Informing Local Development Plans

Maria O’Loan

Under the Planning Act 2011, each of the new 11 new councils was given new powers to set local planning policy, through the preparation of new Local Development Plans (LDPs).   What is a Local Development Plan? An LDP will guide future land use in a council area. Unlike previous area plans, which were one ...

How Do I Handle It – Dress Code Dilemmas

Rachel Richardson

Tughans on employment law and difficult workplace scenarios. For October 2017, we have asked the employment team to provide practical answers to unusual, sensitive or complex work related queries. We call this feature “how do I handle it?” The articles are aimed at HR professionals and other managers who may need to deal from time ...

Beware “Fitness For Purpose” Obligations In Building Contracts

Michael McCord

A recent case concerning a “fitness for purpose” obligation could have far reaching consequences for contractors particularly in the design and build sphere.   The case of MT Højgaard –v- E.ON Climate and Renewables UKSC 59 concerned the construction of two offshore windfarms in the Solway Firth.  They were designed and installed by MT ...

The Invisibility of Mental Health Issues in the Workplace – What employers need to know

Rachel Richardson

A business owner recently informed me that an employee, absent due to stress at work, should be in the workplace as he “didn’t have a broken leg” and he suspected there was “nothing wrong with him”.  Unfortunately this view, by some employers, still prevails, ie if you cannot see an illness then that person really ...

GDPR & Consent – No Box Ticking Exercise

Paul Eastwood

Following on from our previous article relating to the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) in the UK, we are now focusing in on some of the fundamental changes due by May 2018. One of the core principles of GDPR is giving individuals genuine choice and control over how (and whether) their personal ...

A Lease By Another Name

Luke Thompson

At some point in your adult life, someone will likely quote (or commonly misquote) the Duck Test to you. For the benefit of clarity, the generally accepted expression is, “if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it is probably a duck”. The origin of the expression ...

Send Them Packing

Rachel Richardson

For August 2017, we have asked the employment team to provide practical answers to unusual, sensitive or complex work related queries. We call this feature “how do I handle it?” The articles are aimed at HR professionals and other managers who may need to deal from time to time with the less common place disputes ...

Have Your Cake And Eat It

Joe Moore

Overage Clauses   Every seller wants to achieve the best possible price on a sale.  In the commercial property market sellers can be reluctant to agree a sale for fear of cashing out prematurely.  This is where overage clauses could provide some comfort and benefit to a seller. Overage provisions can enable a seller to ...

Lego – Suitable for all ages?

Anna Beggan

Over the course of their 85 year history, Danish toymakers Lego have seen their humble building block set the foundations for an entertainment empire encompassing video games and the movie industry. Some eight months ago, they hired 61 year old Bail Padda as their first non-Danish chief executive. Now Lego have announced that they will ...

Business Relationships: Coming To Blows

Grant Edwards

As the high-profile business relationship between Carl Frampton and Barry McGuigan reportedly breaks down, we look at some of the issues those going into business together should consider from the outset. Whatever the reason for going into business together, joint business owners should be aware that they will not always agree with the decisions, strategy ...