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  • Wednesday 8th June 2016

    The Difference Between a Charity and a Social Enterprise

    The difference between a Charity and a Social Enterprise? This is a question we are often asked as legal advisors and also which is the best structure for an organisation to operate under. Both a charity and a social enterprise share an objective which is to complete a social mission and to make ...

  • Wednesday 1st June 2016

    Construction Dispute and Injunction to Restrain Winding-up Petition

    In the recently reported case of COD Hyde Limited and Space Change Management Limited [2016] EWHC 820 (Ch) the Companies Court had to decide whether to grant the employer (COD) an injunction restraining the contractor (Space) from presenting a Winding-up Petition against it. The intended Petition ...

  • Wednesday 1st June 2016

    Duty of care even if you are not expecting payment

    The Court has found that an architect and project manager who performed services for free owed duties of care in respect of the selection of the project team, the preparation of designs needed for pricing and construction, the exercise of costs control and periodic inspection of the works. The case ...

  • Wednesday 1st June 2016

    Joint seminar on Managing Asbestos Risk on Site and in the Workplace

    Some fifty property, construction and insurance professionals met at the Gallagher Stadium, Maidstone earlier this year to hear from Jane Adamson, Founder and Managing Director of Adamson’s Laboratory Services (ALS Envex) and Steve Dempsey of DMC Group Enabling Works Specialists and licenced ...

  • Wednesday 1st June 2016

    Prosecuting 'near miss' incidents and fines under new health & safety Sentencing Guidelines

    Commentators are unanimous in predicting larger fines for health & safety offences following new sentencing guidelines effective from 1st February. However, the guidelines are not just about bigger fines. They also require the Court to look at the risk of harm, not just the outcome. ...

  • Wednesday 1st June 2016

    A buildings use, not who owns it critical to deciding VAT status

    This isn’t an area of law that has changed recently, but one which people do unfortunately get wrong with expensive consequences. The owners of commercial property will know that some building work can be standard rated or, if it meets one of the exemptions under the Value Added Tax Act ...

  • Wednesday 1st June 2016

    Government reviews the use of retentions, does this mean changes for the Construction Industry?

    The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has recently announced a review of how retention arrangements work in the construction industry and the effect in particular on smaller businesses. Retentions frequently cause issues in building contracts, although their use is widespread in other ...

  • Wednesday 1st June 2016

    David Brown recognised for his work

    David Brown has been recognised for his work in the 2015 edition of The Legal 500 and has achieved a Band 2 ranking in the 2016 Chambers & Partners legal directory. David has recently been invited to talk at RICS CPD events. ...

  • Thursday 19th May 2016

    The popularity of pop-up shops

    As the retail landscape has changed considerably over the last 10 years, it is estimated that around 1 in 10 shops across the UK are currently empty, and here in Kent in some parts of the county, the figure is likely to be much higher. Commercial property landlords may be approached by or would ...

  • Thursday 19th May 2016

    Permitted Development rights - keep the noise down!

    In late 2015, the permanent extension of Permitted Development Rights, allowing the conversion from office space to residential was announced. What had originally intended to be temporary measure to create use for empty or unviable commercial buildings, has proved a popular way to create new and in ...

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