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Retail - an interesting postscript

If you saw my post yesterday about retail property vacancy rates, yesterday's CBI report may have you scratching your heads. The...

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A retail revival?

The BNP PARIBAS Real Estate Retail Focus q3 report shows vacancy rates declining in all areas of the UK to 12.9% overall. Footfall...

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Women now on 25% FTSE boards

Reports are out today that the UK's top companies now have 25% women board members. This is certaintly an increase and positive move...

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Someone out there likes our real estate

Savills, reported in EGi, the online news service of Estates Gazette are predicting a bumper year for foreign investment in non-domestic...

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Student Housing Update

Interesting commentary from Savills on world student housing. The need for high quality student accommodation continues to rise in the...

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Even more incentive to keep employees safe

Now there is a bottom line reason to do the right thing.

Corporate manslaughter fines should be up to £20m, says Sentencing Council Draft guidelines include an increase in health and safety...…

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Construction sneezes - does the economy get a cold?

I'm a lawyer, not an economist (and so part of the burgeoning service sector growth!), but I cannot help but be worried by the continued...

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Good news at last for VW diesel owners

Phew. I am one of those with a VW diesel and finally there is some good (or at least 'not bad') news from this debacle.

UK taxpayers will not incur higher Vehicle Excise Duty if their existing vehicles are found to be fitted with illegal software that...…

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Recruitment. What's in a name?

I am not at all surprised to see that leading companies and universities are being asked to remove names from application forms in an...

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Naming and shaming

We are often asked questions about what is the best way to engage an individual and whether they are an employee, a worker, a self...

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It's James Bond day, but what is the truth?

From an employment law perspective, can a contract to kill someone stand up under scrutiny of UK employment tribunals, and what do real...

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Gender pay gap

Back in July this year the Government published a consultation on proposals for mandatory gender pay reporting for larger employers,...

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Fast tracking a British Bill of Rights

It just does not seem right that an Act of Parliament guaranteeing our rights as citizens should be rushed through Parliament. ...

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Oppressive?

And there was me thinking that the European Convention on Human Rights guaranteed freedom of expression.

Manchester City's fine for fans booing Champions League anthem? Football has lost contact with Planet Earth

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Presenteeism guilty of keeping dads at work

Only 20% of dads take shared parental leave as cultural pressure keeps them at the coal face

Six months on from the introduction of shared parental leave, most companies have yet to see a large numbers of fathers taking up the...…

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Right to Rent Checks from 1 February 2016

The government has announced that the 'right to rent' check to be carried out by Landlords is coming into force on 1 February 2016. The...

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A Good Day for Diversity

Little and late but better than nothing.

he number of female High Court judges will rise by 10% at a stroke later this year following the appointment of two more women, one of...…

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More changes for apprenticeships on the agenda

Further to my earlier comment, it should also be remembered that further changes aimed at improving the apprenticeships brand are on the...

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Company director sent down

A company director has been sent to prison for 8 months for breach of health and safety regulations

A company has been convicted of corporate manslaughter and the company's director and the employment agency supplying the agency worker...…

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Apprenticeships at risk?

This is an interesting comment on the dilution of the quality of apprenticeships. However, the drive to increase the number of...

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Prison for company director

Company director gets 8 months inside for breach of health and safety regulations

A company has been convicted of corporate manslaughter and the company's director and the employment agency supplying the agency worker...…

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A bleak outlook for first-time buyers in London...

Amidst the reports of ever-increasing house prices, experts suggested that we might move toward the continental model of renting for a...

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Employment law goes back to the future!

Ok I am shamelessly jumping on the bandwagon but I can't let Back to the Future Day pass without comment.

I really enjoyed reading the...

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Blowing the whistle about contractual terms

Workers who report wrongdoing by their employer and third parties (blow the whistle) are protected against victimisation and dismissal....

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Mind the gap?

TFL may be able to help fill the gap. Reported in EGi from Estates Gazette today, TFL may use some of the land it is proposing to release...

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Does localism mean fewer homes?

A recent article on the BBC website about the politics of the housing crisis would certainly seem to suggest so.

The article reports on a...

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Zero Hours Contracts - Finally some guidance

The Department of Business has published guidance on zero hours contracts and when it is appropriate to use them.

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A guide to ... zero hours contracts

Following the ban on exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has produced a guide...

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New ways of working

An interesting blog has been released by Savills this week highlighting the new ways in which we are working. The report suggests that...

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Disruptive tech! The battle continues

Really interesting decision from the High Court today and it sounds like it was pretty emphatic outcome for Uber. This will certainly...

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Want to discuss something? Send a tweet!

This story highlights that more and more people are turning to social media to comment, correspond and vent their frustrations. It is...

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Builders 1 - PRS 0

More fall-out from the PM's announcement at Conference this week. Which policy will triumph, and where will the new homes come from?

Stuart Baseley, executive chairman of the Home Builders Federation, said allowing builders to provide starter homes for sale instead of...…

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Trade Union Bill 2015-16

The Trade Union Bill 2015-16 is being debated this week in committee in the House of Commons.

The Bill initially sought to cover a number...

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#ILookLike...

The recent twitter campaign #ILookLikeAnEngineer has been quickly followed by others such as #ILookLikeAPhysicist and #ILookLikeASurgeon...

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It's not for girls, apparently?!?

It was disappointing but not surprising to see this morning the stereotypes and attitudes that still persist over what sort of jobs are...

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Tesco Disposes of Mothballed Sites

Tesco has announced its deal to dispose of a number of its mothballed sites in the South East. Hopefully this will create an opportunity...

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Discrimination at 40

They used to say life begins at 40 and as I turn 36 in November I hope this is true! Perhaps more importantly the Sex Discrimination Act...

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Snow days

We all know that it is a popular British pastime to speculate about the weather but if you are an employer you might be able to get one...

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Better access to justice, what a great idea!

Pressure is mounting on the Ministry of Justice to review Employment Tribunal fees because the evidence is incontrovertible that badly...

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Review of Employment Tribunal Fees

The introduction of tribunal fees in 2013 has undoubtedly affected the number and type of employment tribunal claims being bought. The...

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Slavery banned... again.

The Modern Slavery Act is due to come in to force this month

Companies with a turnover of £36m or more must prepare a slavery and human trafficking statement each financial year.

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HR - limits on involvement in disciplinary process

The Employment Appeal Tribunal confirms that HR must limit itself to advice on procedure and not on guilt or sanction.

In Ramphal v Department for Transport, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) provided clear guidance on the extent of the role that...…

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Beware bats

Many developers will be aware of the need to get bat and other ecology surveys as part of the planning process. The attached article from...

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Street art is on the rise, but who owns it?

This case raises interesting points regarding whether a tenant is obliged to remove street art murals to comply with their repair...

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Safe Harbour not so safe anymore

From yesterday online businesses that hold personal data will need to deal with individual data protection authorities instead of relying...

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Pay rises for some

The National Minimum Wage increases every year, normally in October and this October is no exception with the standard adult rate for the...

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Parental leave for grandparents

Working grandparents will be entitled to share parental leave if George Osborne gets his way. Aunts and uncles next and what about...

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Business rates reforms announced

New powers announced for local authorities may encourage growth - the overall impact on areas in need of regeneration remains to be seen.

Announcing the surprise reforms at Conservative party conference in Manchester, Osborne promised a “devolution revolution” as announcing...…

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Shared Parental Leave for Grandparents

It has been announced that the Government plans to extend shared parental leave beyond parents, to grandparents. However, employers who...

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Business rates revolution

We've seen commercial rents having had to be adjusted to meet market forces. Now town councils have the flexibility to attract retailers...

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