Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) have launched a £1bn UK courts system reform programme involving over 50 projects to change and improve our court and tribunal services. The aim of this programme is to make the legal services just, proportionate and accessible for everyone. It is hoped that by bringing in new technology and improving digital court services and thus improving the efficiency and efficacy of the courts, the programme will deliver significant savings, and maintain the competitiveness of the UK as a legal services hub.
The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 ("the Act") comes into force on 20 March 2019
From 20 March 2019, the Act will apply to new tenancies of rented houses and flats of less than seven years including renewal tenancies and a tenancy that has become a periodic on or after the 20 March 2019.
Consultation on extending protection for pregnant women and new mothers
Pregnancy and maternity rights have been increasingly in the news over the last few years, particularly as part of the discussion about the increasing gap in pay between men and women during their thirties and why there is a trend of women taking less well paid and skilled roles after having children.
Like London buses two come along at the same time - hot on the heels of last month’s judgment in Cowan V Foreman we now have another decision in relation to an application for permission to extend time for bringing a claim under the Inheritance Act...
Although for some, future retirement plans seem too far in the distance, it is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly to ensure that your investments help towards providing an enjoyable future for you and your family.
Recognition and enforcement in the EU in the event of a "No Deal Brexit"
If the UK and the EU do not enter into a withdrawal agreement or if no extension is granted to the deadline, then various EU laws/regulations will no longer apply to the UK after 11pm on 29 March 2019.
Although practical completion is a key stage in most construction projects, usually triggering the start of the rectification period, the release of retention and changes in insurance obligations, it is rare for the term practical completion to be defined within a contract.
Improving diversity: when is it appropriate to use “Positive Action”?
One way is to use “positive action” in the recruitment process. However, using positive action is not without pitfalls, as we see from the recent Employment Tribunal case of Mr Furlong v the Chief Constable of Cheshire Police.