Greenlead, Chung, and Mowbray on the Launch of the Foundations of the Common Law Library (1215-1914) @grahamgreenleaf

Graham Greenleaf, University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law, Philip Chung, University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law, and Andrew Mowbray, University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law have published Speaking Notes: Launch of the Foundations of the Common Law Library (1215-1914), IALS, University of London, 3 October 2018. Here is the abstract. It is now more than 800 years since the Magna Carta of 1215, soon after which English law started to document its history. In some ex-colonies of the British Empire, the common law has been…

Carrying out a reasonable investigation into a misconduct allegation – can an employer withhold evidence from a disciplinary panel? | Employment Law Blog

The case of Hargreaves v Manchester Grammar serves as a useful reminder for employers of how to carry out a reasonable investigation, particularly when the employee in question is facing potentially career changing consequences as a result of the allegations. In this case the Employment Appeal Tribunal decided that it was reasonable for the employer to withhold the evidence of potential witnesses who “had seen nothing” – the Tribunal had been entitled to make this finding and reject the employee’s claim of unfair dismissal.   Background Mr Hargreaves was employed…

Inventory clerks happy to go the extra mile despite being under pressure

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks is reminding letting agents, landlords and tenants that one of the reasons they engage its members is because they are independent. Danny Zane, chairman of the AIIC, says: “As an association we like to know what drives our members. Time and again our members tell us that they are proud of having no direct links to the landlord, agent or tenant because this allows them to carry out their job in the manner that is professional, impartial and…

Scotching Brexit? Background to the Wightman case about reversing the Article 50 notification unilaterally

Alan S. Reid, Senior Lecturer in Law, Sheffield Hallam University. The author welcomes comments on the blog at a.s.reid@shu.ac.uk As the Brexit clock ticks down, and the diametrically opposed objectives of Theresa May’s negotiating imperatives become ever more exposed, the clamour to clarify the processes and procedures surrounding Brexit intensifies. At the tail end of 2017, a group of seven Scottish politicians, from across the political spectrum and from all three legislatures for Scotland (the Scottish Parliament, the UK Parliament and the European Parliament) commenced an action in the Scottish…

UK property demands are changing: how should investors respond?

Housing needs in the UK are changing amid declining levels of home ownership and lifestyle shifts. Rather than the traditional ‘buy-and-hold’ model, residential housing needs are shifting towards developments that are built for rent and aimed towards a specific demographic who are at a particular life stage. As such, funding needs are changing to support these types of developments and this should lead investors to consider new ways of accessing the property market. For many years, the typical approach to property investing has…

Property sales in Blackpool up 17% during 2018

Famous for its iconic tower, sticks of rock and miles of golden beaches, the family favourite seaside resort also boasts some of the lowest house prices in the UK and is currently one of the UK’s hottest property markets. Housesimple looked at the latest completed property sales data recorded every month by the Land Registry, which revealed that the number of houses sold in Blackpool increased by 17% between Q2 and Q1 2018, more than any other major town or city in the UK.…

New research shows that the majority of renters have no contents insurance

The latest research from Sainsbury’s Bank Home Insurance has found that as many as 55% – some 8.4m renters, don’t have any contents insurance and are leaving themselves unprotected by having nothing in place. Of those renters who do have contents insurance, 16% take the time to compare the cost of different providers and then switch if they find a better offer. Homeowners are more proactive with 22% comparing the costs of providers and switching to a better deal. Homeowners are also savvier…

Industry set to ‘smash’ government target after new build completions see 6.4% year-on-year rise

According to the latest government statistics, new build completions accounted for 195,290 of supply in 2017-18 in the year to April – a rise of 6.4%. The figures also reveal that housing supply in England has increased to 222,190 during the period – up 78% in five years. The Home Builders Federation welcomed the stastics and said that, with housing supply totaling 629,000 over the past three years, the industry was set to “smash” the target set by the government to build 1…