Carillion creditors: urgent steps to protect your position

18 January 2018

On 15 January 2018 Carillion PLC and a number of its subsidiary companies (Carillion) went into liquidation, with the High Court appointing the Official Receiver as liquidator and six partners of PWC as special managers. Those clients who have contracts with Carillion or who are owed money may find the following guidance useful: Check carefully […]

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Construction Management: Time for a rethink

16 January 2018

Construction management has fallen out of favour in recent years, but with the possibility of both cost savings and cash flow benefits on offer, is it worth reconsidering construction management as the procurement method for your project? What is construction management? Construction management is a procurement method for managing construction works. It became popular during […]

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Car parking: display or pay!

30 November 2017

The owner of a shop claimed rights to park on an adjoining car park on the basis that it had acquired rights to do so over a period of 20 years’ use. As the car park owner had maintained clearly visible private car park signs, these were indicative of its continuing objection to unauthorised parking […]

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Brexit for business

21 November 2017

The United Kingdom continues to be a member of the EU as well as the Common Market and the Customs Union. This situation will persist at least until the end of March 2019, i.e. the end of the two year negotiation period stipulated by Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon which governs the withdrawal […]

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Gender pay gap reporting

14 November 2017

In an effort to tackle ongoing inequality between male and female pay (the full-time gender pay gap was 9.4% in 2016), the Government introduced new regulations in April 2017 requiring larger employers to publish data regarding the salaries and bonuses paid to employees. The regulations apply to any private or voluntary sector employer with 250 […]

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How do I rate thee? Let me count the ways

6 November 2017

Business rates, or non-domestic rates, are charged on most non-domestic properties and are calculated by looking at the property’s “rateable value” i.e. its open market rental value. The use of a property is taken into account when calculating its rateable value. How is the rateable value calculated, then, when a property has a number of […]

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Is your building WELL?

27 October 2017

The WELL Building Standard is the first building standard which focuses on the health and wellbeing of the building occupants and gives a ‘wellness’ rating for buildings. The WELL Building Standard is an international standard which is administered by the International WELL Building Institute, a public benefit corporation based in the US, whose mission is […]

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Cinema Holiday Pay

17 October 2017

The question of how to calculate holiday pay has been perplexing employers and their legal advisers since 2014, when a case brought by a British Gas worker upset the status quo. The worker in question, Mr Lock, received results-based commission in addition to his basic salary. However, when he was on holiday, Mr Lock was […]

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Amusement rides: the seven deadly sins

6 October 2017

Following a number of recent high profile accidents, the issue of health and safety in the themed entertainment industry continues to be under close scrutiny. Indeed, there is recognition that work remains to be done to satisfy the high health and safety standards that the public clearly expects.  Unfortunately, there are some common, but avoidable, […]

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Tax and the gig economy

29 September 2017

The ‘gig economy’ has been very much in the news in recent months. While much of the political attention has been focused on the employment effects of this phenomenon, the implications for UK tax are wide-ranging and hugely significant. What is the gig economy? The name refers to the general trend of workers using an […]

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