Spring is Coming

Joe Moore

Between the 14th to 17th of March 2017 some 70 delegates from the NI property industry found themselves in the sunnier climes of Cannes to attend MIPIM, billed as the world’s largest property conference. They joined together to promote Belfast as part of Belfast City Council’s co-ordinated campaign to encourage further investment in the city. ...

Working ‘Round The Clock – rest breaks for agriculture workers

Rachel Richardson

Employers can sometimes find themselves entering a very busy business period, with a pressing need for their workers to work longer hours or extra shifts to meet demand. This is particularly true of the agriculture industry, where changing seasons can mean a change in work patterns. However, in order to make a worker forego their ...

SEMC decision on removal of benefits for sub-10MW generation

Andrew Kirke

  BACKGROUND TO CONSULTATION On 9 November 2016, Tughans issued a briefing note in respect of a statutory consultation on a proposal by the regulatory project team for the new Integrated Single Electricity Market for Ireland (I-SEM) which is currently expected to be operational from 30 September 2017. We noted that, if implemented, the proposals ...

How changes to EPC regulations in 2018 will affect your properties

Niamh Laverty

In order to achieve the UK’s legislative targets, CO2 emissions from all buildings must be ‘close to zero’ by 2050. This implies, in the longer term, UK buildings will need to reach energy efficiency standards close to an “A” Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating. In 2013, 18% of non-domestic properties were in the very lowest ...

Brexit – Preparing for the unpredictable

Paul Eastwood

At the date of drafting this article, the Government is still expecting to meet its target of triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty by the end of March 2017. This will start the countdown on the two year notice period until exit, and allow negotiations with the European Union to begin. As those negotiations ...

Brexit, Trump, Stormont election. What next for NI Businesses?

Ciara Lagan

There is no doubt that there have been a number of political upsets this past year. What is less clear is whether the new era being ushered in is the best of times or the worst of times. Opinions are subjective and may depend on the timeframe. From a short term perspective, Tughans has been ...

“Caveat Possessor” – Landowner Beware!

RYAN MURPHY

Landowners are becoming more susceptible to claims as a result of greenery growing on their property. The most apparent potential liability arises in the case of trees on the boundary of a property. The majority of case law on this point arises in relation to branches overhanging a public access route/highway or even more specifically ...

Construction Law: Pay Less Notices and Interim Payments

Desmond Carr

Following on from our recent article regarding the failure to serve a Pay Less Notice in respect of a final account (“Failure to serve a “Pay Less Notice” not fatal”), the Technology & Construction Court last week clarified that such notices are essential in respect of interim valuations, as opposed to the final account.  The court ...

Only Parliament can pull Brexit trigger

Desmond Carr

In one of the most significant legal rulings of modern times, the UK Supreme Court has handed down its judgment on the legal aspects of Brexit, upholding an earlier decision of the English High Court, and dealing with aspects raised in the Northern Ireland High Court case which preceded it.  In summary, the Supreme Court ...

Stand and deliver – Ransom strips

Luke Thompson

It is strange to think that in our modern times any person can be held to ransom; legally no less. However, it is a fate that can befall any one of us that would acquire land without proper access. A ransom strip is the given expression for a portion of land that exists at the ...