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28Apr

Fixing the broken housing market?

In recent months, Ministers have admitted that the Government is behind schedule in its aim to build one million new houses by 2020. 250,000 new homes are needed per year, to keep up with demand.  The Government, in their recent White Paper, proposed a number of strategies in an attempt to alleviate the housing crisis […]

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26Apr

What does the General Election mean for Brexit?

After consistently saying she would not be calling an early election, Prime Minister Theresa May has done just that. A snap General Election will therefore be taking place on 8th June 2017. Mrs May says the election is needed because opposition parties are threatening to derail the government’s preparations for Brexit and that a successful […]

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20Apr

Employment Law Changes – What has come into force this month?

A number of changes are taking place this month in employment law. Highlighted below are the main ones which employers should be aware of. Gender pay gap reporting There is a new legal requirement that UK companies with 250 or more employees will have to publish their gender pay gaps within the next year. Public, […]

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Apr

Uber appeal hearing confirmed

Uber has been granted leave to appeal against the ruling that its drivers should be treated as workers rather than self-employed.  The appeal will be heard on 27th September, in which Uber will argue that its drivers in the UK are self employed and therefore not entitled to rights enjoyed by workers including holiday and […]

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Apr

Barista Visas – hope for the hospitality industry?

Home Secretary Amber Rudd is considering plans to introduce “barista visas” to ensure the hospitality sector is fully staffed after Brexit. Under the plans, young  European citizens would be allowed to work in restaurants, bars and coffee shops for 2 years once Britain leaves the EU, but they would not be allowed to claim benefits […]

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12Apr

British Hospitality Association’s concerns over post-Brexit hospitality workers

The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has raised concerns about the impact of Brexit on the hospitality sector due to its reliance on EU workers. It has therefore sent a proposal to the government setting out how these concerns might be addressed and how the impact of Brexit on the industry can be minimised. BHA’s comments […]

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Apr

What does the triggering of Article 50 mean for EU workers in Britain?

The Brexit process has now begun. On 29th March Theresa May triggered Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon in a letter to President Donald Tusk, the European Council President. Britain now has 2 years to negotiate an exit deal with the remaining EU member states before the UK leaves the EU, which on the […]

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05Apr

Is shared parental leave working?

The government introduced a Shared Parental Leave policy on 5 April 2015 to encourage men to take time away from work to spend more time with their family. The policy gives parents the right to split 52 weeks of leave between them, as well as 39 weeks of Statutory Shared Parental Leave. But is the […]

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23Mar

Selling a Leasehold property with a Management Company

Several solicitors’ firms are calling for the residential leasehold sale process to be altered in 2017, to try and put an end to unacceptable delays, high fees, and excessive ground rents being charged.  After all, sellers simply want push their transactions though as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.   According to the Conveyancing Association, […]

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Mar

Investment Property Fraud Protection

Property fraud is on the rise.  Properties which are not occupied by the registered owner, especially a property which is mortgage free, can be targeted as the subject matter of property fraud.  For example, a fraudster could pose as a tenant of an empty property and obtain ID which they ultimately use to sell or […]

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