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News, Articles & Events: February 2023

As litigators, often the first question we ask when instructed on a dispute between shareholders is whether there is a shareholders’ agreement in place. The answer to that question is rarely ‘yes’. But it should be. A shareholders’ agreement is a contract between a company’s shareholders that governs their rights and obligations. It sits alongside […]

In February 2023, the Government announced that £15 million of funding will be made available during 2023 and 2024 to fund international recruitment within the adult social care sector. The sector struggles with significant labour shortages, with employers across the health and care sectors unable to recruit and keep the staff they need. Vacancy rates […]

The Home Office have confirmed that in 2022 there were 2,836,490 visas granted. This is 11% less than visas granted pre-covid, mostly due to less visit visas being granted but shows an increase in the aftermath of the global pandemic. Find the Government’s summary of the latest statistics here. Out of the 2.8 million visas, […]

National law firm Freeths has paid tribute to a much-loved colleague and partner, Mukesh Patel, who died unexpectedly on Saturday 18th February. Mukesh was the Managing Partner of the Leicester office. A very popular member of both Freeths and the local community, Mukesh had been with the firm since 2009 and quickly established himself as […]

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust (“UHDB”) have recently engaged with a maternity learning review. The results of the review have been released today. In a 74-page report prepared by the Healthcare Safety Investigations Branch (“HSIB”) they have made a number of safety recommendations together with noting delays in care, staff shortages […]

The Government published on 21 February 2023 its long-awaited response to its January 2022 Mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) consultation, together with further guidance on BNG Our thoughts on this are as follows: Insufficient detail The Government’s BNG consultation response has been a long time coming and yet still there is great deal of vagueness […]

The spotlight has been firmly placed on maternity services across the NHS further to the outcome of the Ockenden Report into maternity services at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust released in 2022. This report alerted hospitals to a number of areas of maternity care as to which urgent improvement was required in the […]

On 13 February 2023 the Carriers’ Liability (Amendment) Regulations 2023 came into force which changed the rules and penalties relating to vehicles carrying clandestine entrants to the UK. The Government have said that in the financial year 2020-2021, there were 3,145 incidents where clandestine entrants were detected concealed in vehicles. This rose to 3,838 incidents […]

New in the EU: Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive On 5 January 2023, the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (2022/2464) (“CSRD”) entered into force in the EU. EU Member states now have 18 months (from 16 December 2022) to implement the CSRD into national law following publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. The CSRD […]

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