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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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Governance and Regulation – Quarterly round-up
A round-up of this quarter's key developments in relation to governance and regulatory issues.
Health and Safety Update – electrical safety and carbon monoxide alarms
Through the Levelling Up White Paper and the Social Housing White Paper, the Government is seeking to ensure that social housing has satisfactory electrical safety and uniformity with the private rented sector.
Updated guidance – the Charities Act 2022
The Charity Commission has issued guidance on the changes being introduced by the Charities Act 2022 (the Act) that are planned to come into effect in autumn 2022.
Thinking outside of the “E” on ESG
While it is not mandatory for housing providers to report against ESG criteria, the sector has led the way in creating its own reporting standard, the Sustainability Reporting Standard for Social Housing (the Standard), which was launched in November 2020.
How Independent Should Your Senior Independent Director Be?
The Senior Independent Director (SID) is not a new concept and has been included in various iterations of the UK Corporate Governance Code following the publication of the Higgs Review in 2003. That Review recommended that boards of publicly listed companies should appoint a SID.
Codes of Conduct – a tool for developing business ethics
The NHF issued its revised model code of conduct (the NHF Code) in May. The NHF Code seeks to provide a template for an ethical working environment, on which an organisation’s reputation can be developed. But why is this important, and what can organisations get from adopting a Code of Conduct?
Building Safety Act and the extension to limitation periods
The Government’s response to the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy and the recommendations of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety conducted by Dame Hackitt has led to myriad changes in legislation affecting the construction industry.
The levelling up agenda – what’s the future?
The concept of levelling up was first introduced in the Conservative 2019 manifesto.  The original concept was linked to the Conservative Party’s promise to listen to people who had felt left behind by decades of economic growth. 
Devonshires’ Debt Recovery Portal – instruct us online
Our Devonshires’ Debt Recovery Portal provides our clients with 24/7 access and the ability to produce letters of demand at their own convenience for a fast, efficient and effective means of recovering monies.
Preparing your contracts for the anticipated transparency requirements following the draft Social Housing (Regulation) Bill
This briefing focusses on the anticipated introduction of standards relating to information and transparency.
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: Calculating holiday pay in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in Harpur Trust v Brazel
In Harpur Trust v Brazel, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that part-year workers who are engaged under permanent contracts are entitled to 5.6 weeks of annual leave, and their entitlement should not be reduced pro rata to reflect the number of hours they work.
Electrical Safety in the Social Rented Sector: Consultation and Call for Evidence
In the 2020 Social Housing White Paper, the Government committed to consult on measures to ensure that social homes are safe in respect of electrical safety.