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Modern Slavery Act 2015: large businesses to publish slavery and human trafficking statement
In March this year, the Government introduced the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to tackle slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking in England and Wales.
Court finds guidance on affordable housing planning obligations unlawful
The High Court has taken the unusual step of interfering with Government policy in West Berkshire District Council and another v Department for Communities and Local Government.
Using the FTT’s Rules to Manage Disputes
In our last edition we set out some of the new rules which apply to the First Tier Property Tribunal (FTT), following its introduction in place of the LVT.
Recovering the Costs of Preparing s146 Notices
Where a leaseholder has breached the terms of their lease (other than non-payment of rent) the landlord can serve a notice under s.146 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1925 giving a reasonable period of time for the leaseholder to respond regarding remedying the breach, if it is capable of being remedied.
Reasonableness of Service Charges for Improvements
Whether works or services provided by a landlord can be recharge to leaseholders is a matter of the construction of the lease.
Section 20 Statutory Consultation for “Dwellings”
It is well known that the consultation process for service charges, pursuant to s20 of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985 applies to residential properties.
Ask the Expert: Time Limits on Recovery of Service Charges
We are a Registered Provider of Housing and we are intending to recover the costs of works which were carried out to the roof to a block of flats.
Leasehold Management Brief
In this edition service charges play a prominent part.
Trade Union Bill
In the wake of the recent Tube strikes, the Government plans to introduce a Trade Union Bill to ‘democratise’ industrial action. The Bill will introduce new thresholds to validate any such action; a 50 percent turnout of union members in all sectors will be required to back action. In the public sector, 40 percent of
Gender pay gap consultation launched
On 14 July 2015, the Government announced its aspiration to “end the gender pay gap in a generation” by implementing Section 78 of the Equality Act 2010. Section 78 of the Equality Act 2010 contains a power for the Government to make regulations requiring employers with at least 250 employees to publish information relating to
Tribunal fees to be reviewed following freefall in employment claims
At the outset the Coalition Government committed to a review of the system and, although not stated in the Conservative manifesto, the new Government has now agreed the Ministry of Justice’s terms of reference.
Devonshires Advise Three of the G15 on Their Latest Capital Markets Fundraisings
The Devonshires LLP Banking and Securitisation Teams are delighted to announce the completion of the third of three of the largest capital markets transactions in the RP sector since July.