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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 Employment

Christian Doctor Dismissed for Refusing to Address Transgender Patients by Their Chosen Pronoun

Friday, 18 October 2019

An Employment Tribunal (ET) has found that a doctor engaged to carry out health assessments for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was not discriminated against...

Christian Doctor Dismissed for Refusing to Address Transgender Patients by Their Chosen Pronoun

Articles & Blogs Employment

Dismissing an Employee? Honesty Is the Best Policy

Friday, 18 October 2019

A recent Court of Appeal case demonstrated that giving inaccurate information about the reasons for dismissing an employee and then later amending the defence to include the true reason is conduct that can indicate that an allegation...

Dismissing an Employee? Honesty Is the Best Policy

Articles & Blogs Commercial Contracts Blogs

When Can You Rectify a Mistake in a Contract?

Friday, 18 October 2019

Businesses enter into commercial agreements all the time. Sometimes after having done so, one party may argue that a document did not adequately reflect what had really been intended.

When Can You Rectify a Mistake in a Contract?

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

Could Handover of Patents Be Harmful to UK Pharma and Patients?

Friday, 18 October 2019

A big dilemma in the policy around intellectual property protection is the relationship between encouraging innovations and allowing those innovations to be available more widely.

Could Handover of Patents Be Harmful to UK Pharma and Patients?

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

Immunotherapy Results a Game-Changer in Treating Melanoma

Friday, 18 October 2019

52% of patients can survive stage four melanoma for at least five years - after the skin cancer has spread - compared to about 5% ten years ago. (most of whom died within just a few months).

Immunotherapy Results a Game-Changer in Treating Melanoma

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst Named as Pioneering Life Science Opportunity Zone

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst continues to lead the way as an iconic hub for growth in the UK Life Sciences industry, as it has successfully been named as one of six pioneering Life Science Opportunity Zones.

Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst Named as Pioneering Life Science Opportunity Zone

Articles & Blogs Real Estate

5 Things to Check Before Signing a Commercial Lease

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Are you about to take on a commercial lease? This is what you should look out for before you sign.

5 Things to Check Before Signing a Commercial Lease

Articles & Blogs Property Litigation

Company Voluntary Arrangements - A Successful Lease Restructuring Tool?

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

In a recent case the High Court has addressed how Company Voluntary Arrangements affect landlords when balancing the needs of a commercial tenant to restructure its debts.

Company Voluntary Arrangements - A Successful Lease Restructuring Tool?

Academies & MATs Articles & Blogs

How Can Your School Prepare for Brexit?

Wednesday, 09 October 2019

With Brexit looming, the DfE has published "Advice for schools on how to prepare for Brexit". We have summarised some of the most important points below.

How Can Your School Prepare for Brexit?

Academies & MATs Articles & Blogs

Ofsted Inspection - What's New?

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

There are a number of changes relating to Ofsted that schools should be aware of this Autumn. We have outlined below a summary of the most significant changes.

Ofsted Inspection

Articles & Blogs Real Estate

The Rise of Net Zero Carbon Buildings in the UK

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Net zero carbon buildings are on the rise. VWV Partner, Andrew Tubbs, considers why this is the case.

The Rise of Net Zero Carbon Buildings in the UK

Articles & Blogs Employment

Are Protected Conversations Always Confidential?

Friday, 11 October 2019

In this article we explore the circumstances in which 'protected conversations' can be used as evidence in an employment tribunal.

Protected Conversations

Articles & Blogs Employment

IR35 - What Can Employers Learn from the BBC Presenters Case?

Friday, 11 October 2019

The First Tier Tax tribunal has held that IR35 applied to the provision of services of three BBC presenters through their personal service companies.

IR35

Articles & Blogs Employment

Conducting Investigations - Are Changes to a Draft Report Permissible?

Friday, 11 October 2019

Whilst this will always depend on the facts of any particular matter, in a recent case the removal of evaluative conclusions from a draft investigation report did not render the dismissal unfair.

Conducting Investigations

Articles & Blogs Conveyancing

Is the Help to Buy ISA Right for First Time Buyers?

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

For first time buyers, the 2015 Help to Buy ISA was a welcome scheme. Now the scheme is set to close to new savers on 30 November 2019. We take a look at how the scheme has fared and whether it is still attractive to first time buyers.

Is the Help to Buy ISA Right for First Time Buyers?