Insights: Legal Updates - December 2011

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Who pays when the roof blows off?

Gillian Birkby |

Who pays the home owners when the wind blows the roof off and the developer goes into liquidation? The obvious answer is the insurers, assuming there is insurance cover, but when this rather dramatic event happened to some three-storey townhouses in Docklands, it raised important legal issues. Due to very strong winds, the roof of […]

"Radical" Employment Law Reforms for 2012 and beyond

Mike Tremeer |

On 23 November 2011, Business Secretary Vince Cable gave a speech announcing an extensive programme of employment law reviews and reforms to be carried out by the coalition government as part of its cutting business red tape agenda. Below we consider the committed reforms further and look forward to those where consultation and discussion remain […]

Creation of a sub-fund may be administration, not variation of beneficial interests


Where, in the administration of a trust, the trustees desire to carry out a transaction that they consider to be “expedient”, but find that they do not have the necessary power, either under the terms of the trust instrument or the general law, they may apply to the court under section 57 Trustee Act 1925 […]