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National Security & Investment Bill
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

The UK Government has published the National Security and Investment Bill – a proposed law that will introduce a screening process for certain acquisitions and investments and which is expected to come into force as early as April 2021. The National Security and Investment Bill has now had its second reading and is expected to come into force as early as April 2021. We take a look at what it will cover...

Valuing Shareholdings in Divorce Proceedings: The Potential Impact on a Business
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

According to the Institute for Family Business, over five million family businesses in the UK generate more than a third of UK GDP. In 2018, the family business sector paid £196 billion in tax (over a quarter of the Government's total revenue) and employed 14 million people in the UK (50% of private sector employment)...

Agile Implementations and Legacy Systems – A Pyrrhic Victory for the Co-Op?
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

The recent CIS v IBM decision touches on two topical issues in IT disputes: maintenance and replacement of legacy systems, and  use of agile implementation methodologies.  It is also a useful reminder of some important basics regarding the management of troubled IT projects. The case and the issues The claimant (Co-op) was the insurance business of the Co-op group...

How Could Cryptocurrency Affect Divorce?
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

Earlier this month, Elon Musk revealed that Tesla, the electric car company run by the world's richest person, had bought $1.5bn (£1.1bn) in bitcoin and might soon also accept payment in the popular but controversial cryptocurrency. News of Tesla’s investment boosted bitcoin, and while lately it dropped from its record high, it appears to be rebounding. Cryptocurrency investment continues to move into the mainstream as global interest rates remain at record lows...

Inclusion at Work: Perspectives on LGBT+ Working Lives
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

New research from the CIPD has confirmed that LGBT+ employees experience higher level of work-based conflict, and almost one in five transgender workers feel psychologically unsafe at work. The CIPD’s recent report, Inclusion at work: perspectives on LGBT+ working lives confirms that while workplace inclusivity is fundamental to good, fair work and positive employee outcomes, many organisations have been slow to make headway to support their LGBT+ workforces...

IHL Series: IR35 refresher
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

In an ever-changing working world, it has never been as important to stay in touch and up to date with what's happening around us. Our bite-sized webinars are designed to focus on practical tips for in-house lawyers...

Real Estate IHL Series - The Future of CVAs & other L&T issues
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

Andrew Pattinson and Anna Lowe interview Sarah Teal and Richard Symonds on how CVAs are currently being used, where they are going and what do landlords and tenants (and their advisors) need to know? What exactly is a CVA and why is it different from other forms of insolvency process A CVA is a company rescue procedure. It is a proposal whereby the company restructures its business (i.e. deals with historic debts, under performance stores etc...

Good Governance in Farming Businesses
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

Post-Brexit, it’s now even more important for farming families to understand how changes to direct payments and valuation of farmland can affect succession, asset protection and family disputes. We explain what you need to know. Leaving the EU resulted in the UK leaving the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which paid farmers direct payments and has been a significant source of income for many farmers...

In Default? New Chanes to Consumer Credit Rules
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

Several key changes to existing legislation have been made due to the Consumer Credit (Enforcement, Default and Termination Notices) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 coming into effect. We run through what you need to know. The amendments, which came into force on 2 December 2020, have been welcomed by debtors and mental health campaigners, who have argued for years that changes were required to the form and content of default notices...

Kids Company Director Disqualification Proceedings – Some Initial Thoughts
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

Many people will be aware of the collapse of Kids Company from press coverage in the last five years or so but may be surprised by the outcome of the court proceedings involving the individuals who ran it. What has just been decided? Kids Company was a well-known charity which provided support to vulnerable children and young people...

VAT Reverse Charge to Apply from 1 March 2021
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

The VAT domestic reverse charge - referred to below as the reverse charge - is a major change to the way VAT will be collected in the building and construction industry. The reverse charge regime will come into effect on 1 March 2021 and will in many instances require customers receiving building and construction services to pay the VAT due directly to HMRC, instead of paying the supplier. This is a fundamental change to the way in which VAT is administered on construction contracts...

In Default? New Changes to Consumer Credit Rules
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

Several key changes to existing legislation have been made due to the Consumer Credit (Enforcement, Default and Termination Notices) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 coming into effect. We run through what you need to know. The amendments, which came into force on 2 December 2020, have been welcomed by debtors and mental health campaigners, who have argued for years that changes were required to the form and content of default notices...

Tax: Amber Warning for Those Contemplating Divorce or Separation
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

We've become familiar with the Met Office issuing “traffic light” warnings about potentially disruptive weather. Couples contemplating divorce or separation could face similarly rough going when it comes to their tax affairs, especially Capital Gains Tax (CGT) when property or a business is involved. The alert level right now would be considered “amber” - think before you separate as you might not be able to complete a settlement in time for this tax year...

Essential Webinar Series for Employers: DSARs and Other Practical Data Protection Issues for Employers
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

With businesses now building back up following the pandemic, focus has moved onto ensuring organisations are as efficient, effective and resilient as possible. Key to this is ensuring that managers are fully equipped to handle workplace issues. The session focuses on dealing with DSARS and other practical data protection issues for employers. The key takeaway points are set out below: Brexit and Data Protection The Data Protection Act 2018 continues to apply in the UK...

Flexible Working and Employee Mental Health
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

This is the final article in a series reflecting on employee mental health and wellbeing challenges that employers are currently facing. It focuses on how employers can support employee mental health going forwards. Flexible future? If COVID-19 has done one thing at the very least, it is to open employers’ eyes to different and more creative ways of working...

Pension Schemes Bill Receives Royal Assent
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

The Pension Schemes Bill received Royal Assent on 11 February 2021, becoming the Pension Schemes Act 2021. Originally introduced into Parliament in Autumn 2019, the Act covers a mix of pensions-related matters which we outline in this article. Parts One and Two set out the legislative framework for establishing a collective money purchase scheme, commonly known as a collective defined contribution scheme (Part Two extends this to Northern Ireland)...

Warning to Employers to Keep Equal Opportunities Training Updated
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

A summary of the decision in Allay (UK) Limited v S Gehlen and a reminder to employers to keep equal opportunities training up to date to be able to rely on the all reasonable steps defence under s 109 (4) of the Equality Act 2010. It is common for employers to provide employees with equal opportunities training, to underpin workplace culture as well as to prevent discrimination from taking place. A recent case, however, provides a salutary reminder to keep such training up to date...

“I’m Here Live, I’m Not a Cat”
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

Many of us chuckled at the viral video of a Texan lawyer who appeared at a remote court hearing as a cat. This unfortunate filter mishap does, however, act as a warning to all lawyers to check their settings before attending remote hearings as it looks like they are here to stay. Over the last 12 months, the use of virtual court hearings has sky-rocketed (perhaps unsurprisingly) in the wake of the COVID pandemic...

Strategic Land Development and Public Rights of Way
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

Takeaways from webinar on 2 February 2021 hosted by Karen Howard, Matthew Stimson and Grace Mitchell from our planning & environmental team. What are public rights of way and why are they relevant? A public right of way (PROW) is a type of highway - a route across land over which the public at large has a right to pass/ repass without permission or interference...

Re-Imagining Corporate Real Estate
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

This article forms part of our ‘New How: Perspectives’ report: ‘Can real estate help solve the productivity puzzle?. To access this free report, please click the link below.     We all know a happy engaged employee is a productive and successful employee. Unfortunately, the UK has one of the least engaged employee populations in Europe...

Option Agreements – Say what you Mean and Keep Litigation at Bay
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

In Fishbourne Developments Limited v Stephens, the Court of Appeal emphasised the importance of applying commercial common sense and considering the relevant factual background to a case when interpreting contracts. Fishbourne, a developer, had the benefit of an option to acquire a 117 acre farm in West Sussex...

Redefining Public Private Partnerships: National Summit
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

Over the next decade, challenges around public funding and a shift in live/work priorities will create an increasing need for public-private collaboration as we seek to rebuild and regenerate our towns and cities in a post-Covid and post-Brexit climate...

An Overview of Modern Cross Jurisdictional Investigation
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

The with backdrop of a global pandemic, John Hartley looks at the modern structure of global corporate investigations. It is a small world and getting smaller. The speed at which COVID-19 spread across the world when most easily transmitted by being within two meters of each other is a clear indication of just how small the world is getting...

Bricks and Clicks
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

This article forms part of our ‘New How: Perspectives’ report: ‘Can real estate help solve the productivity puzzle?. To access this free report, please click on the download link to the right of this page. Traditional bricks and mortar retailers, occupying premises under long leases with upwards only rent reviews, can be forgiven for looking enviously at online retailers and their flexibility and comparatively low overheads...

Frontier Workers – What the New Guidance Mans for You
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

Our latest Brexit Insight: Immigration series of webinars focusses on the impact of Brexit on workers and businesses since 31 December 2020. Our Immigration expert, Rachel Harvey, kicked off the first session by discussing the issues surrounding the new frontier worker permit and eligibility, including what a frontier worker is, what a frontier worker permit provides and what your obligations are as an employer for the next 6 months and beyond...

 

 

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