House price surge is not over, experts say

Prospective buyers will be disappointed by an updated house price forecast from Savills, which suggests that house prices are set to rise by 9% this year – up from its March forecast of 4%. A combination of factors is thought to be behind the upward revision, including the Stamp Duty holiday extension, historically low mortgage […]

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Ban on religious dress upheld by the European Court of Justice

A recent ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) held that an employer can have a neutral dress policy preventing workers from wearing any political, philosophical or religious signs. Achbita v G4S Secure Solutions In this case, the employer had a neutral dress policy in place, this meant that employees were not able to […]

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Government’s new First Homes programme

A new scheme introduced by the government last month is a bid to further boost the housing market as well as filling the quota for affordable housing that needs to be factored in for every new major residential development site. This scheme takes the form of offering homes discounted by a minimum of 30% its […]

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Tenant victorious in landmark retail rent case

A High Court judge has decided that the rent of a Central London textile dealership, S Franses, should be set at £102,000 per annum under its new lease – less than half of the £220,000 the company was paying before its previous lease expired in 2016. The judge also ordered the landlord, the Cavendish Hotel, […]

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Is whistleblowing law inadequate?

Wednesday 23 June 2021 marked World Whistleblower’s Day, an event designed to raise public awareness of whistleblowers’ rights and the importance of standing up against malpractice and wrongdoing in the workplace. During the coronavirus pandemic, the importance of whistleblowing came to the fore, with a lack of adherence to health and safety regulations having potentially […]

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PM faces calls to end ‘predatory marriage’

Labour MP Fabian Hamilton has once again drawn attention to the issue of ‘predatory marriage’ in the UK, following a failed Private Members Bill in 2018. At Prime Minister’s Questions on 9 June 2021, he described these types of marriages as a “cruel exploitation”, and called for an update to the “19th century” marriage legislation […]

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