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Amendments to permitted development rights for new homes

On 1 August changes to the current permitted development regime will be introduced. These will assist in meeting housing demand, whilst ensuring that conversions to residential use provide adequate natural light.

Hydrogen vehicles – the future of clean transport?

Outside of our homes and places of work, the reduction in pollution following lockdown has not only reignited, but accelerated, the debate as to the role of fossil fuels in our transport systems.

Pubs, bars and restaurants – How to collect customer details and remain GDPR compliant

The loosening of the Covid-19 lock-down in the leisure, food & drink sector in England from 4 July has come as a welcome relief to businesses. But that relief is already qualified by concern about logistical arrangements for re-opening. As well as meeting the challenge of ensuring effective social distancing for customers and employees, many businesses will need to brush up on their data protection awareness.

How to ensure your remote employee surveillance is legal

Remote, agile, flexible – all are used to describe a more convenient way of working than the desk-based 9-5. Before the pandemic hit, this type of working was mostly used by working mums and more senior employees, enabling them to balance their work and personal commitments. According to the ONS, around 1.7 million people reported […]

‘New’ flexible furlough and phase out

As the furlough scheme changes shape again this week, HR and in-house legal must get to grips with the scheme’s new flexibilities and gradual phase-out. We look at key questions and answers on the ‘new’ Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

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Approval of liquidator’s remuneration: a tale of two reporters

A recent Sheriff Court judgment is the latest decision to consider the role and remit of the court reporter in a liquidation which, unusually, involved the court appointing two reporters. In Scotland, the Insolvency (Scotland) (Receivership and Winding Up) Rules 2018 provide that where there is no creditors committee, the remuneration of a liquidator shall […]

Variation to an office lease to allow use as a private members’ club

The Upper Tribunal has allowed a variation to a lease that restricted the use of a property to office use (with minor residential use) so that the tenant could implement a planning permission to convert the property into a private members’ club. Background A user clause in a lease is a restrictive covenant. If the […]

Tax now payable much sooner following a disposal of residential property

From 6 April 2020 significant changes will be made to the deadline for paying capital gains tax (CGT) and filing tax returns in respect of disposals by individuals and trusts of UK residential property. Taxpayers and advisers need to be aware of these changes now. UK property disposals prior to 6 April 2020 Previously, UK […]

Coronavirus job retention scheme: pensions aspects

When considering how to use the coronavirus job retention scheme (CJRS), employers may be wondering what this means for pension contributions and auto-enrolment obligations. This update considers some of the issues. How the CJRS works To access the CJRS an employer will need to designate affected employees as furloughed workers, notify the employees of this […]

Competition law – welcome guidance in a time of crisis

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published helpful guidance on how it will apply competition law in light of COVID-19. Meanwhile, the government has taken the unprecedented step of relaxing competition law in certain sectors. In the round, these developments offer welcome guidance and comfort – but they also serve as a timely reminder […]

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