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Working with the National Housing Federation
Devonshires has acted for the National Housing Federation on the new Voluntary Right to Buy Proposal and the reclassification by the Office for National Statistics of housing associations as public bodies.
Supreme Court judgment provides new legal remedy for parents without parental responsibility
Parents without parental responsibility – who are often unmarried fathers and non-biological parents – will have easier recourse to justice if their child is removed from the UK following a judgment from the Supreme Court.
Housing associations urged to fight Environmental Protection Act claims
Housing associations are being urged to take a stand against the rising number of prosecutions being brought by tenants under the Environmental Protection Act, following a successful legal case.
Financial worries could break divorce day trend
The first Monday in January is dubbed divorce day, but a new study reveals that money worries are prompting people to buck this trend.
New EU Procurement Thresholds for 2016
The European Commission has published new EU public procurement thresholds.
Devonshires Solicitors Launch The Debt Collection Centre
On Friday 20 November 2015 Devonshires Solicitors launched a debt-recovery service called The Debt Collection Centre in response to growing demand for debt recovery as the economy recovers and businesses get tougher with late payers.
Modern Slavery Act 2015: preparing a slavery and human-trafficking statement
Earlier this year, we reported[1] on how the Modern Slavery Act 2015 had introduced an obligation on organisations to produce an annual statement of the measures they had taken to ensure there was no modern slavery (including human trafficking) in their own businesses or supply chains. A Practical Guide on how to ensure compliance with Section 54 has now been published by the Home Office.
Labour Costs: National Minimum Wage and Proposed Enforcement Measures
On 1 October 2015, over one million workers received a pay rise with the increase in the National Minimum Wage (NMW).
Devonshires Solicitors Launch Devonshires Basements
Devonshires Solicitors have launched a new professional services brand, Devonshires Basements, at an event at the unique and exclusive Home House private members club in Portman Square.
Extending Shared Parental Leave to Grandparents
They say it takes a village to raise a child. George Osborne appears to agree with this proverb in some respects with a proposed extension of Shared Parental Leave to grandparents.
Court of Appeal restricts pension benefits for surviving spouses in same sex partnerships
The Court of Appeal has dismissed Walker v Innospec, an appeal concerning equality of pension entitlements for same sex couples.
The Role of Human Resources in Disciplinary Proceedings – The risks of crossing the line
A recent Employment Appeal Tribunal decision has provided a reminder of the role of Human Resources in disciplinary proceedings.