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Browse our law brief articles and blogs, aimed at addressing the practical implications of the latest legal developments affecting you and your organisation.

Articles & Blogs Procurement Public Sector

How the National Procurement Policy Statement Will Help Transform Public Procurement

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

The National Procurement Policy Statement this month applies to all contracting authorities who are subject to the procurement rules. Whilst broadly welcomed it raises a number of practical challenges for local authorities and the wider public sector.

How the National Procurement Policy Statement Will Help Transform Public Procurement

Articles & Blogs Employment

Tesco Staff Win Equal Pay Claim

Friday, 11 June 2021

The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that workers can rely directly on EU law in their equal pay claim against Tesco.

Tesco Staff Win Equal Pay Claim

Articles & Blogs Employment Public Sector

New Guidance on Special Severance Payments for Public Sector Employers

Friday, 11 June 2021

The Treasury has issued new guidance which relates to 'Special Severance Payments' (SSPs) made by public sector employers to their employees. The guidance sets out the criteria that should be considered and steps to take to obtain Treasury approval.

New Guidance on Special Severance Payments for Public Sector Employers

Articles & Blogs Employment

EAT Confirms Scope of Statutory Protection For Staff Participating in Industrial Action

Friday, 11 June 2021

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that in the Mercer v Alternative Future Group Ltd the scope of trade union activities under s146 of TULRCA is to be interpreted as encompassing participation in industrial action.

EAT Confirms Scope of statutory protection For Staff Participating in Industrial Action

Articles & Blogs Employment Immigration

Updated Guidance on Right to Work Checks to Take Effect From 1 July 2021

Friday, 11 June 2021

From 1 July 2021, employers will need to follow a new process when completing right to work checks on EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens.

Updated Guidance on Right to Work Checks to Take Effect From 1 July 2021

Articles & Blogs Corporate Insolvency & Restructuring

New Powers to Disqualify Directors of Dissolved Companies on the Horizon

Friday, 11 June 2021

A new Bill aims to introduce important changes to the director disqualification regime in England and Wales and will extend investigative powers to include former directors of dissolved companies. What changes could be on the horizon?

New Powers to Disqualify Directors of Dissolved Companies on the Horizon

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

How the UK Government Plans to Lead the World in Life Sciences

Monday, 07 June 2021

The UK has all the ingredients to be at the forefront of life sciences, with the links between world-leading academia, industry and care system. Never has this been more apparent than the starring role the UK took in the fight against COVID-19.

How the UK Government Plans to Lead the World in Life Sciences

Articles & Blogs Employment

Health and Safety Detriment Protection Now Available for Workers

Friday, 04 June 2021

Employers need to be aware of a new Order extending the protection from health and safety detriment to "workers" which came in to force on 31 May 2021.

Health and Safety Detriment Protection Now Available for Workers

Articles & Blogs Employment

Could a UK Employment Tribunal Have Jurisdiction For a Cross-Border Claim?

Friday, 04 June 2021

In a recent case, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered an employment tribunal's finding on this point.

Could a UK Employment Tribunal Have Jurisdiction For a Cross-Border Claim?

Articles & Blogs Divorce & Family Private Client

'No-Fault Divorces' Available from 6 April 2022

Tuesday, 08 June 2021

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 will come into force on 6 April 2022. Whilst the date is later than originally indicated, it is now fixed as a matter of Parliamentary record and we can look forward with certainty.

'No-Fault Divorces' Available from 6 April 2022

Articles & Blogs Private Client

Capital Gains Tax and Estate Administration - A Summary

Monday, 07 June 2021

Capital gains tax (CGT) is a tax that arises when a person disposes of an asset and makes a profit that is capital in nature.

What You Need to Know About Capital Gains Tax and Estate Administration

Articles & Blogs Private Client

How Does the Trust Registration Service Combat Money Laundering?

Monday, 07 June 2021

Transparency about beneficial ownership is recognised as a key way of combatting money laundering and terrorist activity. The EU has introduced a number of Money Laundering Directives, with this in mind.

How Does the Trust Registration Service Combat Money Laundering?

Articles & Blogs Employment

Can Employers 'Fire and Re-Hire' Employees on Varied Terms?

Friday, 04 June 2021

Firing and re-hiring, also known as dismissal and re-engagement, is when an employer dismisses an employee and subsequently offers to rehire the employee on varied terms.

Can Employers 'Fire & Re-Hire' Employees on Varied Terms?

Articles & Blogs Real Estate

Service Charge - Who Pays for Inherent Defects and Structural Repairs?

Wednesday, 02 June 2021

Many leases require the landlord to keep parts of the property in repair, and tenants to contribute to the cost of those repairs through a service charge. Difficulties can arise when considering who should pay to repair inherent defects in the property.

Service Charge - Who Pays for Inherent Defects and Structural Repairs?

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

NHS Pays for Babies to Receive Revolutionary £1.8m Gene Therapy Drug

Wednesday, 02 June 2021

Babies in the UK have started to receive Zolgensma, from Novartis Gene Therapies, on the NHS following a confidential deal. The drug, valued at £1.8m per treatment, is one of the most expensive medicines on the market.

NHS Pays for Babies to Receive Revolutionary £1.8m Gene Therapy Drug