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Holiday Pay Update – Backdating claims will be capped at two years
We reported that Unite had confirmed that it would not be appealing the Employment Appeal Tribunal judgement in Bear Scotland Ltd v Fulton and Others (see here). The government has added further clarity to the situation by introducing the Deduction from Wages (Limitation) Regulations 2014, which came into force on 8 January 2015. The new
Age Discrimination – Changes to terms and conditions justified
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held in Braithwaite and ors v HCL Insurance BPO Services Ltd and another case, that an employer’s decision to impose new terms and conditions was not unjustified indirect age discrimination. The claimants transferred to HIBS Ltd under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE). As a
New Procurement Regulations to come into force on 26 February
The Government has announced that the new Procurement Regulations will come into force in the UK on 26 February. The new Regulations will make some important to changes to public procurement in the UK. It will be important for all of our contracting authority clients (which include Registered Providers and Local Authorities) to understand how the current regime will change, and what these changes will mean for them in practice.
A warm welcome to our new Real Estate & Projects solicitors
Devonshires are pleased to welcome Matthew Webb, Brian Hearne and Krissun Soodin to the Real Estate & Projects team.
Navigating Judicial Review – The Regulators’ Side
The impending government reforms to judicial review (JR) are a timely reminder of the importance of the procedure to regulators. A Special Report, produced by Devonshires Solicitors demonstrates that JR is not always welcome, and for smaller regulators in particular, it can prove a costly exercise. But equally JR can confer real benefits in endorsing a regulatory approach and bringing certainty to the regulator and regulated alike.
Right to be accompanied: Acas updates Code
In December 2013 Acas consulted on changes to its Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures (the Code) to reflect the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT)’s ruling in Toal v GB Oils.
Devonshires act on landmark banking matter with first bond of the New Year
Devonshires’ Banking Governance and Corporate Team have acted for Paragon Community Housing Group in the first RP bond deal to be completed in 2015.
Devonshires advise Dolphin Square Foundation on new RP
Devonshires is acting for Dolphin Square Foundation on its registration of a new registered provider with the Homes and Communities Agency. Dolphin Square is itself a registered charity and has recently acquired the New Era estate.
Devonshires act for Spectrum on joint venture with Galliford Try to development of 1,600 new homes
As part of the trend of those operating within the housing sector looking to explore new exciting opportunities, Devonshires Solicitors has recently acted on behalf of Spectrum Housing Group in relation to a joint venture with Galliford Try in relation to a development of a 1,600 housing scheme with associated infrastructure worth a reported £400m over a period of 20 years.
Devonshires advise on creation of new Stonewater Group
The Devonshires Banking and Governance Team acted for Jephson in connection with its complex merger with Raglan Housing. The merger has resulted in the creation of the new Stonewater organisation, one of the largest social housing providers in England, with an estimated annual turnover of around £160m.
Obesity May Amount to a Disability
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has now confirmed that there is no general principle of EU law which prohibits discrimination on grounds of obesity. Therefore obesity can be considered a disability under EU law in the case of Kaltoft v Municipality of Bilund. For our analysis of the Advocate General’s opinion click here.