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News, Articles & Events: October 2023

A body of families campaigning for safer maternity services, called The Maternity Safety Alliance, has written a letter to the Health Secretary, Steve Barclay, calling for a statutory public inquiry into all NHS maternity services across England. It is clear that the families who have been affected by poor maternity care in their own local […]

The Department for Transport has launched another funding competition under its ZEBRA zero emission bus programme. You are invited to join Freeths and WSP at this free webinar to learn more about ZEBRA and lessons learnt from the first phase of ZEBRA funding. This webinar is ideal if you work for a local authority, bus […]

At its annual party conference (earlier this month), Labour unveiled its proposals for housing reform, pledging to “get Britain building again” with a package of reforms aimed at securing the construction of 1.5 million homes over the next Parliament. The proposals include: Streamlining the planning process. Raising stamp duty taxes on foreign buyers. Ending the […]

National law firm Freeths has advised award-winning fit-out contractor Workspace Design and Build on its move to become an employee-owned company, 19 years since its inception. Workspace Design and Build, established in 2004 by Russell Davis and David Barfield, delivers office refurbishment projects throughout the North-West and Midlands. Now, the eligible members of staff who […]

Everyone in the social housing sector will be familiar with the changes to the shared ownership leases, introduced by the Affordable Homes Programme 2021 – 2026. These changes resulted in: The minimum initial share being reduced from 25% to 10%. New shared owners being able to buy additional shares in their home in 1% increments […]

If you are a sponsor licence holding employer who recruits internationally, or you are an overseas national who is planning to apply for a visa or extend your stay in the UK, then you may want to know about significant proposed changes in the Immigration Health Surcharge. This is a fee that most visa applicants […]

Freeths are proud to have once again sponsored the Women of the Year awards, which celebrated its 41st year of recognising successful and inspiring women at a celebratory lunch at Birmingham Hilton Metropole on 13th October. The annual awards are a significant celebration of achievement, promoting positive female role models who provide inspiration across all […]

National law firm Freeths has established a bursary programme for law students at the University of Leicester and De Montfort University in memory of Mukesh Patel, former Managing Partner of Freeths’ Leicester Office. The bursary will provide local undergraduate law students with an award of £4,000 a year for three years, with a focus on […]

18 October 2023 is World Menopause Day, here are some questions for employers to consider: Do you have a menopause-friendly culture and policy that supports employee’s health and wellbeing? In 2022, the Menopause and Workplace report by the Fawcett Society and Channel 4 reported that 44% of women of the 4,000 women surveyed aged 45 […]

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