October 2013 Archive

Personal Injury compensation and relationship separation

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When you have received compensation from a personal injury claim, the compensation can become a sticking point if subsequently you divorce or separate from your partner or spouse. More …

New guidance on when Courts will stop contract awards

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A recent case has highlighted the risks of challenge to major and complex procurements and provided an insight into when Courts will intervene to stop contracts being awarded. More …

Public Sector Equality Duty survives review - but must be used more proportionately

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A Steering Group set up by the Home Office has recommended that the Public Sector Equality Duty under the Equality Act 2010 should remain and not be reformed, but in the field of procurement, contracting authorities should use it more proportionately. More …

New Procurement Directive

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On 5 September 2013, the public procurement reform package (which includes new directives on Public Procurement, Utilities and Concessions) was formally endorsed by the Internal Market Committee. More …

Homeowners beware: you may be liable for tree root damage caused to your neighbour's property

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Amanda Morris considers the case of Khan and Khan v Harrow Council and Sheila Kane [2013] EWHC 268 and whether a homeowner is liable for damage to neighbouring property caused by the roots of trees on their property. More …

Should you bet the house on it?

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The words of the late Bob Hope still ring true: “A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it”. Business owners are increasingly under pressure to put up their family home as security to borrow. But there are options. More …

Happier families

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Differences of opinion between board members of a family business can be difficult with a social dynamic not seen in other businesses. Experienced advisors can help avoid dragging cases through the courts. More …

The Consumer Credit Sourcebook

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The important message at this stage is that all lenders, brokers, credit intermediaries (and others) need to prepare themselves for 1 April 2013/4. The FCA itself accepts that the time table is "very challenging" so take this as a warning and act now. More …

More employment law changes in place today

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Summer 2013 saw numerous employment law developments including changes to the Employment Tribunal Rules and the introduction of fees for commencing Employment Tribunal claims. More …

Defined Contribution scheme charges and governance to come under increased scrutiny

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The Office of Fair Trading ("OFT") has published its "defined contribution workplace market study". It is a complex document, running to 175 pages, but two strong messages emerge. Charges under Defined Contribution (DC) schemes need to be better controlled, and governance standards need improvement. More …