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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.
Fraudsters Purporting to be Bailiffs
We have become aware of a fraud being perpetrated which involves fraudsters, purporting to be bailiffs with a lawful warrant, attending the premises of an organisation and seeking to seize goods to satisfy an unpaid debt.
Time to review your PFI portfolio
Phillip Hammond’s third budget as Chancellor, announced to the House of Commons yesterday, has confirmed that there will be no new PFI projects.
Cryptocurrency Fraud is Rising and so is Litigation
Devonshires has been instructed by a private investor who has been scammed by an FCA regulated FX trader during the sale of £1 million of Bitcoins.
Case Law Round Up – Litigants in Person
In March 2018, Sir Terence Etherton identified that permission to appeal applications made by litigants in person (“LiPs”) in the civil division of the Court of Appeal stood at 42% of all applications for the 12 months ending 31 January 2018.