Monthly Archives:: October 2015

When is commuting time Working time?

If you employ staff who are entirely or largely field-based, and travel from home to their various assignments each day, without attending a workplace first, or if you are such a worker, then this article contains important information for you. Bishop & Sewell take a look at the impact of a recent European Court decision… Read more »

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How far should HR get involved in disciplinary proceedings?

HR officers must not exceed their role in providing procedural advice and guidance to managers involved in disciplinary matters. Similarly, managers must accept the responsibility to make the investigatory findings and disciplinary decisions without their judgement being improperly influenced. Where the line is crossed and the manager allows their decision on the facts to be… Read more »

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An update by Karen Bright, Head of Dispute Resolution on the Immigration Act and its impact on residential landlords

The Immigration Act imposes new obligations on landlords and in some circumstances, agents, to check that the person they are letting a property to is entitled to be in the UK. A failure to comply can result in the landlord or agent being responsible for a fine of up to £3,000. The Government has just… Read more »

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Tax and Lease extensions

A lot of people think that when they have purchased their freehold to their block that is the end of the story and that they do not need to do anything else to protect their position.  However, that is not always quite right as this article explains. There may be a ‘sting in the tail’… Read more »

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ALEP response to the government consultation on tribunal fees

As reported elsewhere, ALEP (the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners) has submitted its response to the government consultation on the planned introduction of fees for Enfranchisment cases in the First Tier Tribunal (‘FTT’). A copy of the response can be seen below. Mark Chick, an ALEP director and member of the Advisory Committee said “It… Read more »

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Basements

Basement excavations are causing a lot of controversy in London with property owners wishing to make the most of their homes. Such extensions may cause nuisance and damage to neighbouring properties. The Local Authority will consider its own planning policy when deciding on the granting or otherwise of planning consent. Even if planning permission is… Read more »

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Leasehold Forum 1st October 2015

Mark Chick spoke at the October Leasehold Forum meeting on ‘back to basics.’ The talk was for surveyors working in leasehold reform. Slides now removed. If you attended and would like a copy please contact us. For further information on buying your freehold or extending your lease or to talk to a member of the Landlord… Read more »

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