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2021 Predictions: What’s on the Horizon for Construction?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

The outlook for the year ahead is uncertain with the effects of post-Brexit rules to contend with and COVID-19 continuing to restrict the way we live and work. We look at what the year may have in store for the construction industry. COVID-19 There is no doubt that the pandemic has caused challenges for the construction industry and is likely to have a significant impact into 2021...

Home Working not the Panacea
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

This article forms part of our ‘New How: Perspectives’ report: ‘Home Working not the Panacea’. To access this free report, please click on the download link to the right of this page.   Home. Noun. Meaning: “The place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household.” Not any longer. Home is now also where many of us work...

Is the COVID-19 Vaccination in a Child’s Best Interest?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

If parents cannot agree whether their children should be vaccinated, they can make an application under Section 8 of the Children Act 1989 to ask a judge to determine the issue. In M v H (Private Law Vaccination) [2020],  the mother objected to the parties' two children aged six-years-old and four-years-old  being given routine childhood vaccines in accordance with the NHS vaccination schedule...

Bitesize: Freeports – Joint Ventures
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

To boost the economy post-Brexit the government is committed to establishing up to 10 freeports across the UK and published a bidding prospectus at the end of last year. In our bitesize articles we provide a high-level overview of some of the key considerations if you are planning to participate in a bid and/or are considering the potential benefits of locating (or relocating) all or part of your business within a freeport (when established)...

Capacity and Lockdown Part 3.0
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

The Court of Protection is a specialist Court, focussing solely on supporting vulnerable individuals. This past year has acutely highlighted the needs of those most vulnerable in our society and their dependency on others to help manage their affairs. The Court has had to adjust its practices in order to ensure that help and solutions are found for those lacking capacity with minimal delay...

Is Furlough Leave an Option for Struggling Parents?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

Lockdown 3.0 is upon us and once again schools are closed and working parents find themselves having to balance childcare and home-schooling whilst trying to manage their own work and responsibilities. For those who cannot reasonably work from home, or who may struggle with having to provide childcare at the same time as meeting the demands of their role, employers are able to consider offering furlough leave as an option...

2021 Predictions: What is on the Horizon for Real Estate?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that no one can predict the future. But as we start 2021, we look at some of the legislative changes impacting real estate and expected to come into force, or be progressed, this year. Residential With Brexit concluded and the prospect of vaccinations bringing the Coronavirus pandemic under control, the government is keen to pursue its agenda of levelling up the country...

How will Brexit impact UK IP Rights? Introduction
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

Are you concerned about the impact of Brexit on your IP lifecycle? We’ve prepared the following guidance as the introduction to our new Brexit and IP five-part info series where we detail the impacts of Brexit on the various stages of the IP lifecycle. 1...

Proof by Sampling in Construction Cases
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

How does one resolve a dispute involving thousands of individual items where it is impractical to deal separately with each one? A recent decision in the Technology and Construction Court provides some guidance - but raises further questions. The case is Standard Life Assurance Limited v Gleeds (UK)(a firm) and Others (December 2020, TCC). Standard Life had engaged Costain as its main contractor for the development of a large residential and retail development in Berkshire...

The Changing Face of the Office
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

This article forms part of our ‘New How: Perspectives’ report: ‘Can real estate help solve the productivity puzzle?’. To access this free report, please click on the download link to the right of this page.   Contrary to popular belief, the Covid pandemic has not destroyed real estate as an investment class; rather it has accelerated the rate at which it was already evolving...

Court of Appeal Holds Business Rates Payable Despite Property Guardian Scheme
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

The Court of Appeal has overturned a decision by the Upper Tribunal and confirmed that a property guardianship scheme did not mitigate liability for business rates. Background Property guardians are individuals who temporarily live in empty property at reduced rents, ostensibly to protect it from damage and squatters. Typically, they are students, key workers or young professionals looking for cheap living space...

When is a Change more than a Change?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

Sometimes a claimant realises that it has made a mistake. Its case may be pleaded incorrectly, elements of its claim may be unsustainable or stronger claims could be available to it. With permission, amendments can be made but when do these changes become something more than a simple amendment? R G Carter In the recent case of R. G...

Shoosmiths: Top Covid Insights
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

As we face a new period of lockdown, the memories of March come flooding back. However, it is useful to remember that, as a nation, we are better prepared this time, and our shared experiences of the last ten months will help to ensure we tackle the challenge ahead positively, constructively and from a more informed position than before...

2021 Predictions: Employment Law Changes on the Horizon
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

After what can only be described as a difficult year (an annus horribilis!) for employers and employees alike, we turn our attention to 2021 and look at some of the more significant legislative changes coming into force this year. Furlough continues The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 April 2021...

Tricky Issues: When is Misconduct ‘Gross Misconduct’?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

Kicking off our 2021 Tricky Issues Series, in this article we consider when misconduct is sufficiently serious to amount to gross misconduct. Misconduct v gross misconduct – why does it matter? Misconduct is one of the five potentially fair reasons an employer must have to dismiss an employee fairly. In this context, misconduct usually refers to two types of improper or unacceptable behaviour – ordinary misconduct and gross misconduct...

FCA Publishes 2020 Fines Data & Calls for More Resources
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

The FCA has published details of the financial penalties imposed during 2020 showing a significant fall on previous years in the number of penalties imposed and aggregate value. It also calls for greater resources to help tackle frauds and scams. In 2020 the FCA imposed 11 fines totalling £192,570,018. Despite the number of fines reducing significantly there was still a range in the issues which resulted in penalties being imposed...

Social Mobility in 2020: An Update
Shoosmiths LLP, December 2020

As part of our ongoing focus on social mobility, we look at the impacts of the pandemic on existing and new social mobility challenges, how we're responding, and what businesses can focus on in 2021. 2020 has been a year like no other. The way we live, work, and connect has changed significantly. The way we do business continues to evolve...

Five Reasons why Collaborating will Create a Better Future for Everyone
Shoosmiths LLP, December 2020

Reid Hoffman is an American-based venture capitalist, author and entrepreneur at Greylock Partners who is best known for being the co-creator of the social network, LinkedIn...

The Charity Governance Code Refresh: What has Changed?
Shoosmiths LLP, December 2020

Charities need many things to make a difference, including good people and sufficient funding, but effective leadership underpins everything and the recently refreshed Charity Governance Code is a valuable tool in striving to practise good governance...

IHL series: End of Free Movement - The Essentials
Shoosmiths LLP, December 2020

On 16 December we held a webinar as part of the IHL series looking at the preparatory steps you need to have in place within your organisation as well as outline the new Immigration routes from January 2021 and onwards. We have briefly summarised the key points discussed and further sources of guidance below. The information contained in it is for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice...

COVID-19 Vaccination – What every Employer Needs to Know
Shoosmiths LLP, December 2020

Is coronavirus vaccination a cure that will solve many challenges faced by employers or does it just inject further issues for employers to deal with? We answer the key questions. To be vaccinated or not to be vaccinated? That is the question... being discussed in homes and in workplaces up and down the country...

Returning to Work and Employee Mental Health
Shoosmiths LLP, December 2020

With employees potentially returning to the workplace, we take a look at what will need to be done to tackle a number of mental health challenges – both for people and the companies they work for. Part three of our mental health series. With the second lockdown now over and the tier system fully in play, some employers are finding themselves able to open and trade again...

Setting off to Defend – Can the Adjudicator Hear You?
Shoosmiths LLP, December 2020

Set-off is a common defence in adjudication. When money is sought it is likely that any available deductions or cross-claims will be used to prevent payment. But does an adjudicator have jurisdiction to consider them? This point was recently re-examined in Global Switch Estates 1 Limited v Sudlows Limited [2020] EWHC 3314 (TCC). Global Switch Global Switch employed Sudlows to fit out and upgrade its data centre in London under a contract based on the JCT Design and Build 2011...

Government Launches Long-Awaited Energy White Paper
Shoosmiths LLP, December 2020

The government has launched its long-awaited Energy White Paper, expanding on the government’s 10-point plan for a Green Industrial Revolution. The Energy White Paper commits to the creation and support of up to 220,000 jobs over the next decade, ranging from jobs in major power generation, carbon capture storage and hydrogen projects supported by a new £240 million net zero Hydrogen Fund, to the retrofit of homes and buildings for greater energy efficiency...

Significant U-Turn on the Standard Method as the Government Publishes its Response to the Consultation on its Housing Need Proposals
Shoosmiths LLP, December 2020

Yesterday the government published its response to the consultation on the proposed changes to the calculation of local housing need set out in the ‘Changes to the current planning system’ document published on 6 August 2020. To say that the outcome of the consultation constitutes a u-turn on planning policy would be an understatement...

 

 

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