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D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: ICO Guidance on employee subject access requests
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published new guidance for businesses and employers on responding to subject access requests (SARs), helping them to comply with a SAR and to answer commonly asked questions by employers.
Homes England issues updates to certain provisions of the 2021/2026 prescribed form Shared Ownership leases
On 07 June 2023 Homes England published updates to section 11 of the Capital Funding Guide (see 11.2.5) “because of the addition of new fundamental clauses to model leases to reflect the Shared Ownership product for homes funded by Homes England through the AHP 2021 to 2026”.
Housing Ombudsman issues call for evidence for its upcoming Spotlight report on Communications and Relationships
The Housing Ombudsman has issued its latest call for evidence into communications and relationships for its next Spotlight report. The report will address ‘the latest social injustices facing the housing sector’.
Another contractor enters insolvency – Administration in construction contracts
With an increasing number of contractors and other industry participants entering various formal insolvency processes at the moment, we briefly consider what administration is and the issues that arise for an Employer under a construction contract.
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: Three new family friendly Acts
Three new family friendly Acts received Royal Assent in May, giving further employment rights to parents and carers.
Co-insurance proves tricky in construction contracts
Judgment in FM Conway v The Rugby Football Union makes clear how important the contractual arrangements are in determining the extent of project parties’ respective insurance coverage, even if co-insured.
Infrastructure Levy – Consultation due to close this week
The consultation on a national Infrastructure Levy (“the Levy”) proposed by the Department for Levelling Up Housing and Communities (“DLUHC”) is due to close this Friday, 9 June 2023.
Court of Appeal confirms shared owners are entitled to apply for the right to manage their block
The Court of Appeal has confirmed that a shared ownership lease granted for more than 21 years is a ‘long lease’ for the purposes of the right to manage legislation, irrespective of the size of the tenant’s share in the property.
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: Health and Safety Dismissals
In Miles v Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency the EAT held that the Claimant was not subjected to a detriment or a dismissal for health and safety reasons when he refused to go back to work as a driving examiner during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Renters Reform Bill: Key Issues For Executives and Boards
The Renters Reform Bill has been long-anticipated, promising far-reaching reforms of housing law in England. What key issues should Boards of registered providers be considering in relation to the Bill?
Devonshires Quarterly Banking Update – May 2023
Issued every three months, the Banking Update provides you with a brief snapshot of what our team have been up to, as well as a look at any big sector updates or changes.
‘Higher-risk buildings’ – New duties concerning ‘Key Building Information’
The Higher-Risk Buildings (Key Building Information etc.) (England) Regulations 2023 came into force last month: what duties do they create and who is responsible?