Dubious Intent

Tim Kinney

Time and money are the cornerstones of any construction project.  However, it is often the case that work on construction projects is started in the absence of any formal contract having been executed in the belief that this will save time and money.  Instead, parties use letters of intent in the often mistaken belief that ...

Short term lettings – Is it worth the risk?

Aaron Mulholland

The recent case of Iveta Nemcova v Fairfield Rents Limited will serve as a warning to residential property owners and tenants who are considering or are already granting short term lettings of their properties on platforms such as Air bnb.   In this case the tenant held a flat under a long term lease containing ...

A query about equal pay

Patricia Rooney

“A female member of staff has complained to me that she believes she is earning less than her male colleagues for doing the same job. She wants me to give her details of their salary and move her pay to the same rate. What should I do?” Firstly, you should be careful about disclosing personal ...

Crowdfunding as an Alternative Source of Funding

Paul O’Brien

Raising funds for a new venture can be both exciting and overwhelming, but with an extensive support infrastructure in Northern Ireland and an ever increasing choice of alternative funding options available, there is more support than ever for local businesses, whether at start-up or growth stage. A bank loan may still be considered as the ...

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 ...