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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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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.
New Government Advice Note on Balconies on Residential Buildings
In this publication, we discuss the Advice Note 14 and consider the steps building owners should take.
Safety costs and finance issues: what are the options for HAs?
As widespread remedial works continue, Mark London and Julian Barker look into the legal and financial implications for housing associations.
6 Tips for Dealing with Employee Data Subject Access Requests
A huge amount of personal data is collected by employers about employees during the course of their employment, meaning that a Data Subject Access Request (DSAR) made by an employee can be a time-consuming task.
Discrimination arising from a disability – mistaken belief
Discrimination arising from a disability takes place when an employer treats an employee less favourably, not because of their disability, but because of “something” arising in consequence of the employee’s disability.
Recruitment: Creating a diverse workforce
Creating an inclusive and diverse workforce is still one of the biggest challenges facing companies. There are many reasons why a diverse workforce is beneficial for organisations.
What next for NDAs?
For many employers, a confidentiality clause or non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is considered a standard part of a settlement agreed with an employee.
How far does the principle of vicarious liability extend?
It is a well-known principle that employers can be held vicariously liable for the actions of their employees in the workplace. The test is whether or not those acts are closely connected with the employment.
Consultation on exit payment flexibility in the LGPS
Following a Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) consultation earlier this year around risk sharing, the Government has opened a further LGPS consultation on, amongst other things, flexibility around exit payments.
Employment Brief – 2019
This edition considers topics such as the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), whether an employee’s mistaken belief can give rise to disability discrimination and tips for dealing with data subject access requests.