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  • 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 ...

  • Sunday 15th May 2016

    Protecting yourself from being a victim of cybercrime

    Solicitors and people buying or selling property are being increasingly targeted by fraudsters trying to access some of the billions of pounds being transferred in relation to property transactions each year. The methods these criminals use often involve nothing more than an email or phone call ...

  • Friday 13th May 2016

    Writing your life insurance policy in trust

    Many people have life insurance policies and most of them are linked to the repayment of mortgages and other loans. But for those who have a policy to provide an additional lump sum payment on the event of their death for their family, they should consider writing it into trust, which can have many ...

  • Thursday 12th May 2016

    The Cost of Dying Intestate

    People who don’t make a Will usually come up with a variety of excuses such as because they haven’t got around to it, haven’t fully appreciated the importance of planning ahead for the future, unwisely assume that they don’t have enough money or assets to need to make one or ...

  • Wednesday 11th May 2016

    Dealing with difficult staff - settlement agreements and protected conversations

    Settlement agreements are a useful way of managing the exit of a difficult employee, but getting the detail right is important. Where there is no existing dispute, the employer can choose to have a ‘protected conversation’ with the employee first. This can set out your concerns (e.g ...

  • Tuesday 10th May 2016

    New Guidelines published on discriminatory adverts and recruitment terminology

    The Equality & Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published a series of short guides to help people who place advertisements to comply with their legal obligations under the Equality Act 2010 https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/sites/default/files/ehrc_advertising_-_checklist_12_0.pdf The ...

  • Monday 9th May 2016

    Discrimination against employees with Dyslexia and how to avoid falling foul of the rules

    A recent Employment Tribunal which received widespread media interest found that the coffee chain Starbucks had discriminated against an employee with Dyslexia as it had failed in its duty to make reasonable adjustments. Ms Kumulchew, a supervisor at a branch of Starbucks in south-west London, had ...

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