Legal Updates

Health and Safety Help! - RIDDOR and agency workers

21/11/2016

Of course work-related fatalities must also be reported and RIDDOR 2013 also makes it a requirement to report some work related diseases.

Health and Safety Help! - HSE myth of the month

21/11/2016

Supermarket cafe refused to sell customer a packet of untoasted fruit bread.

Health and Safety Help! - Health safety, wellbeing and other issues

21/11/2016

I attended a briefing at which the new Chair of HSE, Martin Temple, spoke on a number of wide ranging issues.

Health and Safety Help! - The sky’s the limit?

21/11/2016

It was always apparent that the 2016 Definitive Guideline for sentencing in health and safety cases would have a dramatic upward effect on levels of fines

Protection against the creation of new Public Rights of Way: no more site notices!

17/11/2016

The Commons (Registration of Town or Village Greens) and Dedicated Highways (Landowner Statements and Declarations) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 removes the requirement for site notices for S31.6 statements and declarations. It comes into force on 1 December 2016.

Small Donations Bill passed to House of Lords

17/11/2016

The Small Charitable Donations and Childcare Payments Bill has now been passed by the House of Commons to the House of Lords. The purpose of the Bill is to simplify the current rules that allow charities to claim a relief similar to Gift Aid on small donations of cash without the requirement to obtain Gift Aid declarations from individual donors.

Room with a view - I didn't know you did that!

15/11/2016

At Birketts we are fortunate to be able to call upon expertise on a whole host of areas to developers, and in particular housebuilders.

Room with a view - Hostel to fortune?

15/11/2016

The growth of the so-called ‘sharing community’ which has led to the meteoric expansion of businesses such as Airbnb is a divisive subject...

Room with a view - Pretty vacant

15/11/2016

We haven’t had to write a case note recently on break clauses in leases. Unfortunately disputes about these continue to occupy considerable judicial time.

Room with a view - Missing an open goal

15/11/2016

Karl Pocock shares some inside tips on managing VAT costs - and the title ‘A Case about VAT’ might have been somewhat less appealing...

Room with a view - Critical conditions?

15/11/2016

The Neighbourhood Planning Bill was published last month, with new restrictions on pre-commencement conditions proposed to help achieve one of its key aims

Charity sector governance code to be updated

11/11/2016

On 7 November, at the start of Trustees Week a draft of the new charity sector governance code (fully entitled: ‘Good Governance: a Code for the Voluntary and Community Sector’) was published for consultation.

Family law: access to justice

11/11/2016

Significant legal aid changes have happened in family law since the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act came into force on April Fools’ Day 2013. While the timing was unfortunate, the impact of the almost wholesale withdrawal of legal aid in family law cases is huge.

Expanding your academy trust: resources for multi-academy trusts

09/11/2016

In May the Government did a u-turn on its plans to pass legislation to force all state schools to become academies by 2022. However, the academies programme remains a hot topic on the agenda of the Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening, with the Government still determined to see all schools become academies.

The myth of the quickie divorce

09/11/2016

Unfortunately the media view of divorce gives separating people an unrealistic expectation of how long divorce procedure takes. All cases are fact specific and it may be easier for some to reach an agreement with their ex-partner than others, whether they are wealthy and famous or not.

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