Legal Updates


Landlords, take note: new licensing regime for houses in multiple occupation (HMOs)

19 Jul 2018

Mandatory licensing for houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) is due to come into effect from 1st October 2018. This will replace the current regime, which currently affects houses occupied by more than five people, living in two or more separate households over three storeys. A common example is student housing. The new regime will apply […]


The sleep-in crisis: the Court of Appeal overturns judgment for £400 million back pay

19 Jul 2018

In February we reported on the high-profile employment tribunal decision that determined that care workers must receive the national minimum wage, as opposed to a flat-rate fee, for ‘sleep-in shifts’ (overnight shifts during which they are permitted to sleep). This sent shockwaves across the care industry and threatened to bankrupt many smaller businesses who faced […]


What now for Civil Partnerships?

29 Jun 2018

Following the recent Supreme Court ruling, a heterosexual couple should now be allowed to enter into a civil partnership, which the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (CPA) in its current form restricts to same sex couples. The CPA introduced civil partnerships to overcome the inequality that same sex couples could not marry.  It provided a way […]


D-Day Looms for Defaulting Taxpayers

18 Jun 2018

Over the past two years HMRC has been receiving information from over 100 countries about the affairs of UK taxpayers. The majority of those taxpayers will have their tax affairs in order and therefore this will not be a concern. However, there are still a significant number of taxpayers who have not fully disclosed their […]

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