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News, Articles & Events: August 2017

We are the Freeths’ Environment team, part of Freeths’ Planning and Environment Group. We are a strong team of environmental lawyers, using our experience and expertise to advise both public and private sector clients across a wide range of environmental matters including protected species and habitats, environmental permitting, waste, planning issues/Environmental Impact Assessment, contaminated land, […]

Perinatal Institute v Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership: Technology and Construction Court provides important judgment on application of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 The dispute between Perinatal Institute (“PI”) and Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (“HQIP”) has taken a further twist in a recent Technology and Construction Court decision (Perinatal Institute v Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership [2017] […]

The Policing and Crime Act, the critical provisions of which came into effect on 3 April 2017, creates an entirely new regime for Police bail. Existing provisions had long been criticised for keeping suspects on bail indefinitely. Statistics taken from the Metropolitan Police area revealed that, in 2014, over 4000 people were on bail for […]

A welcome from the editor…. Welcome to the Summer edition of the Real Estate Bulletin. This quarter, we revisit a case about business rates that has made its way to the Supreme Court. We also look at decisions concerning oral contracts, badly drafted option agreements, deliberately-flouted restrictive covenants and a case that answers the burning […]

Internal investigation reports undertaken by a Company are extremely important in seeking to understand what and why a serious incident, possibly involving a death, has occurred. Furthermore, as UK prosecuting authorities and Regulators take an increasingly aggressive stance to corporate wrongdoing, internal investigations have become increasingly significant as a means of effectively managing legal and […]

This month we consider a number of significant cases concerning (i) the unlawfulness of employment tribunal fees, (ii) voluntary overtime and holiday pay, (iii) unfavourable treatment for the purposes of discrimination arising from disability, (iv) the public interest test for whistleblowing claims, (v) the importance of correctly identifying the employer in the ACAS notification form […]

The Duty Suspended Regime for alcohol and tobacco products throughout the UK and EU is a key sector in HMRC’s efforts to combat tax fraud, with an estimated £2 billion being lost annually through smuggling and duty evasion. The fraud is committed by traders who remove alcohol and tobacco from dedicated customs warehouses and either […]

Nicola Elliott, founder and creative director of wellbeing and home fragrance brand, Neom Organics, will be the keynote speaker at a major business awards and celebration this October. Nicola will deliver an inspirational speech at the 35th Annual Women of the Year Awards at the Birmingham Metropole on Friday, October 6. The event, which includes […]

On 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (or “GDPR”) will come into effect and usher in a new data protection regime for the UK. What does the GDPR mean for your organisation? The GDPR will bring about the most fundamental change in data protection law in a generation. It will impact every business, […]

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