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Designated Protected Areas – Updated HCA Guidance Note
16 February, 2017

The Homes and Communities Agency has issued an updated Guidance Note on Designated Protected Areas (DPAs). It does not mark any change in Government policy on DPAs but is a useful reminder. In this note, we mention the main points but please also see the Guidance Note.  Background Sections 300-302 of the Housing and Regeneration […]

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Who owns your LinkedIn connections?
15 February, 2017
by: Cripps

The answer to this is relatively straightforward for personal accounts which make no reference to employers, and corporate accounts which make no reference to employees. Unfortunately a resounding question mark still hovers above those connections collated in LinkedIn accounts that represent both the employee and the employer.   On creating a LinkedIn account an individual […]

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Fearful of being inflexible?
13 February, 2017

Employment expert Emma Saunders of law firm Cripps outlines the obligations of practice managers when it comes to requests for flexible working – and warns about the dangers of an unfair refusal.   Employees with at least 26 weeks’ continuous employment can make a request for flexible working.   Their applications must be received in […]

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The Housing White Paper – not worth the wait?
9 February, 2017

With the accusation of ‘seven years of failure’ having been aimed at the Conservative Government by Labour, a high degree of anticipation and pressure falls on the ink that wets the pages of the Housing White Paper released on 7 February 2017.  Communities secretary, Sajid Javid believes that the ‘housing market in this country is […]

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Updated NHS terms and conditions for procuring goods and services
3 February, 2017

The Department of Health has updated the terms NHS bodies should use for buying in goods and services from commercial organisations, with or without a tender (see the link below).   The changes reflect the new provisions in the Public Contract Regulations 2015, which include prompt payment requirements and obligations to comply with environmental, social and […]

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All or none? Make sure you choose the right words.
23 January, 2017

The question before the High Court judge in the case of Dooba Developments Limited v McLagan Investments Limited was one of construction (interpretation). An agreement between the parties to sell a piece of land for development of, amongst other buildings, a retail superstore, was subject to four conditions. A clause in the agreement gave either […]

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Questions to ask yourself when running competitions or prize draws
23 January, 2017

Competitions or prize draws can be a very effective marketing tool, but there are a number of legal pitfalls which can have serious consequences. Here, we’ve set out a few key questions to ask yourself.   Is it a lottery? The Gambling Commission regulates lotteries and (unless you can show you benefit from an exemption) […]

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Dealing with Subject Access Requests in Healthcare
19 January, 2017

Healthcare professionals need to be properly trained by their employers, and organisations must have adequate procedures in place for dealing with Subject Access Requests, as the recent case of a GP surgery in Hitchin demonstrated.  The practice, Regal Chambers, was fined £40,000 by the Information Commissioner (“ICO”) for disclosing confidential details about a patient to […]

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Who owns social media content?
18 January, 2017

What happens when I upload content to social media? In terms of ownership, almost certainly nothing. When you upload content (whether it’s a photograph, a video, or even text) to a platform you do so subject to its terms and conditions, but no major social media platform (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine) currently asks you […]

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2016 Budget: key announcements on housing, transport and infrastructure
7 December, 2016

From £1.4 billion being set aside to deliver 40,000 new affordable homes, to the launch of a £2.3 billion housing infrastructure fund, the 2016 Budget focuses on delivering a higher level of productivity through investment in innovation, with housing, transport and infrastructure being identified as key areas that will benefit from this investment.   Let’s […]

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What now for Employee Share Schemes?
2 December, 2016

The Chancellor announced in his Autumn Statement that from 1 December 2016 he will abolish the tax advantages of Employee Shareholder Status.     Introduced in September 2013 as part of Vince Cable’s drive to increase Employee Ownership in UK businesses, the Government has found that the take up for the scheme has been low, and that those who […]

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Autumn Statement 2016: Key announcements for individuals
30 November, 2016
by: Cripps

The Autumn Statement was delivered by Philip Hammond on Wednesday 23 November at 12.30pm. It was the first major economic statement since the Brexit vote. The Chancellor mainly confirmed the changes that have already been announced, but gave more insight on when and how they will be implemented. In terms of tax avoidance, the government […]

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