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Worker status – the plot thickens
22 February, 2017

The Court of Appeal recently handed down its judgement in the case of Pimlico Plumbers Ltd and another v Smith [2017] EWCA Civ 51. Pimlico Plumbers, following on from the high-profile Uber and Citysprint cases, is the latest case in which the courts considered the important question of whether individuals are classed as employees, workers or […]

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The housing white paper – not worth the wait?
20 February, 2017

The government recently released the long-anticipated housing white paper, supposedly its answer to fixing the “broken housing market”.  The whole document was over 100 pages and contained many policy announcements and ideas for further consultation.  Among these, the white paper sought to provide further assistance to local authorities while at the same time strongly urging […]

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Late payment of liquidated damages, a qualified debt?

In Mailbox (Birmingham) Limited v Galliford Try Construction Limited [2017] EWHC 67 (TCC), Galliford challenged the validity of the adjudicator’s decision to determine Mailbox was entitled to the enhanced interest on the liquidated damages awarded pursuant to the Late of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 (Late Payment Act). The background GTC agreed to carry out refurbishment works […]

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Partnerships – Unwanted Risks

A partnership can be a very efficient and flexible business structure, but it can have unwanted consequences for the partners. Some of the key issues to consider are outlined below. What is a partnership? A partnership is a collection of individuals, who trade together with a view to making a profit. The ‘partnership’ is not […]

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