Succession and protecting the farm

It has been suggested that around 60% of farming families do not have written succession plans! ...

Health and safety law(s) in construction

Health and safety is an obvious concern across all industries. It’s of particular...

Health and safety offence sentencing guidelines

In the event the HSE elects to proceed with enforcement action by way of prosecution against the...

How to avoid common pitfalls in your construction project

The judgment Cartwright Pond Ltd v Wild [2021] EWHC 1600 (TCC)   highlights key issues...

Disputes between homeowners and building contractors

As an Associate Solicitor specialising in dispute resolution and construction law, I am often...

Does your contract cover prior works?

I was once asked to assist a client to draft the construction contracts for a number of projects...

Defending adjudication: How to avoid common pitfalls?

Adjudication has been successful in overcoming problems previously associated with resolving...

Planning an exit from your healthcare business

Whether you operate your healthcare business as a sole trader, partnership, LLP or company there...

Mandatory Covid vaccinations for care home staff

Ministers recently voted in favour of approving the draft of The Health and Social Care Act 2008...

Do you have resident care home employees?

Some employees live at their place of work in connection with their employment. This can arise...

Sustainable growth - doesn't have to cost the Earth!

No matter which sector your business is in, or where it is located, we are all coming under...

Private water supplies, good or bad?

Many would extol the virtues of a private water supply (PWS). Well think again.  There are...

Developers changing builds to facilitate home working

The majority of the population has had to adapt and change to working from home over the past...

Direct employment in the construction sector

IR35 is due to come into force on 6 April 2021.  The Joint Industry Board (JIB) has issued a...

Succession: how to keep it in the family for generations

Over the last 200 years, agriculture in Britain has changed significantly. With the impending...

Farming a green and prosperous land.

Everyone, from school children to David Attenborough and Prince Charles, are urging us to combat...

Public Rights of Way - Landowners Stay Aware

Landowners have experienced an increase in the public encroaching onto their land. Covid-19 has...

RSE and health education now mandatory 2020

Relationship education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education...

Knife crime in schools and exclusions

Carrying a knife is a criminal offence under s.1 of the Prevention of Crime Act 1953 and s.4 of...

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020

The Department for Education (“DfE”) has published its 2020 update to Keeping Children...

The Academies Financial Handbook 2020 - The key changes

The Academies Financial Handbook 2020 (AFH) is effective from 1 September 2020. There are some...

Health and Social Care update throughout Covid-19

Birkett Long has continued to support and assist a wide range of clients within the health and...

Are GP premises leases "off-putting"?

A GP Partnership Review was published in 2019. The review found that GPs had considered the...

Business owners - why you need a will & LPA

In these very strange and difficult times, it is essential that we all think about making a will ...

Healthcare business - Succession or exit planning!

Whether you operate your healthcare business as a sole trader, partnership, LLP or company there...

GCSE exam results appeals

Exams and assessments were cancelled this year due to Covid-19. Those that keep up with the news...

Why should every farmer have a lasting power of attorney?

There are two separate documents; one to deal with your property and financial affairs, and the...

Can a company in liquidation recover outstanding payments?

The case of Bresco Electrical Services Ltd (in liquidation) v Michael J Lonsdale (Electrical) Ltd...

Construction industry: Flexible furlough and holiday

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was modified on 1 July 2020, so employees who have...

Construction industry: Impact of new insolvency provisions

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act (CIGA) is the latest piece of legislation enacted by...

Is your charity suffering due to Covid-19?

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act (CIGA) came into force on 26 June 2020. CIGA is the...

Concerns for business tenants during lockdown

Following the Prime Minister’s speech on 23 March 2020, only essential business and...

Diversification to create additional revenue streams

In response to political and economic uncertainties, British landowners are seeking to diversify...

Reforming Agricultural Tenancies

Onerous provisions imposed by the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 (“the 1986 Act”),...

Construction services VAT reverse charge

Many in the construction industry were unaware of the significant change, which was due to take...

Holiday pay for permanent workers who work part of the year

A recent Court of Appeal decision (Harpur Trust v Brazel) has shown how holiday pay must be...

Will you need to be licensed to be a builder?

A task force has recently been set up to look at whether a form of mandatory licensing for the...

Making it easier to execute documents

Many readers will be surprised to learn that electronic signing of documents is something that is...

When all is not what it seems

Who owns the farmland that the farm operates on? It’s a fairly straightforward question,...

Occupiers' liability for visitors

If you occupy land, you should familiarise yourself with the duties you have for visitors, whether...

Paying for care for you or your loved ones

Planning for and paying for care in later life is always a tricky subject and not one that we or...

Environmental change is happening

The answer is blowing in the wind – and careful assessment and planning Quite a lot has...

Effects of Brexit when recruiting and retaining EU workers

The current Brexit deadline is 31 October 2019. It is difficult to second guess what will happen...

Brexit and the education sector

As of January 2019, there were nearly 147,000 EU students studying a higher education...

Serious incident reporting

All charities with an income over £25,000 must report serious incidents to the Charity...

Freedom of information requests

A number of educational institutions that we act for have received freedom of information...

Personal injury and discrimination in education

The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (“NASUWT”) has...

Has the SPV failed to pay you?

Development companies often set up a Special Purpose Vehicle (‘SPV’) when they wish to...

Can you trust Building Inspectors' certificates?

In a construction project, a Building Inspector examines the works to certify that they comply...

New low cost adjudication service

The Technology and Construction Solicitors Association (TeCSA) has launched a fixed costs service...

Are you paying your CITB Levy?

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Levy is collected to provide training to people...

Websites, cookies and data protection

Many online business owners ask me about the significance of “cookies”. They question...

Online platforms - promoting fairness and transparency

If you are running online intermediation services or if you are a user of online intermediation...

General Data Protection Regulation - the challenge continues

On 25 May 2018, the GDPR came into force signalling a major reform of data protection regulation....

Demystifying diversification!

Today, land owners consider various ways to produce income from their land, instead of relying...

Agricultural tenancy legislation - modernising and updating?

Presumably to give the farming community a well-deserved break from worrying about Brexit, DEFRA...

Farm business structures: Tenancy Agreements

Farming families are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of reviewing their business...

Agricultural lasting powers of attorney

It is commonly reported that farming is one of the most dangerous professions. When running an...

Modernising and updating?

Presumably to give the farming community a break from Brexit, DEFRA has opened a consultation to...

What to consider when resigning as a charity trustee

Hopefully, as all trustees of charities will be aware, whilst appointed as a trustee you owe the...

Diversification

Diversification of the Farm The Agriculture Bill, which is currently passing through...

Talk to the experts - they really can help

We were approached by our client, a company specialising in the fabrication and installation of...

You for MEES and MEES for you

The government’s drive to tackle climate change continues, estimating that 18% of commercial...

Dedicated to developers

The General Permitted Development Rights (GPDR) currently allow for some commercial property, such...

The impact of a 'no deal' Brexit

What could the impact of a ‘no deal’ Brexit be for the construction industry? With...

Enforceability of an unsigned contract

A recent case, Tenon FM Ltd –v- Cawley, has highlighted the dangers to employers of...

Two years' service and unfair dismissal

Employers will be aware that unless an employee has acquired 2 years’ service, the...

Employees should be given the right to appeal

Where an employee is dismissed, the ACAS Code indicates that the employee should be given the...