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Blog archive: July, 2014

Sustainable building makes sense, financially too

Construction costs will fall if companies build in a sustainable way was one of the key messages to emerge from the recent Real Estate Around London seminar held at the iconic BRE Innovation Park in Watford, the world’s first building science centre. The BRE Innovation Park is itself home to sustainable buildings made from innovative low carbon materials. …

Sustainable building makes sense, financially too

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Welcome clarification – litigators and clients need to worry less

New procedural rules were introduced in England in April 2013. The rules provide for more hands-on case management by judges and stricter enforcement of time limits. As with anything new, there was some trial and error and the law of unintended consequences came into effect. A decision regarded as draconian by most litigators in the …

Welcome clarification – litigators and clients need to worry less

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Deductions from Wages In Retail – Getting it Right

In the second of a series of retail law blog posts looking at legal matters of particular interest to the retail sector, our employment team focuses on making deductions from wages. Workers in the retail sector are among the lowest paid in the country. In our last retail post, we looked at the National Minimum Wage in the retail …

Deductions from Wages In Retail – Getting it Right

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Commonwealth Games Business Conference: Sherrards invited to attend with the PM

I was privileged to be invited by the UK Government to the two-day Commonwealth Games Business Conference in Glasgow this week, in what has been a very impressive showcase for Scotland and the UK.  And imagine my delight when I discovered that I was the only lawyer in attendance – that’s definitely one to tell the …

Commonwealth Games Business Conference: Sherrards invited to attend with the PM

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Sherrards’ property client nominated for regional award

Sherrards property client, Townstone Ltd announced this week that they have been nominated for a St Albans Civic Society Award. The Awards celebrate imaginative development and design initiatives, which contribute to the life and image of the city. Townstone received the nomination in respect of their conversion of a locally listed, former care home within …

Sherrards’ property client nominated for regional award

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Can shop workers refuse to work on a Sunday?

In the third of our series of post outlining matters of particular interest to the retail sector, we consider the right of workers to refuse to work on a Sunday. In the Days of Old Some of us can still remember the days when shops all used to close on Sundays and those shops that stayed …

Can shop workers refuse to work on a Sunday?

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Housing boom or gloom? Construction industry must keep up

The UK housing market is booming! Across Britain, house prices rose at their fastest rate in over nine years and in June, it was announced that house prices were up 11.8% over the previous twelve months, now surpassing the peak reached at the height of the 2007 bubble. As house builders seek to take advantage of …

Housing boom or gloom? Construction industry must keep up

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The “Cabinet Catwalk” and dress code in the workplace

The recent reshuffle in David Cameron’s Cabinet has brought out the best and worst of the Press. As an example of the “worst” is the focus on the clothes of the new female Cabinet members, and the references to a “Cabinet Catwalk”. Twitter has been buzzing with comments about how unfair this is, and how …

The “Cabinet Catwalk” and dress code in the workplace

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The London Office Space Problem

In June 2014 it was announced that London’s West End had retained its title as the world’s most expensive location for office space for a second consecutive year. Occupational costs per square foot in the London submarket were 14% higher than the next most expensive, Hong Kong. As the economy recovers, the commercial property team at Sherrards …

The London Office Space Problem

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The Summer property slowdown – what’s causing the delays?

As I was fortunate enough to feature in last week’s Sunday Times, I thought I would share my thoughts on the property market and what’s going on in the average property chain in London. As I mentioned, it would seem that a summer property slowdown is upon us. After the surge of property transactions over the …

The Summer property slowdown – what’s causing the delays?

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