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Employment Status – Pimlico Plumbers in the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court has finally delivered its decision in the important Pimlico Plumber’s case in a ruling which has far reaching consequences for workers considered to be self-employed in the so called “gig economy”. The facts of the case are simple. Gary Smith was one of 380 tradesmen working for Pimlico Plumbers, a London-based domestic
Devonshires act for A2Dominion on its £60m private debt agreement with IFM Investors
Devonshires are delighted to have advised A2Dominion on its £60m private debt agreement with IFM Investors. The privately-financed investment, issued as an unsecured nine-year floating-rate note due 2027 is the first transaction by IFM Investors in the UK social housing sector. The investment was made by IFM’s infrastructure debt team on behalf of two insurance
IT’S THE LAW: National Health Service / National Housing Shortage Disposing of Surplus NHS Land
The Conservative Government regularly emphasises the importance, as they see it, of receipts from the disposal of surplus NHS land as a key capital funding stream for the NHS. They estimate surplus NHS land valued at around £3.3bn will be available for disposal in the near future. Broadly speaking, ownership of the NHS Estate is
Data Protection Act 2018 Received Royal Assent on 23 May 2018
The Data Protection Act 2018 ("DPA 2018") received Royal Assent on 23 May 2018 and is now an Act of Parliament.
Rock Advertising Limited V MWB Business Exchange Centres Limited
The fact that the Supreme Court has upheld no oral modification clauses as meaning there cannot be an oral variation, shouldn’t come as a surprise. It is what it says on the tin! However, this is not necessarily the end of the story… The Case In this case, Rock had entered into a contractual licence
Incorrect and unjustifiable threats of legal action can amount to harassment – Metropolitan Housing Trust –v- (1) Worthington (2) Parkin
Mr Worthington and Ms Parkin were long-term assured tenants of Metropolitan Housing Trust, living on the same estate.
Managing Risk: Expert guidance and solutions for registered providers
On the 17th May we held our first ever Devonshires Conference which focused on the biggest challenges affecting the UK’s social housing sector.
The Hackitt Report: An overview
Yesterday saw the release of Dame Judith Hackitt’s long-awaited Report of Building Regulations and Fire Safety. Following on from her interim finding that the current regulatory framework was “not fit for purpose,” Dame Hackitt recommends a complete overhaul of the regulatory framework in relation to the construction and management of high-rise residential multi-occupancy buildings (referred
Mayor of London to kickstart council homebuilding in London
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced that he will support councils to build 10,000 new council homes over the next four years with special funding from a £1.67bn pot. This is understood to be the first programme from City Hall which focuses specifically on council housing and replacing the housing stock lost through
Spotlight on….Ben Tarbard
Our new spotlight series gives an insight into the diverse people that work for Devonshires. Here Ben Tarbard talks about switching from General Office Clerk to Paralegal and his plans to become a Chartered Legal Executive.  
Can custom build go mainstream?
The term ‘custom build’ has been around since 2011, but the UK has been slow to embrace this way of housebuilding. Compared to other European countries, we’re lagging behind, constructing these types of homes at a much lower rate. However, this trend could be about to change. Comprising 1,900 homes, Graven Hill in Oxfordshire has
Breast scan error ‘shortened up to 270 lives’
Up to 270 women in England may have died because they did not receive invitations to a final routine breast cancer screening.  This information comes from the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Mr Hunt, speaking in the Commons, has said 450,000 women aged 68-71 had failed to get invitations since 2009. He has announced an independent