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Joanna Upton, associate in our commercial property team comments on the home building fund which has been created by the government to increase the number of homes built in England.

Don't delay in accessing the £3bn Home Building Fund

In October the government announced that it has set aside a £3bn fund to help small house builders finance developments in a move to speed up delivery and promote new approaches to housebuilding.

Tags: Real EstateProperty, Infrastructure and Construction2016

SANKEY PaulFollowing on from his article Doctors’ duties in obtaining consent, partner Paul Sankey, in our clinical negligence team,highlights how the law has changed since the significant decision March 2015 which has serious implications for doctors discussing options for treatment with patients and obtaining consent for them. A doctor's legal duty in advising patients and obtaining consent to treatment has changed significantly as a result of the Supreme Court decision in Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board.

Tags: Clinical Negligence2016

Vale JoData Protection: High Court rules that businesses can refuse disclosure if the dominant purpose of the request is litigation. Jo Vale, solicitor in our editorial and regulatory media team has written advice for those working with and disclosing data.

Subject access is an important right for people who want to protect their privacy and are concerned about the accuracy of the information that an organisation holds on them.

Tags: Reputation ManagementMedia2016

Vale JoThis article was first published on the specialist journalism website Hold the Front Page, and is brought to you by Jo Vale, solicitor in our editorial and regulatory media team.

The chief executive of Pakistan's largest media group, has been awarded £185,000 in damages after a series of accusations that he was guilty of treason.

JAFFA TonyThis article is written by Tony Jaffa, partner, media lawyer and head of the editorial team at Foot Anstey. He advises regional newspapers throughout the UK, as well as several national newspapers. This article first appeared in the Western Morning News and has been reproduced with their kind permission.

Last Tuesday was a big day for news, but it may have escaped your notice that a little known body called the Press Recognition Panel, made a decision which could seriously impact on freedom of the press and result in all of us losing the benefits of the last 300 years.

Tags: Reputation ManagementMedia2016

Female red dress HRWelcome to the December bulletin. As we near the end of 2016, we look back at some of the key legal developments in HR over the previous year.

In our regular "in brief" article we round up the developments from December which includes looking at a case highlighting issues that can arise for employers at Christmas parties. We also take a focused look at the final gender pay gap regulations.

Emma Facey 1In this article Emma Facey, associate and specialist in legacy and trust litigation, highlights the importance in getting the right advice when succession planning and how to avoid unnecessary claims.

Claims against professionals, including accountants, financial advisers and solicitors arising out of negligent advice are becoming more common. In times of economic downturn, losses suffered are more apparent.

Agate JenniferAn article written by Jennifer Agate, senior associate in the firm's editorial & regulatory media team. Jennifer considers the recent case of Re Alcott, in which the High Court considered reporting in the context of family proceedings under the Hague Convention 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

This article appeared in Entertainment Law Review, Ent. L.R. 2017, 28(1), 29-31, reproduced here with the kind permission of the editor.

Tags: Reputation ManagementMedia2016

COLLINGS JamesWhilst Christmas is generally considered a period of 'joy to the world', that isn't always true in the world of HR, with Christmas throwing up issues ranging from respect for different religions in the workplace, bonus issues, and holiday booking issues to name but a few. Perhaps the most common cause of headaches however is the work Christmas party, which not infrequently lead to issues (some of which the employer may find themselves vicariously liable for) ranging from minor property damage and drunken promises of pay rises, right the way up to harassment and serious physical and sexual assaults.

As we enter the month of Christmas parties and celebrations, employment partner James Collings, looks at how employers can limit risk during the party season and have a merry (and hassle free) break – hopefully! 

Tags: Employment and Pensions2016

VALEJoThis article was first published on the specialist journalism website Hold the Front Page, and is brought to you by Jo Vale, solicitor in our editorial and regulatory media team.

There is already speculation that the scale of allegations emerging about sexual abuse in football will eclipse the Jimmy Savile revelations. The NSPCC has said that around 350 potential victims have reported sex abuse within British football. Last week there were 860 calls in the first week alone of the NSPCC helpline. The number of referrals to police and social services was much higher than in the Jimmy Savile enquiry over the same period.

Tags: Reputation ManagementMedia2016



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