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Five tips to get the best out of staff returning from maternity leave

All too often, time runs away in business and before we know it, it is time to integrate staff back into work after their maternity leave. Many businesses do all they can for their returning staff, but are you really getting the most out of your staff and are you making their transition back to […]

Recovering retention in construction and engineering projects

Contractors: do you find out when your retention will be paid before entering into a construction contract? Do you make sure that your retention is paid when it has become due? What is the purpose of retention? Retention is a percentage (usually up to 5% of the contract sum) of each payment made under a […]

Employment law: the Government’s proposals following the Taylor review

Flint Bishop’s Employment experts share their thoughts below on the Government’s reponse to the Taylor Review. Matthew Taylor, the Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Arts, produced a report last year on various working practices due to concerns about the “gig economy”. The report is known as the “Taylor Review” or the “Taylor Good […]

The new Electronic Communications Code: what are the changes and how will these affect landowners?

The Digital Economy Act 2017 introduced a new Electronic Communications Code, intended to improve the Country’s ability to adapt to ever-evolving technologies and to build the necessary infrastructure more quickly. Nevertheless, is the Code fair to landowners? This article explores what the changes to the Electronic Communications Code mean to landowners and operators alike When […]

Agent of change

On the 18 January, the Government announced plans to adopt Agent of Change into the national planning policy framework. The Housing Secretary announced that housing developers building new homes near music venues should be responsible for addressing noise issues in a move to protect both music venues and their neighbours. The national planning policy framework […]

Carillion collapse – lessons to be learnt

Carillion’s troubles will send a tremor through the construction industry and is likely to have a detrimental impact on the wider supply chain, with many companies considering how much they are owed, whether they will be able to make any recovery and what impact non-recovery will have on their own trading situation. When an event […]

Gender pay gap reporting – an overview

What is the gender pay gap? The gender pay gap shows the difference between the average earnings of men and women. Do you have to report? The reporting requirement applies to private sector employers in England, Wales and Scotland, that have over 250 employees as of 5th April each year and whose contracts are governed […]

Understanding Non-Disclosure Agreements and making informed decisions about signing them

Confidentiality can be crucial to the success and competitiveness of your business. These agreements are vital for ensuring your sensitive information is not used inappropriately. The first thing to be clear on is that there is no difference between a Non-Disclosure Agreement and a Confidentiality Agreement; these are just two different phrases which are used […]

January – is it the time to divorce?

January is usually known as the time for new beginnings but unfortunately, the media has designated this month as ‘Divorce Month’ – suggesting a surge in couples divorcing after the festive break. There is some truth to this; we have found that divorce enquiries do peak in January. People thinking of separation begin searching for […]

Government announces consultation on later pub opening hours to celebrate Royal Wedding

The UK Government have issued a four-week public consultation on whether to relax licensing hours across England and Wales to mark the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on 19 May 2018. The Government proposes to make a licensing hours order under Section 172 of the Licensing Act which would extend opening hours to […]

Making a will – a new year’s resolution you should keep!

What have you decided as your New Year’s resolutions this year? Why not add making a Will to your resolution list! Most of us want our wishes to be carried out after our death, yet making a Will is one of those jobs that many people put off. Every adult should have a valid Will. […]

How is the office environment changing?

On average, UK citizens spend 90,000 hours of their lives in the office. It is therefore imperative that the environment landlords provide to their employer-tenants and their tenants’ employees is one that not only allows them to work comfortably, but allows them to maximise their potential. This article explores the changing landscape of commercial property […]

Flint Bishop helps local student raise funds for Childreach International project

Flint Bishop’s Inspire & Ignite scheme provided support to BA (hons) Business Management student Danielle Keeling to complete her Big Build Morocco dream. Danielle Keeling, a third year BA (hons) Business Management undergraduate student at the University of Derby has recently completed 11 days in Morocco, volunteering her time to help complete the building of […]

Employment law round-up of important cases from 2017

There have been many cases which have gone through the courts and employment tribunals during 2017. Some were unsurprising but some were unexpected. Here is a summary of some of the more newsworthy cases which you should certainly be aware of as we head into 2018. Abolishment of employment tribunal fees R (on the application of UNISON) […]

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES): the legal standard for lenders, landlords, investors and developers

The new legal standard for energy efficiency which applies to both residential and commercial buildings that are let was introduced in March 2015 and poses both threats and opportunities for lenders, landlords, freehold investors and developers. This article will focus on its impact on the commercial rental industry and the effect on lenders, landlords, freehold […]

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and Energy Efficiency Ratings – what are they and what do they mean?

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is required every time a property is placed on the rental or sale market. This article explains what is involved with commercial properties and why lenders, landlords, freehold investors and developers should see this part of their commercial property purchase and management as important. Nearly all properties, regardless of purpose […]

Who is really going to run the business if one of your shareholders dies?

Have you ever considered what will happen to the business, should you or another shareholder pass away? Without any express agreement to deal with what happens to a shareholder’s shares on death, then a family member of the deceased may acquire those shares and have the ability to have a say in the future direction […]

Flint Bishop shortlisted in three categories for the 2018 CICM Awards

Following the recent success at this year’s CCR Credit Excellence Awards, Flint Bishop are now in the running for further accolades having been shortlisted in three categories for the 2018 CICM British Credit Awards. The CICM, Europe’s largest credit association, is the centre of expertise for credit management and promotes excellence and best-practice achievement. The […]

When should you issue a ‘pay less’ notice in construction and engineering projects?

The Court of Appeal has ruled (in the recent case of Adam Architecture v Halsbury Homes) that the ‘pay less’ notice regime applies to final payments and termination payments which fall due under “construction contracts” (as defined in the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (“the Construction Act”)) in the same way that it […]

Form 696 to be abolished

The Metropolitan Police have scrapped the Form 696 and instead will develop a new voluntary partnership approach for venues and promoters across London. This follows a full review and consultation of the Form 696 risk assessment process which was instigated at a special meeting of the London Music Board in September co-hosted by Amy Lamé, […]


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