Sexual harassment in the workplace: what companies need to know

31 July 2018

What constitutes sexual harassment? In England and Wales, it is unwanted conduct of a sexual nature which has the purpose or effect of violating the victim’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for the victim. The victim also has protection from being treated less favourably because they have rejected or […]

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Recent developments and the implications for some aspects of construction law

25 June 2018

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (informally known as the “Great Repeal Bill”) passed its third reading in the House of Commons on 17 January. While the bill has still to complete its passage through the House of Lords, it is unlikely to undergo significant further amendment. What impact will the bill, when enacted, have on […]

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When the architect gets carried away

18 April 2018

What do you do when your architect designs something that is way beyond your budget? That was the issue in the recent case of Riva Properties v Foster + Partners. Oliver Tobin reports. A recent decision of the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) has considered the scope of an architect’s duty of care, specifically in […]

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F&B legalities

4 April 2018

Concessions, or F&B, sales remain a critical revenue-source for cinemas, and continue as both a dynamic and evolving marketplace. Indeed, may things yet turn full-circle, with outside concessionaries reoccupying traditional cinema lobby-space? With this prospect ever in mind, Fladgate LLP’s Gavin Whitney offers a reminder of some of the legalities governing the use of foyer-space […]

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The line between truth and lies

26 March 2018

A recent case has highlighted the importance of updating a buyer or tenant with information received in between issuing replies to enquiries and entering into contracts. The case In First Tower Trustees Ltd and another v CDS (Superstores International) Ltd [2017] EWHC B6 (Ch), the High Court considered a misrepresentation claim brought by a commercial […]

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Top tips for tenants: Repairs

5 March 2018

When a tenant decides to take a lease of new premises they are usually eager to get the deal “done and dusted”. Having been in contact with an agent throughout negotiations it’s usually second nature for the deal to be passed to a tenant’s lawyers with instructions “to get the deal done ASAP”. A well […]

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1 April 2018: an important day for more than just April Fools

23 February 2018

April Fool’s Day 2018 will not just see the arrival of exceptionally crazy headlines in the tabloid press, but also the introduction of new rules governing the provision of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs). EPCs are already a feature of the residential market, and will from 1 April 2018 also begin having a substantial impact upon […]

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Restrictive covenants; do they mean I can’t redevelop my property?

13 February 2018

Developers often identify land that looks good for development on the face of it, only to discover that there are restrictive covenants preventing the land from being developed or used in the way they would like. This can be incredibly frustrating; especially where the restrictive covenants are historic and the interests they seek to protect […]

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Suspension following disciplinary allegations: neutral act or breach of trust and confidence?

30 January 2018

A number of Employment Tribunal and court decisions over recent years have examined the effect of suspending an employee in order to investigate disciplinary allegations. The result is that suspension, which might once have been considered a neutral act necessary to allow an unimpeded investigation and/or to prevent a recurrence of acts of misconduct, has […]

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Planning for a successful hotel project

25 January 2018

A batch of High Court cases from 2017 reminds us of the challenges that arise when building hotels.  Last year we saw cases concerning a new luxury hotel near Heathrow Airport,[1] works to the Albert Embankment Crowne Plaza[2] and a new hotel at Lifeboat Quay in Poole[3]. It is not unusual for hotel projects to […]

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