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The latest publications from Devonshires.

From thought leadership pieces to basic training resources, our lawyers regularly produce leaflets, briefings, newsletters and brochures. Our aim is to help keep our clients ahead of the curve.

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Approved Document B: New and Improved
This article sets out the changes and clarifications made, particularly in Approved Document B: Volume 2, specifically Section 12.
New Government Guidance on Use of High Pressure Laminate Panels in External Walls
On 18 July 2019, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government issued Advice Note 22 concerning the fire safety of external wall systems that incorporate High Pressure Laminate Panels on residential buildings of 18m or more.
Procurement issues in construction: your legal options
James Grinstead, Solicitor, discusses how flaws in the construction procurement process may trigger unfair practices.
How RPs can learn from new corporate governance principles for private companies
Writing for Social Housing, James Lyons, Partner, discusses how RPs can learn from new corporate governance principles for private clients.
Guidance for RP Groups with a charitable organisation as a group member
At the end of March 2019, the Charity Commission published guidance for charities that have a relationship with connected non-charitable entities or organisations.
Beyond ACM: New Government Guidance on Fire Safety of External Wall Systems
On 18 December 2018, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (“MHCLG”) issued its Advice Note 14.
A Bunch of Fives: Punchy and practical training by Devonshires
A Bunch of Fives: Punchy and practical training by Devonshires
Shared Parental Leave & Discrimination
In two key cases, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has confirmed that it is not directly discriminatory to pay enhanced maternity pay but only statutory shared parental leave pay. However, there is a risk that such a practice could be indirectly discriminatory. Direct Discrimination: Ali v Capita Mr Ali’s wife suffered from post natal depression and
Payment in Lieu of Notice (PILON)
Taxation of Termination Payments. From April this year, all payments in lieu of notice (PILON) are now subject to tax. This change is designed, in the words of the government, to “simplify and tighten” the rules around the taxation of termination payments and represents is a significant change from the previous position where different arrangements
Perceived Disability Discrimination
The case of The Chief Constable of Norfolk v Coffey is an important reminder that an individual does not always have to have a particular protected characteristic in order to be discriminated against on the basis of that characteristic. In the first case of this kind, a police officer was found to have been discriminated
Effective Date of Termination: Cosmeceuticals Limited v Parkin
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has confirmed that the effective date of termination of an employee who is summarily dismissed and then given notice will be the date of the summary dismissal and not when the notice expires. When does a dismissal occur? Under the Employment Rights Act 1996, an employee will be dismissed if their
GDPR is here
On 25 May 2018 the much awaited GDPR came into force. This piece of EU legislation will have a significant impact on the requirements employers must fulfil in order to lawfully collect and process personal data about their employees. It’s therefore important that employers are not only aware of the changes and new rights for