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  • Monday 3rd February 2014

    Construction Output Forecast

    Latest industry forecasts predict that construction output will rise by 3.4% in 2014 and by a further 5.2% in 2015. The Construction Products Association’s (CPA) figures also project growth to continue throughout the forecast period to 2017 with a 4.4% growth in 2016 and 3.8% in 2017. ...

  • Monday 3rd February 2014

    Late Payment of Commercial Debts Regulations 2013 Update

    On 16 March 2013, the Late Payment of Commercial Debts Regulations 2013 came into force amending the Late Payment Act 1998 in accordance with an EU Directive on combating late payment in commercial transactions. The regime applies to commercial contracts for the supply of goods and services ...

  • Monday 3rd February 2014

    Construction apprentices - Laying the foundations for the next generation

    The UK construction industry has been warned by industry skills body CITB that it is likely to face a massive skills shortage. With approximately 400,000 skilled workers set to retire within the next ten years, the construction industry needs to make a conscious effort to recruit. Maidstone ...

  • Monday 3rd February 2014

    Health and Safety

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) charge fees for intervention at an hourly rate of £124. This is a fee payable by duty holders found to be in material breach of the law. The HSE issued around 10,000 invoices in the first 8 months since they were mandated to charge ...

  • Monday 3rd February 2014

    Adjudication Enforcement and CVA

    In the case of Westshield Limited v Whitehouse & Another, reported at the end of 2013, the court refused to grant a summary judgment application in adjudication enforcement proceedings because of the Defendant’s claim in the Claimant’s company voluntary arrangement (CVA). In the ...

  • Friday 24th January 2014

    Historical appeal

    Anyone interested in local history might want to visit a new website which celebrates Gullands Solicitors’ heritage and the history and the growth of Maidstone and the surrounding villages www.gullands-heritage.co.uk Also in a special tribute to the men and women of the Maidstone area to ...

  • Thursday 2nd January 2014

    Happy New Year!

    We would like to wish all of our friends and clients a Happy New Year and hope you had an enjoyable Christmas break. The New Year brings lots of things to consider in employment law and here is our round up of what to expect in the months ahead. The Government’s proposed amendments to ...

  • Thursday 2nd January 2014

    Flexible Working Requests

    A new flexible working regime is expected to come into force next year, when the right to request flexible working is to be extended to all employees with 26 weeks’ continuous employment. The statutory procedure for considering requests is to be abolished with a new duty on employers to ...

  • Thursday 2nd January 2014

    Frustration of contract

    Frustration of contract is not often used in employment law but it can raise its head from time to time. As a general rule, if performance of a contract becomes more difficult or even impossible, the party who fails to perform it is liable in damages. An exception to this liability is the ...

  • Thursday 2nd January 2014

    TUPE CHANGES THE GOVERNMENT'S RESPONSE

    TUPE is never the most interesting topic but is one that seems to create the greatest reaction from employers and advisers alike! The Government was intent on pushing back the tide where this particular part of European legislation was concerned but as anticipated all that hot air has come to ...

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