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Mar
31
2014

Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery for Leases (CRAR)
#Real Estate

Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (CRAR) is a method of enforcement to recover rent arrears relating to commercial property, which comes into force on 6 April 2014. From that date, it may only be used for commercial property and the common law right of distress is abolished. Prior to 6 April 2014 the remedy of distress is the correct procedure to use....

Mar
28
2014

High Court or County Court?
#Dispute Resolution

For many years the rules governing civil claims have provided that money claims (except personal injury claims) can be started in either the High Court or the County Court, but that claims could be issued in the High Court only if they are greater than £25,000...

Mar
28
2014

Small employers hit hardest by abolition of the recovery of statutory sick pay from 6 April 2014
#Employment

Since 1995, employers have been able to reclaim statutory sick pay (SSP) from HMRC, provided  he total SSP paid in a month exceeds 13% of their Class 1 National Insurance Contributions for that month. The government has now pushed through Parliament a draft order to abolish the recovery of SSP. This measure, announced in January 2013, is expected to take effect on 6 April 2014. According to the...

Mar
28
2014

Do you have clear redundancy terms? Employer had hidden liability for enhanced redundancy pay
#Employment

When does the enhancement of statutory redundancy pay become a custom and practice conferring a contractual right on employees to enhanced redundancy pay? An example of a consistent practice of an employer calculating redundancy payments without the statutory caps is found in the recent case of Peacock Stores v Peregrine, where the employer was found to be bound by an implied contractual right....

Mar
25
2014

Procurement changes on the horizon - Part 2
#Public Sector

Following on from our previous article "Procurement changes on the horizon - Part 1" this article sets out the current status of the revised EU procurement directives, and discusses some of the proposed amendments to the existing procurement regime....

Mar
21
2014

Budget confirms major changes to childcare voucher scheme
#Employment

It was confirmed in the Chancellor`s budget yesterday that there will be new arrangements for working parents to provide tax benefits to help towards the costs of childcare. The new online scheme will come into effect from September 2015. It will apply to care for children up to the age of five at first, before extending to children up to the age of 12. Parents will buy vouchers from the govern...

Mar
21
2014

Government clamp down on false self employment
#Employment

The Chancellor announced in his budget yesterday that the Government will be clamping down on the use of intermediary companies being used to disguise employment as self-employment. The biggest sector affected will be construction. However, it seems that HMRC is also concerned about other sectors such as driving, catering and security in using intermediary companies as a payroll mechanism design...

Mar
20
2014

Procurement Update: New EU Procurement Directives
#Public Sector

The Cabinet Office has published an update confirming that the 2014 EU procurement directives (which were approved by the EU Council on 11 February 2014) will be published in the Official Journal on 28 March 2014 and will come into force on 17 April 2014. Member states will then have two years to transpose the Directives into national legislation....

Mar
18
2014

Not discrimination where the reason for mistreatment was immigration status
#Immigration

The Claimants in the cases of Owu v Akwiwu; Taiwo v Olaigbe were both Nigerian nationals who came to the UK after being granted visas to work as migrant domestic workers for two separate families. Both were subsequently badly treated and exploited by their employers, through long working hours, underpayment, restrictive living conditions and physical and verbal abuse. The Claimant`s were success...

Mar
14
2014

Business and consumer confidence on the up - but businesses need to invest to sustain the economic recovery
#Corporate

Addressing an exclusive audience of Thames Valley senior executives, the CBI`s Director of Economics Stephen Gifford announced last week that the UK economy is gathering momentum and is currently enjoying record levels of business optimism. However, he cautioned that to sustain this recovery, it is imperative that businesses increase investment....

Mar
14
2014

Covert recording of manager`s "private" comments admissible in ET
#Employment

It`s easier than ever before for employees secretly to record disciplinary, appeal and grievance meetings, using their mobile phones. But are these secret recordings admissible as evidence before an employment tribunal? According to the EAT in Chairman and Governors of Amwell View School v Dogherty, that depends on whether the recording is of the ‘open` part of the hearing (i.e. the part during...

Mar
14
2014

National Minimum Wage Regulations Published
#Employment

In January we reported that the Government had published draft regulations increasing the financial penalty for employers who fail to pay their workers national minimum wage.  The final regulations - The National Minimum Wage (Variation of Financial Penalty) Regulations 2014 - have now been published and came into force on 7th March 2014.  These regulations increase the financial penalty from 50%...

Mar
13
2014

BIM is here to stay
#Construction

Building Information Modelling is its official label; but BIM is essentially about effective sharing and management of information for the collective benefit of all involved on a construction project....

Mar
12
2014

Maintaining legal privilege over your documents
#Dispute Resolution

It is a fundamental principle of the English legal system that certain documents recording legal advice or prepared for the purpose of anticipated legal proceedings are inadmissible as evidence in Court proceedings. Such communications are protected by what is known as legal privilege...

Mar
11
2014

Clarkslegal closes corporate deals for Chatterbox Labs and Lion Apparel
#Corporate

Clarkslegal`s corporate team, headed by partner Ashan Arif, recently advised London-based language processing technologies company, Chatterbox Labs, on a restructuring of its shares....

Mar
10
2014

Knightsbridge sets the standard
#Construction

The recent High Court case of 199 Knightsbridge Development Ltd v WSP UK Ltd deals with the standard of care owed by professionals...

Mar
07
2014

Abolition of statutory discrimination questionnaires from 6 April 2014
#Employment

The Order that abolishes the Equality Act`s statutory discrimination questionnaires has now been published. This will mean that individuals won`t be able to obtain information from their employers using the prescribed questionnaire procedure where the discriminatory acts complained of take place on or after 6 April 2014. The procedure can still be used for acts occurring before this date though....

Mar
07
2014

ACAS early conciliation mandatory from 5 May 2014
#Employment

ACAS early conciliation for tribunal claims comes into force on 6 April 2014. It will be mandatory from 6 May 2014, meaning that from that date, all employment tribunal claims, with very few exceptions, must first go through ACAS conciliation before the claim can proceed. Transitional provisions cover the period between 6 April and 5 May 2014 during which the new early conciliation procedure will be available to prospective claimants, although not mandatory.The prohibition on issuing proceedings without an early conciliation certificate may apply if a prospective claimant commences early conciliation in the period beginning 6 April 2014 and ending on 5 May 2014, and presents a tribunal claim on or before 5 May 2014....

Feb
28
2014

Buddy update - flexible working
#Employment

We recently reported that the new changes surrounding an employee`s right to request flexible working arrangements had been delayed. The new rules were due to come into force on 6 April 2014, however, the government has since announced a new implementation date of 30 June 2014....

Feb
28
2014

Failure to make reasonable adjustments was a continuing act
#Employment

In the recent case of Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Jobcentre Plus) v Jamil and others the EAT held that an employer`s failure to make reasonable adjustments was a continuing act and not a one-off omission meaning that the three month time limit to bring a claim did not start running from the date of the initial failure. Under the Equality Act 2010, if a disabled person is put at a s...

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