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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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“Am I bovvered?” … if councils manage RPs’ stock
Apparently it’s too much bother for Esther McVey to tell Parliament what she thinks about councils managing the housing stock of Registered Providers (RPs). It is, nevertheless, a live debate.
Development uncertainty continuing in the Solent Area
A recent decision to refuse an extra bedroom in a Portsmouth House in Multiple Occupation on the grounds that it would cause harm to the environment is a reminder of the effect of Natural England’s (NE) advice about nitrate pollution in the Solent area.
Inspectors report on the draft London Plan published
The London Plan is the statutory Spatial Development Strategy for Greater London prepared by the Mayor of London. A panel of Inspectors, appointed by the Secretary of State to examine the draft London Plan, have published their report.
Complying with the Equity Loan Scheme
In our new article, we discuss the success of the help to buy equity loan scheme and the care that providers need to take in order to comply with consumer credit or regulated mortgage legislation.
Statutory Demands – An effective tool to collecting debts?
So, you are a small business and are owed £5,000 for unpaid invoices by a supplier. But you have received no response or any payment. Would sending a statutory demand be a useful tool for you to use to collect the debt?
Shared Ownership: time to think again
In our new article, Jonathan Corris and Jonathan Jarvis, Partners, discuss how the market could finally be warming to the benefits of Shared Ownership.
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.