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Countdown to Brexit series what should you be doing now?

By Shakeel Dad, Charlotte Smith Careful workforce planning is key to ensuring that your business has the necessary resource to keep delivering through this period of uncertainty. We look at some of the employment issues to bear in mind when assessing your next steps. Need more staff? Given the uncertainty of the status of EEA […]

Further important developments to when receivers can take possession of a property

By Karl Anders, Zoe McLean-Wells, Owen Ormond We reported in our April edition of Receivership Matters that a County Court had held that a Fixed Charge Receiver could bring proceedings in the name of the borrowers against the borrowers to recover possession of their own property. Again as reported, leave to appeal the decision was granted and the appeal […]

VAT guidance for LPA receivers

By Owen Ormond In August 2018 we published an article entitled LPA Receivers and the truth about VAT which explained the legal position in relation to Receivers and the collection and payment of VAT. Recently, the Association of Property and Fixed Charge Receivers (NARA) has produced an updated Guidance Note 6 Value Added Tax which sets out current industry […]

A right old mess! Practical problems arising from ‘Right to Manage’ legislation

By Karl Anders Why is this case of interest? In the recent case of FirstPort Property Services v Settlers Court RTM Company Limited [1], the Upper Tribunal considered some significant issues which can arise on multi-block estates as a result of ‘Right to Manage’ (RTM) legislation. The Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 allows qualifying long leaseholders […]

RICS market survey shows that positivity has leaked out of the housing market

By Zoe McLean-Wells, Karl Anders The August 2019 RICS Residential Market Survey results point to a renewed deterioration in sales expectations over the near term, with survey respondents predicting a further decline in activity over the three months to come. Brexit uncertainty is unsurprisingly a significant factor causing the hesitation for both buyers and sellers. The […]

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Argles fills new chief executive role

South East firm Argles Stoneham Burstows has created a chief executive role which will be taken up by the former head of Alsop Wilkinson. Chartered accountant Christopher Honeyman Brown has been working as a consultant to the firm and joins from accountants Horwath Clark Whitehall. Honeyman Brown joined Alsop Wilkinson as chief executive in 1996, […]

Stibbe splits from Paris office after Latham talks

Paris pushed before it can jump; Latham & Watkins interested in only French, German and UK offices European law firm Stibbe is splitting following talks between the firm’s Paris office and US law firm Latham & Watkins. Partners in Amsterdam, Brussels, London and New York claim they are causing the split because of a disagreement […]

Stephens & Scown replaces chief with five-strong team

Devon and Cornwall firm Stephens & Scown has launched a new corporate-style management board to run the firm. The five-strong elected team takes over from senior partner Roger Keast, who retired on 5 April. It is led by the firm’s former deputy senior partner Ian Pawley, who becomes managing partner. The other members are private […]

MoFo ditches pay banding system for associates

San Francisco firm Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) is taking the unusual step of abandoning its traditional banded pay system for associates. Historically, the firm has given hourly-based bonuses on top of basic pay, which was set for each year group, but is to start paying all associates according to individual evaluations. It is believed to […]

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