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House movers insist on Covid Clauses amid fears of local lockdowns
James Gostling discusses the increase in clients asking for Covid Clauses to be inserted into their contracts when moving home, and why it advisable to consider inserting the clause.
More employees likely to face pay cuts as furlough scheme makes taking a salary reduction socially acceptable
Partner Katie Maguire comments that thousands more UK workers could face pay cuts because the Furlough Scheme has made it more ‘socially acceptable’ for employers to ask staff to take a permanent salary reduction.
Summer Statement 2020: Employment Programmes
Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced his 3 point plan to get millions of people back to work: 1) to support people to find jobs, 2) to create jobs, and 3) to protect jobs. In this article, we focus on the employment programmes that were announced.
Changes to Stamp Duty Announced in the Chancellor’s Budget
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has today announced temporary changes to the Stamp Duty Land Tax regime.
The Coronavirus Act – Commercial Tenancies
The Coronavirus Act 2020 (the Act) came into force yesterday and it has introduced a number of measures in relation to Commercial Tenancies
Off-Payroll Working: How to take “reasonable care” when making a status determination
One of the key aspects of the new off payroll working rules is the obligation on the client to determine the status of a contractor providing services through an intermediary.
Electrical safety inspections and private registered providers: why it matters
On 31st October last year the Government published the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020.
Devonshires cements its commitment to the North with Leeds office expansion
We are pleased to announce that our Leeds office has moved to larger premises in the city to accommodate planned expansion.
Five legal developments for employees and employers in 2020
In this article, we identify the five important developments of 2020 HR and Employment law, and how these are likely to affect both workers and employers rights.
Ban on Combustible Materials in External Wall Systems
The Building (Amendment) Regulations 2018 – SI 2018/1230 come into force on 21 December 2018. This article considers what this means for current and future projects.
Government Publishes Consultation on New Court Dedicated to Housing
The Government has published a consultation on establishing a new court dedicated to housing.