Keyword search Enter keyword Select practice area Select practice area Commercial contracts Banking and finance Construction and engineering Corporate Data protection Debt recovery Employment EU and competition law Insurance Intellectual Property Litigation and disputes Pensions Planning Real estate Regulatory and compliance Restructuring and insolvency Tax Technology Clear [x] Business regulation - the power of the brand12-02-2016There is a growing trend for naming and shaming rather than criminal penalties. Is the future of compliance self-regulation, for fear of reputational damage?Gender pay gap revolution moves closer12-02-2016The government is consulting on draft regulations on gender pay reporting for large organisations.Modern Slavery: what does it mean for SMEs?12-02-2016Contrary to expectations SMEs are finding that they are affected by the Modern Slavery Transparency Supply Chain provisions because they are required to give assurances to those they supply that they comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.The new apprenticeship levy: what does it mean for employers?11-02-2016The government recently published draft legislation introducing an apprenticeship levy which is expected to come into force on 6 April 2017. In this article we look at the impact on employers.Bearer shares - time is running out11-02-2016Bearer shares were abolished by The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 ('the Act'). Holders of bearer shares have until 26 February 2016 to surrender them to the company for conversion into registered shares or risk their cancellation.Rap artist M.I.A. brings attention to the importance of balancing the enforcement of legal rights with reputation management10-02-2016London rapper Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam pka M.I.A. is known for being an artist who is not afraid to express her political opinions and promote causes about which she is passionate through her art form. Purpose built student accommodation excluded from Scottish PRS reforms09-02-2016Following lobbying and sector feedback, Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) is to be excluded from the remit of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill.YouTube 'reacts'08-02-2016A recent decision by two YouTube bloggers to cancel their portfolio of trade mark applications serves as an important reminder for businesses to always take into account the commercial considerations of their actions.The EU-US Privacy Shield - a new safe harbor?05-02-2016The European Court of Justice ruled last October that the data sharing framework between the EU and US, referred to as Safe Harbor, is no longer valid.Zero hours contracts: proper protections for staff now in place05-02-2016With the use of zero-hours contracts 'ZHCs' increasing and new regulations in this area coming into effect, employers should ensure compliance with the new rules.Section 288 Challenges - Is there scope to think outside the box?04-02-2016For a number of years, the Government has sought to narrow the scope and use of planning obligations. It has actively encouraged local authorities to adopt the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) when it introduced the CIL Regulations in 2010.Misleading replies to enquiries - a costly reminder for sellers and landlords03-02-2016Providing inaccurate replies to pre-contract enquiries cost a seller almost £400,000 after the buyer withdrew shortly before completion and claimed damages for deceit.Court of Appeal clarifies occupational rights of husband after vacation of family home by wife28-01-2016The case of Derwent Housing Association Limited v Taylor, 19 January 2016 has provided clarification on whether a spouse who remains in the matrimonial home has continued rights of occupation if their partner has left the home and terminated the tenancy.Subrogation to unpaid vendor's lien28-01-2016In the recent case of Bank of Cyprus UK Limited v Menelaou, the Supreme Court showed the flexibility of the equitable remedy of unpaid vendor's lien.Monitoring employees' communications: EU case sends wrong message28-01-2016Employers should be cautious after a recent decision was widely reported as a 'green light' to read employees' person communications at work; this is not the case.'Right to Rent' checks in force 1 February 201627-01-2016From 1 February 2016 landlords of residential property in England (not also Wales) will have to carry out checks to ensure potential tenants have the right to rent property in the UK.What the new ODR Platform means for consumers and traders27-01-2016On 15 February 2016, the new European Union Online Dispute Resolution platform (the 'ODR Platform') will be available for use by consumers and traders.Is an 84 hour average working week lawful?26-01-2016A recent decision of the European Free Trade Association Court (EFTA Court) in Matja Kumba T M'bye and Others v Stiftelsen Fossumkollektivet, E-5/15 that an 84 hour working week is lawful, certainly catches the eye.Safety Non-Compliance Offences - Is your provision for fines sufficient?22-01-2016The linking of fines to turnover is one of the most seismic changes to hit offenders in a generation.Gender Pay Gap Reporting: Why does it matter?21-01-2016In the first of a series of articles on gender pay gap reporting, we look at the position so far and what implications the new reporting obligations could have for public and private sector employers alike.Housing and Planning Bill - Update: New resolution procedure for S.106 negotiation disputes19-01-2016The Housing and Planning Bill has now passed through the House of Commons, with MPs concluding reporting and final reading on 12 January 2016. The Bill will now be passed on to the House of Lords for its first reading.Transgender equality: time to act19-01-2016A recent report on transgender equality from the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee confirms that transgender people continue to suffer prejudice in and out of the workplace.Disability discrimination in attendance management policies18-01-2016Employers must make reasonable adjustments to make sure disabled workers aren't seriously disadvantaged when doing their jobs. This article looks at how recent decisions in relation to attendance management policies impacts employers.Pension Schemes: Pension Protection Fund Levy Determination 2016/1714-01-2016This update looks at the Pension Protection Fund Levy determination for the PPF Levy Year 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017.PSC registers: Criminal sanctions for non-compliance loom as draft guidance is published14-01-2016Less than three months now remain until the implementation of new regulations which will require disclosure of people who exert significant influence over companies and limited liability partnerships (LLPs) in the UK.Mid-market corporate finance - a look ahead at 201613-01-20162015 saw a year of growth - after a quietly confident start, the market gained momentum following the election and growth across the sectors continued into the fourth quarter.Has the role of Chairman changed?12-01-2016Following the announcement that Sir Philip Dilley, chairman of the Environment Agency, would step down in the aftermath of the latest floods to hit the UK, we look at the role of the Chairman.The buy-to-let tax raid11-01-2016Not content with increasing the rate of SDLT by 3% on buy-to-let properties, the chancellor has announced radical changes to interest deductibility, which will make owning buy to let properties less attractive than ever before.Effective crisis management: the crucial first 12 hours11-01-2016Twelve hours. Just twelve hours. That's how long an organisation has to shape the way in which a crisis is going to unfold.Employers risk financial, brand and reputation fall out over National Minimum Wage08-01-2016Before Christmas, a national newspaper reported that staff working in Sports Direct's warehouses might not be being paid the National Minimum Wage ('NMW') due to the time it was taking for compulsory security searches to be carried out after each shift.