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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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D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: Government Response to Consultation on Sexual Harassment and New Duties for Employers
On 11 July 2019, the Government opened a consultation to review sexual harassment in the workplace on the back of the #metoo movement. That consultation closed on 2 October 2019 and given the intervening pandemic, the Government has only just released their response. This has confirmed that the Government intends to introduce a duty requiring employers to prevent sexual harassment.
Expert Statement on Building Safety: Medium and lower-rise buildings
On 21 July 2021 the Government announced a further, significant, development in its ongoing attempts to support leaseholders in medium to lower-rise buildings (under 18m) who have faced difficulty in selling, anxiety at the potential cost of remediation and concern at the safety of their homes.
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: Limitations to the Employer’s Justification Defence in a Disability Claim
Managing absent employees can be a long process, particularly where the absence is as a result of a disability. It can be tempting for employers to rely on medical evidence that is not current with a view to bringing matters to a close sooner but as the recent case of Brightman v TIAA Limited has held, this can have an impact on any later objective justification defence.
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: How to deal with allegations of having a toxic workplace
BrewDog, the craft brewers, have been in the media spotlight recently amidst allegations of having a toxic workplace culture and bullying claims from their employees. Media sources have indicated that BrewDog has apologised to its employees in light of these allegations; however, allegations of bullying or having a toxic workplace are something that can many employers can face from time to time. In this article we review the best ways for employers to deal with these allegations should they arise.
Strategic Land Series – Option Agreements
With strategic land becoming more competitive due to its cost effective nature in providing some security for future pipeline delivery, Katie Fung, a Partner in the Real Estate & Projects team at Devonshires, will discuss the key differences between various strategic land structures in this series.
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: Gibson v Lothian Leisure: dismissals relating to health and safety of COVID-19
The Employment Tribunal has found that an employee had been unfairly dismissed for raising health and safety issues with their employer, about a lack of PPE or other workplace COVID- secure measures, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Building Safety Bill Update
On 5 July 2021, the Government published the latest (and perhaps final) version of the Building Safety Bill (“Bill”), which among other things is designed to ensure that problems identified with building safety in higher risk buildings do not occur in new buildings and are appropriately mitigated and managed in existing buildings.
Charities Bill Update: Land Transactions
Those dealing with charity land will not be surprised that the topic of regulation of disposals of land split consultees to the 2017 Law Commission report “Technical Issues in Charity Law”. The Government’s response to the Law Commission is set out in the recently published Charities Bill 2021.
The New Model for Shared Ownership Lease: A decade of repair costs for Landlords
On 1 April 2021, the Government published its summary of responses received to its ‘New Model for Shared Ownership Consultation’ which concluded in late 2020.
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: Dobson v North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
A landmark ruling has recently been handed down by the President of the Employment Appeal Tribunal, in which Justice Choudhury, ruled that employment tribunal’s judgments must take childcare disparity into account, particularly in respect of indirect discrimination claims. 
Charities Bill Update
For company secretaries looking for helpful reading in advance of this year’s “staycation”, they might consider the recently published Charities Bill 2021.
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: Managing an Uncertain Summer with Employees and International Travel
The international travel ban in the UK, which has been in place for the majority of the COVID-19 pandemic, was lifted by the UK government on 17 May 2021. However, with the introduction of the government’s traffic light system on international travel, including the potential for quarantine or self-isolation requirements, it could be a difficult summer for employers to navigate.