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News: January 2018

Freeths have recently recruited a team of four new immigration law specialists, all from Simpson Millar LLP. Emma Brooksbank joins the Leeds office as a partner, heading up the team, whom she worked with for several years previously at Simpson Millar. Emma has over 10 years’ experience, particularly in advising investor and entrepreneur clients and […]

At the end of last year, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond announced the 2017 Autumn Budget and the Government also published its Industrial Strategy. Following on from the Government’s Housing White Paper (March 2017), that was discussed in our March 2017 briefing, the Chancellor’s Budget commits heavily to housing in a bid to […]

Freeths have recently presented a cheque to Alzheimer’s Society for £50,000 after carrying out fundraising events over the past 18 months. Staff have been involved in various activities both in and out of the office, with the landmark event being a skydive last May. Over forty members of staff from across the country jumped from […]

The compulsory liquidation of Carillion on 15 January could leave you in a long queue of parties trying to recover money from Carillion’s liquidators. We have set out our 12 Top Tips for Employers and Sub-Contractors / Suppliers that you can take now to limit your potential exposure. It is important you get it right […]

The Derby office of leading law firm Freeths has grown their real estate team with the addition of Helen Pearson and Monika Holyst. Helen joins as an Associate, having previously worked for Flint Bishop. Helen has a particular interest in property finance and works on varied property management matters including assignment of leases, sublettings and […]

Notwithstanding the question marks over the future of our public procurement regime post-Brexit, developments and new cases in this area continue apace – we set out below some of the more interesting ones over the past few months. R (Wylde) v Waverley 2017 Challenging Public Authorities’ Procurement Issues This case was an important decision about […]

Welcome to the January edition of Freeths Employment Review. This month we report on a recent case on “qualifying disclosures” for whistleblowing purposes, an interesting case where an employer gave an employee a false reason for dismissal, useful further guidance from the EAT on protected conversations and a case concerning an employer’s liability for a […]

The Manchester office of leading law firm Freeths has recently appointed a new Director. Jill Carey joins the firm’s Litigation department where she will specialise in Property Litigation and Dispute Management. She brings with her a wealth of experience across the entire sector, having worked most recently for the last ten years in London at […]

Digital transformation is a compromise: a cheaper, but poorer, alternative to human-led services. This has been the perspective of many people I have encountered in the public sector. And I have some sympathy with this argument for a number of reasons. For a start, the drive to digital has been an explicit response to the […]

The European Commission has provided details of the threshold values which apply to public procurements from 1 January 2018. These apply to public, utility, concession, and defence and security contracts. What’s New? The following is a summary of the changes to the thresholds (further details can be obtained from the following Procurement Policy Note PPN […]

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