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Strength in real estate - March 2017

Post deregulation: The new notifications regime

The HCA has today published new Directions, under its powers in the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 as amended under the Housing and Planning Act 2016. As anticipated these will come into effect on 6 April 2017.

Commercial councils, commercial skills and partnership working

At an event in conjunction with the BSA a select group of speakers including our partners, James Hawkins and Helen Randall, discussed the culture, ethos and practicalities of running commercial councils.

Budget 2017: the knowns and the unknowns

The budget provided some relief to the social care funding system this week, although the consensus is that it will not go far enough to meet the current funding shortfall in the system, even with £1bn provided up-front. This is estimated by different think tanks at between £1.3bn and £2bn for the 2017/18 financial year. How much of this money actually hits front line services will also be crucial to the impact it has.

Spring Budget 2017: Local Government

In Spring Budget 2017, the government has announced £2bn will be invested in adult social care over the next three years. It also announced £536m in funding for new free schools and to maintain existing schools. Free transport will be made available for children from poorer families to attend selective schools. It will also be rolling out tax-free childcare and introducing 'T-Levels' for technical students.

Thinking Real Estate Issue 4

Welcome to our fourth edition of Thinking Real Estate, our publication covering current and thought provoking topics from across the global real estate market.

Housing Matters - March 2017

Welcome to the March edition of Housing Matters.

HR Law - March 2017

Welcome to the March 2017 edition of HR Law.

Online judgements of the Employment Tribunal are here!

A new Government database that allows anyone to search and access first instance judgments of the Employment Tribunal has gone live for the first time.

Sleep-ins: another time bomb for social care

Sleep-ins have been a topic of controversy for some time now, and the issue has become more pressing recently with escalating costs in the sector, coupled with a new approach by HMRC to enforce payment of the national minimum wage for sleep-ins.

Gender pay reporting - an update - February 2017

Pay reporting is a hot topic at the moment. The new gender pay reporting requirements come into effect next month, and new policies could be in the pipeline.

LGBT rights in review — integrating equality through procurement and supply chain management

This article was first published on Lexis®PSL and Lexis®Library on 17 February 2017.

Well Buildings

In the first of a series of articles, we consider future trends in commercial development and how you can prepare your business for the challenges ahead.

Knock Knock…who’s there? How “vacant” must a property be for vacant possession to have been given?

Most buyers and sellers will be buying and selling with 'vacant possession' (VP). Indeed, the Standard Conditions of Sale (Fifth Edition) normally adopted on residential sales usually impose a contractual obligation on a seller to sell its property with VP.

The Housing White Paper 2017

Our real estate team has examined the key considerations for the market in light of the UK's first Housing White Paper in 20 years.

Gender pay reporting - mind the gap

Gender pay reporting is now firmly on the agenda of employers in the private, voluntary and public sector with over 250 employees on the "snapshot" date.

HR Law - February 2017

Welcome to the February 2017 edition of HR Law

What’s happening in 2017?

While Brexit will inevitably be taking a large chunk out of the government's agenda, particularly in view of the Supreme Court's recent decision that an Act of Parliament is needed to trigger article 50, 2017 will also bring a number of changes on the employment law front.

Quarterly Housing Update Winter 2016/17

Welcome to the Winter 2016/17 edition of Quarterly Housing Update

Housing Litigation Update Winter 2016/17

Welcome to the Winter 2016/17 edition of Housing Litigation Update

Who are going to be the winners in the technology race to save the healthcare system?

At a roundtable jointly hosted by Grant Thornton and Trowers & Hamlins, a select group including healthcare providers and commissioners, investors and entrepreneurs debated who will win in the technology race to save the UK healthcare system.

Manchester Roundtable Highly Valued Hard to Value research

Examining value in real estate

The finalised gender pay gap regulations are here

Section 78 of the Equality Act 2010 (EqA 2010) gives the government power to make regulations requiring private and third sector employers to publish information relating to differences between the pay of male and female employees across their organisations.

Thinking Business Winter 2016

Our Thinking Business publication aims to share expertise and ideas with you to support growth and sustainability for your business.

Post-Christmas party punch-ups

It's not news that Christmas parties, with their alcohol-induced loosening of inhibitions, can sometimes cause tricky problems for employers. Previously it has been clear that employers can be vicariously liable for undesirable festive shenanigans on the part of their employees, but what's the position when people move on for post-party drinks?

HR Law - December 2016

Welcome to the December 2016 edition of HR Law

Housing Matters - December 2016

Welcome to the September edition of Housing Matters.

The United Kingdom Autumn Statement 2016

Right to Rent

Since 1st February 2016 landlords in England have been required to check the immigration status of all tenants and occupiers over the age of 18.

Asbestos: issues to consider when purchasing commercial property

Overriding Interests: Buyer Beware!

Pre-contract inspection is invaluable if you wish to acquire property free from overriding interests and buyers should look deeper than the fine interior decor and postcode.

A contractor’s failure to give notice of a claim – The FIDIC Time Bar in the Gulf —— November 2016

A contractor's failure to give notice of a claim – The FIDIC Time Bar in the Gulf —— November 2016

TUPE - recent developments

Although lately the impact of Brexit on TUPE may have taken centre stage, with speculation as to the form TUPE will take and its durability once we leave the EU, there have been a number of case law decisions coming out which we thought you should know about!

HMO Reforms

TUPE - recent developments

Although lately the impact of Brexit on TUPE may have taken centre stage, with speculation as to the form TUPE will take and its durability once we leave the EU, there have been a number of case law decisions coming out which we thought you should know about!

Top tips for ‘“The bank of Mum and Dad”

According to a 2015 Legal & General report, lending from parents to their children to help get them on the property ladder will amount to £5 billion this year.

HR Law - November 2016

Welcome to the November 2016 edition of HR Law

Quarterly Commercial Update Autumn 2016

Welcome to the Autumn 2016 edition of Quarterly Commercial Update.

Thinking Real Estate Issue 3

Welcome to our third edition of Thinking Real Estate, our publication covering current and thought provoking topics from across the global real estate market.

Brexit update

After a temporary hiatus, Brexit is firmly back on the agenda. Following the Prime Minister's announcement at the beginning of this month that Article 50 will be triggered before the end of March 2017 it seems that it's full speed ahead!