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Liquidated Damages and Penalty Clauses in Construction Contracts

Liquidated damages clauses are often found in construction contracts. The amounts to be paid under liquidated damages clauses can be significant and it is therefore not surprising that the validity of liquidated damages clauses are often disputed by the paying party; one of the most common grounds for dispute is that the liquidated damages clause […]

Are holiday illness claims becoming the new whiplash ‘headache’ for the insurance industry?

Flint Bishop’s Head of Insurance Law and Fraud, Raj Sumal, spoke with presenter Ian Skye on the BBC Radio Derby Breakfast Show on 06 March 2018 about the rise of fraudulent travel insurance and holiday illness claims. Raj Sumal, Head of Insurance Law and Fraud at Flint Bishop has been investigating and dealing with fraudulent […]

World Cup Licensing Brief

This year’s World Cup is being hosted by Russia and starts on 14 June. England are in Group G and the first round matches are: Monday 18th June 19.00 (GMT) kick-off England V Tunisia Sunday 24th June 13.00 (GMT) kick-off England V Panama Thursday 28th June 19.00 (GMT) kick-off England V Belgium Timings of matches […]

Disabled Access & Facilities Statement

The Premises Licence (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2018 Section 179 of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 amends section 20 of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 to require individuals applying for an alcohol premises licence or provisional premises licence to provide a ‘Disabled Access and Facilities Statement’. This will need to accompany the application […]

Emergency blood couriers now ruled as employees

The majority of blood transportation drivers across the country, controlled by The Doctors Laboratory, were classed as self-employed drivers until last year. This article looks at why this has changed and what this means to the wider gig economy. The Doctors Laboratory’s decision last year The Doctors Laboratory, which is the UK’s largest independent provider […]

Flint Bishop appoints new Chief Executive and Management Board following another successful year

Top 200 UK law firm Flint Bishop LLP, employing over 170 lawyers and support staff, has appointed Qamer Ghafoor as Chief Executive and established a new Management Board to advance the firm’s ambitious growth plans. Flint Bishop’s three Equity Partners, Qamer Ghafoor, Andrew Cochrane and Ian Beardmore, have decided to revamp and streamline the management […]

Licensing hours relaxed for pubs over Royal Wedding weekend

Following the UK Government’s four-week public consultation, the Home Office have now confirmed that licensing hours will be relaxed to allow premises to stay open and serve alcohol until 1 am on Saturday 19 May (the Friday into Saturday) and Sunday 20 May (the Saturday into Sunday) to mark the wedding of Prince Harry and […]

To sign or not sign – considerations for tenants before entering into a new commercial lease

Entering into a new commercial lease can be an exciting but daunting time for a commercial tenant. Before signing on the dotted line for your commercial premises, there are some very important aspects to consider and check in your commercial lease, including: Am I permitted to make alterations to the premises to suit my business […]

Network of Entrepreneurs: Driven for Success

Ed Hollands, a graduate of Derby University and owner of DrivenMedia has secured an investment of £30,000 from Jenny Campbell after appearing on Dragon’s Den. Ed met his mentor Graham Mullholland at the Network of Entrepreneurs event, sponsored by Flint Bishop. One of the areas that entrepreneurs struggle with is connecting with the right people […]

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. […]


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