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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

Procurement - New Utilities and Concessions Regulations Now Published

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

The changes will affect purchasing activity across all regulated utilities in England and Wales, and the concessions rules introduce a more detailed regulatory regime


Articles & Blogs Employment

Unfair Dismissal of Employee who Came to Work Smelling of Alcohol

Friday, 19 June 2015

The Employment Tribunal (ET) has found that an NHS trust's (the Trust) dismissal of a healthcare assistant after he attended work smelling of alcohol and subsequently refused to attend a follow-up Occupational Health (OH) appointment was unfair.


Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

Government Re-Thinks Position on Hub-and-Spoke in Pharmacy

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

The government has announced that it is delaying plans to introduce legislation that would have seen the expansion of hub-and-spoke pharmacy dispensing, following pressure from retail pharmacy representatives that questioned the evidence behind the move.


Articles & Blogs Technology & Startups

Google+ and YouTube Have Called it Quits

Friday, 15 April 2016

Brad Horowitz (Vice President of Google’s streams, photo and sharing services) has published a blog post announcing that Google is splitting Google+ from its other, more popular service, YouTube.


Articles & Blogs Healthcare

Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs)

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Entrepreneurial GPs have been looking at Vanguard care models for a while and a number of new models have emerged across the country

Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs)

Academies & MATs Articles & Blogs

Sexting - a Best Practice Approach to Managing Incidents Involving Pupils

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Sexting, it seems, is almost becoming a norm amongst our teenagers, which raises serious safeguarding consequences for those involved and for the schools which have to deal with such incidents.


Articles & Blogs Further Education

Zero Hour Contracts - Guidance for Colleges and Legislating to Enforce Ban on Exclusivity

Friday, 13 November 2015

The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has published guidance for employers on zero hours contracts. The government has also published draft Regulations aimed at enforcing the ban on exclusivity.


Articles & Blogs Higher Education

US Safe Harbor Provision Suspended

Thursday, 05 November 2015

The consequence of the ruling is that universities that currently rely on Safe Harbor will need to review how they ensure that they transfer data to the US in line with the law in the UK.

US Safe Harbor Provision Suspended

Articles & Blogs Aerospace & Defence

Will large employers be required to fund apprenticeship schemes?

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

The skills shortage in the UK - particularly in the engineering sector, is a perennial issue for employers in the Aerospace and Defence sectors.


Articles & Blogs Family Business

Making the Most of Disused Buildings on your Family Farm

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Many farms have disused outbuildings or barns which can prove to be valuable assets for your family business even when they no longer serve a useful agricultural purpose.


Articles & Blogs Charities

Will the new Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 Affect You?

Monday, 28 September 2015

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 (the Regulations) come into force on 1st October 2015 and applies to landlords of 'specified tenancies'.


Articles & Blogs Private Client

Ilott v Mitson - Is there any truth behind the headlines?

Wednesday, 02 September 2015

Ilott v Mitson [2015] EWCA Civ 797 finally reached the Court of Appeal at the end of July 2015. The Court of Appeal's decision was widely reported in


Articles & Blogs Commercial Property

Four Months to Comply with ESOS - Is your organisation ready?

Friday, 07 August 2015

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme is an energy assessment scheme which aims to encourage greater energy efficiency amongst large organisations.


Articles & Blogs Public Sector

Forced Retirement of Police Officers - is this indirect age discrimination?

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

No, held the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in the recent case of West Midlands Police v Harrod & Ors, as it can be justified as being a proportionate way of achieving a legitimate aim.


Articles & Blogs Independent Schools

Redundancy Procedures - ECJ Confirms Legitimacy of Focusing on 'Establishment'

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Under UK law, where an employer proposes to dismiss as redundant 20 or more employees at one establishment within a period of 90 days or less, they are obliged to inform and collectively consult with affected staff.