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  • 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 ...

  • Thursday 2nd January 2014

    Internships

    Internships are becoming increasingly commonplace, probably in part due to the recession. There is no general definition of internship but typically it is a work placement after further education and before entering a profession. Internships allow employers to access young talent and ...

  • Monday 9th December 2013

    Property chains make a return, but don?t panic?.

    With the residential property market at all levels finally showing signs of a recovery in Kent, the return of the property chain means buyers and sellers will need to be patient. What can be done to hold the chain together? With a buoyant property market chains with four or five properties in them ...

  • Monday 9th December 2013

    Dear Friends

    At this time of year it is traditional to take stock of the year’s significant events and look forward to the New Year with renewed optimism. For many businesses both old and new, this New Year finally looks set to be filled with greater opportunities as the country has lifted out of the long ...

  • Monday 9th December 2013

    CONSTRUCTION APPRENTICES

    Laying the foundations for the next generation Increased confidence in the construction sector is being reported and Kent will, according to experts, benefit from rising workloads in Greater London. The Construction Products Association has predicted growth within the construction sector of ...

  • Monday 9th December 2013

    Tenant right to remove fixtures and fittings

    The decision in a recent court case shows, amongst other things, the importance to landlords of making express provision in a lease if they want any tenant’s fixtures to remain in place at the end of the term. The Sheerness steel works in Kent held a lease for 125 years that permitted the ...

  • Monday 9th December 2013

    Planning to extend or change use of commercial property?

    The Town and Country Planning order which came into force on 30 May 2013 increases the development thresholds that are permitted for both residential building extensions but also non-domestic extensions and new buildings. This order was developed by the Government to ease the tedious planning ...

  • Monday 9th December 2013

    COMPLETION NOTICES ON UNCOMPLETED PROPERTY

    A ruling in a recent court case is interesting for anyone who has built but not yet completed a commercial property. In the recent Aviva Investors Property Developments Ltd and PPG Southern Limited v Margaret Whitby (valuation officer) & Adrian Mills (Valuation officer) 2013 case, the billing ...

  • Monday 9th December 2013

    GETTING MATERNITY ISSUES RIGHT

    There cannot be many employers who do not have some appreciation of maternity rights. The fact is that it is often the unusual issues which trip employers up. Below is a brief summary of the issues surrounding IVF and surrogacy. IVF Recent decisions have provided some clarity on the protection ...

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