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Guidance on vacant building credit updated
We recently reported on the introduction of the vacant building credit (VBC) to incentivise brownfield development on sites containing vacant buildings.
ECJ Clarification on ‘establishment’ for the purpose of collective redundancy consultation
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) held that ‘establishment’ refers to an individual workplace, as opposed to an aggregated total of workplaces.   This will be both a welcome clarification and relief for larger employers. Their obligations under the Collective Redundancies Directive 98/59 and s.188 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (TULRCA)
Devonshires advise on new £40m private placement for Estuary Housing Association
Devonshires are delighted to announce that they have advised Estuary Housing Association on a new £40m private placement with M&G Investments, which will enable Estuary to build 400 new homes by 2018.
Devonshires act on major housing acquisition
Devonshires acted for Muir Group Housing Association in connection with its acquisition of O.P. Building Maintenance Services Ltd, a repairs and maintenance company that has worked with Muir for several years.
Assets of Community Value
Devonshires acted for Muir Group Housing Association in connection with its acquisition of O.P. Building Maintenance Services Ltd, a repairs and maintenance company that has worked with Muir for several years.
Employment Law Changes in April 2015
There are a number of key changes that come into force on 5 April 2015 that employers need to be ready for. Our blog post summarises these changes.
Diet controlled Type 2 Diabetes is not a Disability
Diet controlled Type 2 diabetes does not amount to a disability under the Equality Act 2010 (EqA 2010) according to a recent finding by the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) in Metroline Travel Ltd v Stoute.
Akerman-Livingstone v Aster Communities Limited
On 11 March 2015, the Supreme Court handed down their judgment in the case of Akerman-Livingstone v Aster Communities Limited (formerly Flourish Homes Limited) [2015] UKSC 15.
A2 Dominion Council Tax Exemption Case
The cases concerned whether a charitable housing association is entitled to council tax exemption for the void periods between lettings.
Property Guardianship – A Warning
We recently obtained a Possession Order for One Housing Group.
Disrepair Claim Dismissed
Devonshires recently acted for Industrial Dwellings Society (“IDS”) in a case brought against them for disrepair at the property.