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  • Friday 26th April 2013

    New legislation affecting Energy Performance Certificates

    The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) brought in new legislation which amends the rules concerning EPCs and this came into effect on 9 January 2013. The three main changes are: 1. Listed Buildings are now exempt from requiring an EPC (but see below). 2. It is no ...

  • Wednesday 24th April 2013

    Landlord and tenant dilemmas and the fall-out from the AGA saga

    Two famous recent cases (Good Harvest v Centaur and K/S Victoria Street v House of Fraser) looked at the relationship between landlords, tenants and guarantors. As a result, the main principles of the relationships are quite well understood: 1. When a Tenant assigns their lease they can directly ...

  • Monday 22nd April 2013

    Charitable incorporated organisation status - will registering make life easier?

    New legal structures introduced shortly before Christmas mean that charities can register as Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs). They are proving a popular legal structure for small and medium sized charities and housing associations, says Gullands paralegal and charities specialist Aman ...

  • Friday 19th April 2013

    Holidays - what are my rights?

    We are often asked about holiday rights, here are our top five most frequently asked holiday questions. How much holiday am I entitled to? Full time workers who work a five day week are entitled to 5.6 weeks paid holiday leave each year. This amounts to 28 days’ paid annual leave per ...

  • Monday 15th April 2013

    Gullands? Shakespeare connection

    Greyfriars in Leicester has never had it so good. This once humble concrete car park is now forever lodged in our minds as the location where the remains of England’s notorious King Richard III were discovered less than seven months ago. This amazing discovery has rekindled the ...

  • Friday 12th April 2013

    MySolicitor: employee discounts for legal services

    Are you considering how you can increase morale in your workplace and thinking about benefits you could offer without making a dent in your cash flow? Sometimes it’s the little things that count and they needn’t cost your business anything. Gullands’ MySolicitor scheme is a ...

  • Thursday 11th April 2013

    Stop and think before you click!

    Information that is written on the internet or in e-mails can seriously damage your business’ reputation and the reputation of individual employees. Your employees could lose their job, be sued or face criminal charges and your business could be sued or fined. The following are some key ...

  • Wednesday 10th April 2013

    Establishing the right to work in the UK

    Employers have a duty to carry out certain checks before an individual commences employment and to keep a record of the checks that are carried out in order to comply with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. An employer may be liable to a civil penalty or commit a criminal ...

  • Monday 8th April 2013

    Checklist: TUPE transfers

    What is TUPE? TUPE is an acronym for the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006. Where TUPE applies, employees automatically transfer from one employer to another with their terms of employment and continuity of service intact. When does TUPE apply? TUPE applies to ...

  • Friday 5th April 2013

    Who Owns the Email?

    If a member of staff uses your computer system to exchange emails, does the content of the email become the property of your business? This question was addressed recently in a court case concerning a dispute that arose between a shipping company and its former chief executive. The company ...

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