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News: March 2018

Toys R Us, Mothercare, Carpetright and Maplin are the latest casualties of the retail ‘slump’ attributable (in part) to high inflation and online competition. As consumer habits change in favour of online shopping, how can bricks and mortar-retailers be innovative, remain profitable and keep the high street alive? 1. Omni-Channel Shopping In essence: create a […]

Of the three main revelations of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) report on migration released today, the fact UK businesses are not keen on having a restricted workforce pool was the least shocking. Most shocking was the evidence EEA migrants are often the best, sometimes the only qualified candidate for the job. The interim report […]

Snow White Easter Eggs With perfect timing for the late spring snow, the government has released its long awaited Protecting Defined Benefit Pension Schemes white paper, leaving everyone a couple of weeks over Easter to digest the headline proposals. Government Acts as Easter Bunny for the Pensions Regulator Headline points from the government include plans […]

Does it Tell us Anything we did not Already Know? On the 19th March 2018, David Davis and Michel Barnier, the key negotiators for the United Kingdom and the European Union in the Brexit negotiations, stood before a screen with the 129 pages of the Draft Agreement on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom of […]

Worth Knowing About Because… Following a Competition and Marketing Authority (CMA) investigation into the use of ‘bonus funds’ and ‘free bet’ promotions on gambling and gaming websites, the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) and The UK Gambling Commission have issued new Guidance for Advertisers of Free Bets and Bonuses. The CAP have also issued new […]

EM LawShare, the largest local authority legal consortium in England and Wales has recently named their panel. Freeths are pleased to be re-appointed as one of the seven law firms who will continue to advise over 130 public sector bodies for the next four years. The consortium was set up in 2006 in the East […]

Welcome to Freeths’ Brexit Bulletin Regular updates from our immigration law specialists for UK businesses and their EU staff. We hope you enjoyed our first ever Brexit Bulletin; a lot can happen in just two weeks. We hope our on-going Brexit bulletins will keep you up to date and will help you plan for Brexit […]

The Tier 2 Cap For Sponsored Workers Has Been Hit For The Third Consecutive Month The limit on restricted certificates of sponsorships (RCOS) has been reached for the third month in a row. What impact does this have on an employer’s ability to recruit into essential roles to meet their workforce needs? Background To secure […]

It was reported earlier this week that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have recently secured its first conviction against a corporate body for the offence of ‘failing to prevent bribery’. London based Skansen Interiors was convicted after its Managing Director was found to have paid bribes to a property company in order to secure refurbishment […]

The Government published on 5 March 2018 its revised draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), along with an accompanying draft Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) for viability and a Housing Delivery Test ‘Draft Measurement Book’. Unlike past changes that ‘tinkered’ with policies and guidance, the latest revisions substantially change significant parts of the policies and guidance, […]

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