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Residential service charges: who should consult subtenants?

Posted by Lynne on October 4th 2016
(Commercial Property, commercial property and real estate, commercial property and real estate services, Employment)

Landlords of residential premises who are obliged to comply with the Consultation Requirements should take note of an important decision in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber). This decision clarifies that superior landlords intending to carry out qualifying works or enter into a qualifying long-term agreement must consult. not just with their immediate tenant, but also […]

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Protecting disabled employee’s pay can be a reasonable adjustment

Posted by Lynne on October 2nd 2016
(Business, dispute resolution, Employment)

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that an employment tribunal was entitled to find that an employer was required, as a reasonable adjustment, to continue employing a disabled employee in a more junior role involving less physical activity, preserving his existing rate of pay on an indefinite basis. While it will not be an […]

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National minimum wage rate increases take effect from today – 1 October 2016

Posted by Lynne on October 1st 2016
(Business, Employment, Uncategorized)

The national minimum wage (NMW) applies to all workers and is paid at different rates according to age. There is a separate rate for apprentices and from April 2016 a new National Living Wage (NLW) applies to workers aged 25 and over. The current and future rates for the hourly rates of national minimum wage […]

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Law Society – Rights after Brexit

Posted by Lynne on June 30th 2016
(Uncategorized)

Human rights law and Brexit Leaving the EU does not remove the UK’s membership of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) or its obligation to uphold the rights set out in the ECHR. Nor would leaving the EU remove the UK from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). The Law […]

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Chief Executive of the Law Society, England and Wales, speaks on Brexit

Posted by Lynne on June 29th 2016
(banking finance, banking litigation, Blog, Business, business finance, clinical negligence, Commercial Litigation, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, Commercial Property, Contract Law, Corporate and Commercial, Debt Recovery, Employment, health & safety, health and safety, Industrial Diseases, Insolvency, IP, Sports and Media, Litigation, medical negligence, Personal, Personal Injury, Press Releases, Professional Negligence, Tax and Trust, Uncategorized, wills)

Catherine Dixon, chief executive of the Law Society of England and Wales, said yesterday, changes to key laws in the wake of Brexit could take years to accomplish and pledged the Law Society would work with the solicitor profession, their clients, the public and with government to support a calm transition in the wake of […]

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FCA’s proposed rules for the secondary annuity market published today

Posted by Lynne on April 21st 2016
(banking finance, Business, Litigation, Tax and Trust, wills)

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has today published a consultation on its proposed rules and guidance for the secondary annuity market. The Government has confirmed that buyers and brokers in this market will need to be authorised by the FCA. The FCA has proposed that brokers must set out their charges upfront and agree them […]

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HSBC launch £10 billion UK SME lending fund today

Posted by Lynne on April 18th 2016
(banking finance, banking litigation, Business, business finance, Commercial Property, Insolvency, Litigation)

HSBC has today launched a £10 billion lending fund to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK. The fund is the largest package of support to be announced by HSBC for SMEs in the UK and has been introduced to meet growing demand. It is structured in a way to make banking more […]

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Success Fees on a new CFA and ATE no longer recoverable

Posted by Lynne on March 1st 2016
(Uncategorized)

From 1st April 2016 success fees on a new conditional fee agreement and new ATE premiums are no longer recoverable. Insolvency Practitioners (IPs) will be faced with non recoverable ATE policies/bonds to avoid adverse costs and applications for security thereafter. Many smaller litigation and debt collection cases will prove uneconomic to run. As a result […]

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10 Aug
Taylor Review of employment practices

Matthew Taylor, former aide to Tony Blair, in a recent government review of employment practices has suggested all work in the UK’s economy should be “fair and decent”. The report pays particular attention to the gig economy recommending the creation of a new category of worker, known as a ‘dependent contractor’, to provide additional rights […]

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