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Could potential changes to Modern Slavery Legislation affect Public Bodies?

21 Oct 2020

The government has set out proposed changes to the requirements for transparency in supply chains under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. At present, certain commercial organisations must publish an annual statement setting out the steps they take to prevent modern slavery in their business and supply…

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Home ownership weathering the storm

20 Oct 2020

Last week members of the Housing Property Team had the pleasure of attending the National Housing Federation's first virtual Affordable Home Ownership Conference. A different format but non the less informative with valuable insight into the upcoming changes in the industry and the impact Covid-19…

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Relief Against Forfeiture - reasonable delay?

20 Oct 2020

Keshwala & Anor v Bhalsod & Anor (2020) EWHC 2372 (QB) This is an interesting case on relief against forfeiture and contains some useful pointers on the nuances of forfeiture by physical re-entry. The lessee had taken a 20 year lease of the property in 2008. It was a commercial lease…

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Permitted Development Rights - are we a step closer to delivering more homes?

20 Oct 2020

The Government has recently implemented two new Statutory Instruments which introduce additional permitted development rights. Both of these rights came into effect on 31 August 2020. Permanent development rights to add up to two storeys The first established by The Town and County Planning (…

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35 Million Fine for Illegal Employee Data Collection

20 Oct 2020

It has been reported earlier this month that the Swedish clothing retailer, H&M has been fined more than €35 million by the German data protection authority, after it was found to have unlawfully collected employee data of some of its employees in Germany. This is the highest level of fine…

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Housing Diversity Network

20 Oct 2020

Housing Diversity Network is a social enterprise that aims to inspire and empower people, promoting equality, diversity and opportunity for all. It works collaboratively to support organisations to improve how they address inequality, get the most from their staff and meet the needs of the communities…

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Legislation passed introducing cap on exit payments to public sector employees

16 Oct 2020

On 14 October 2020, Parliament approved 'The Restriction of Public Sector Exit Payments Regulations 2020,' (the Regulations) in a long-anticipated move to restrict the amount public sector employers can pay their employees on termination of employment. The Regulations are intended to come in to…

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Two unfair dismissal case updates from summer 2020

21 Sep 2020

Tai Tarian v Christie Update: A dismissal based on anonymous witness evidence will not necessary be unfair, even where that witness declines to participate in the disciplinary process. Background and Tribunal findings: The Respondent was a housing association, who employed the…

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The Importance of Careful Lease Drafting for Supporting Living Schemes

21 Sep 2020

(1) Retirement Lease Housing Association Limited (2) Fountain Retirement Housing Association Limited v (1) Pauline Schellerup & Phylis Woodford (2) C Martin [2020] UKUT 232 (LC) The above case was a conjoined appeal to the Upper Tribunal by the landlords of separate supported housing…

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