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28 June 2021 Flexible working, childcare and indirect sex discrimination – important reminder

The courts have long recognised that, on a societal level, women bear a greater burden of childcare responsibilities than men which can make it more difficult for women to comply with employer requirements for flexible working (known as the ‘childcare disparity’).

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5 February 2021 The Debt Respite Scheme and its implications for creditors

The Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space Moratorium and Mental Health Crisis Moratorium) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 is due to come into force on 4 May 2021. It’s a snappy title but what exactly is it?

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6 November 2020 Developers: disregard restrictive covenants at your peril

The Supreme Court has decided a significant appeal on the Upper Tribunal’s power to discharge or modify restrictive covenants pursuant to section 84(1) of the Law of Property Act (“1925 Act”).

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6 March 2018 The housing crisis - PM tells developers to step up and do their bit

The PM has announced plans to target developers who are sitting on planning permissions in a bid to address the ongoing housing crisis.

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27 June 2017 Dangerous premises may not be defective premises

The case of Dodd v Raeburn Estates Ltd has reaffirmed the important distinction between potentially dangerous premises and disrepair for the purposes of the Defective Premises Act 1972 (DPA), with the Court of Appeal finding that the freeholder of a building was not liable for the death of the Claimant’s husband who fell down a dangerous staircase in the building, concluding that there is no obligation to remedy inherent defects or to take steps to put premises into a safer condition.

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20 July 2016 Path to victory - Supreme Court limits remit of 'structure and exterior' under Section 11

The recent case of Edwards v Kumarasamy will give heart to social landlords because the Supreme Court has overturned the judgment of the Court of Appeal.

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27 April 2016 NAO gives view on the government’s progress on devolution

The momentum of the devolution revolution seems to have slowed. Local authorities have been left hanging on, tantalisingly close to a deal…

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26 April 2016 Relationships key to devolution success

With the majority of central government sitting behind the Treasury when it comes to buying into the devolution agenda, what will the long term relationship between central and local government look like?

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25 April 2016 Devolution revolution - is central government ready?

One of the key themes explored in our report ‘Our changing state: the realities of austerity and devolution’ is the preparedness of central government

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8 October 2015 Starter homes - boost the devil is in the detail

David Cameron’s announcement of “a dramatic shift in housing policy in our country” contains one big idea.… But the big idea is short of detail.

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