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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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Housing Management Brief: Issue 20
We hope you like the new format which gives you the usual updates on typical Housing Management Issues, but also gives you more of an idea of who’s behind the Devonshires Housing Management Team.
Are we going the REIT way?
The London Stock Exchange is beginning to see a surge in investor interest in UK housing stock through investment in tax efficient vehicles known as Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REITs”).
The Charity Governance Code
An updated version of the Charity Governance Code was published on 13 July, setting out higher standards and urging larger charities to carry out external reviews every three years.
Has your AGM become stale?
With company secretaries under increasing pressure to find more effective ways to communicate with shareholders, registered providers (RPs) need to take a closer look at the role of their AGM.
Payment Practice Now a Reporting Requirement For Large Firms
As of 6 April 2017 certain large businesses are required to report on their payment practices, policies and performance.
PSC Register One Year On
In this article, we look at how the people with significant control (PSC) regime has so far been implemented and enforced, and how proposed changes to the legal landscape could impact the regime’s application.
New Free Service at Companies House
The Companies House instant updates service lets you receive email alerts of company transactions. The alert tells you instantly what’s been filed as soon as it’s been accepted by Companies House.
Capital Market Funding: Governance and Disclosure Guidelines
Although this article specifically references housing associations, the guidance raises issues of disclosure for any organisation that is seeking to raise funds by way of listed bonds.
Fundraising Regulator Steps Up a Gear
Your charity may have received a letter from the Fundraising Regulator asking it to pay a fundraising levy.
Property Management – the shape of things to come for RPs?
With an estimated pipeline of £17 billion of rental stock and a forecasted requirement of some £300 billion more over the next 5 years, Registered Providers (also known as RPs) find themselves facing an interesting strategic dilemma. Are they better off sticking or twisting?
Contaminated Blood Scandal
On the 26th of April 2017 the Guardian published an article indicating that Andy Burnham MP had called on the Government to open an enquiry into the Contaminated Blood Scandal of the 1970’s and 1980’s.
Actions needed following Each Baby Counts investigation
An investigation by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has revealed the actions needed to prevent baby deaths and brain injuries during childbirth.