carefully considering whether or not their own social media policy sufficiently protects their interests....

Nov
12
2020

New furlough guidance: warning that notice pay may not be covered from December
#Employment

Whilst the majority of the update confirmed information we already know, there were some important pieces of new information....

Nov
11
2020

Procurement thresholds post 31 December 2020
#Public Procurement #Brexit

The new Public Procurement (Amendment etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 are currently working their way through Parliament and due to come into force at 11pm on 31 December 2020, the moment Brexit becomes a legal reality....

Nov
11
2020

How will Brexit affect existing tenders and public contracts?
#Public Procurement #Brexit

Whilst the EU and the UK may have set 11pm on 31 December 2020 as the date when the UK’s exit from the EU is complete, public tenders and the award of public contracts generally don’t work to such specific timetables....

Nov
10
2020

Public Procurement – What happens after Brexit?
#Public Procurement #Brexit

It seems a long time ago we were being told during the Brexit referendum that leaving the EU would save us £1.6 billion a year in procurement costs. Since then the UK has left the EU but still remains signed up to the EU procurement rules until 11pm on 31 December 2020. What happens next depends in part on the outcome of the EU/UK trade negotiations but also on the broader question of how the UK wants to run public procurement....

Nov
06
2020

The practicalities of selling your business
#Commercial #Corporate #Podcasts and Webinars

In our latest webinar, corporate partner Stuart Mullins discusses the practicalities of selling your business. The following article provides vital insight for both buyers and sellers seeking to navigate the often complex journey from heads of terms to completion. Below we highlight the key considerations and processes....

Nov
06
2020

Warranties v Indemnities – considerations and differences
#Corporate #Commercial

The terms “indemnity” “warranty” and “representation” are used a lot in the context of share sale or business sale agreements, but the terms “warranty” and “indemnity” permeate through all forms of contracts, not just business sale agreements....

Nov
06
2020

Furlough Extended
#Employment

Less than 1 week ago, the government announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the furlough scheme) would be extended for 1 month, to the end of November 2020, with government support for 80% of wages up to a cap of £2,500 per month and employers only having to pay pension and National Insurance Contributions....

Nov
05
2020

Enhanced redundancy packages explained
#Employment

The first payment to include in a redundancy package is the statutory redundancy payment. This must be paid to all eligible employees and the amount is set by legislation. Other mandatory payments on termination would also include accrued but untaken annual leave and unpaid wages. Some employers, where the contract allows, may make a payment in lieu of notice....

Nov
05
2020

Tax implications of home working: equipment
#Employment

When the UK went into lockdown in March, no one anticipated that we would be entering another in November. Again we have been told that those that can, must work from home. With the second lockdown starting today, many employees that had put-off purchasing home office equipment first time round, with the hope of returning to the office, may now be changing their minds....

Nov
04
2020

Companies Act and Brexit – practical considerations
#Corporate #Brexit

UK companies need to review the impact of Brexit on their governance arrangements. Governance rules are principally found in the Companies Act 2006 which is part of UK domestic law. For the most part, leaving the EU will have little impact on the way UK limited companies are required to operate under this Act. ...

Nov
03
2020

Legal claims against UK importers of EU products to increase post Brexit
#Dispute Resolution #Brexit

It’s not just tariffs that UK importers have to prepare for from 1 January 2021. They will also be taking on new liabilities for defective products imported from the EU which cause personal injury or damage to private property...

Nov
03
2020

What has been the impact of COVID-19 on female property professionals?
#Commercial Real Estate

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the landscape of how we approach our working lives, with many challenges being identified for female professionals. ...

Nov
02
2020

Extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
#Employment #Podcasts and Webinars

On Saturday 31 October, the Prime Minister announced that England will enter its second lockdown as of Thursday 5th November....

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