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Construction : apprenticeships, the skills shortage, and the General Election

04 Dec 2019
For several years now, the construction sector has suffered from a skills shortage. Last year we reported on that shortage and the plans made by the UK government to tackle the shortage through apprenticeships. The government committed to an additional 3,000,000 apprenticeship starts across all industries in England by 2020 and from April 2017, following the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, taxpayers would no longer be funding new apprenticeships.
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Modern Methods of Construction and the General Election

04 Dec 2019
"Modern Methods of Construction", and its abbreviation "MMC", are increasingly often talked about when discussing innovation and efficiency in the construction industry. There is no fixed definition of MMC but, as indicated by the words "modern methods of construction" themselves, they encompass a wide range of new ways of designing and building construction projects faster, better, with reduced waste and greater efficiency.

BAME and the general election

04 Dec 2019
BAME = Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic. We've been hearing these terms more and more frequently over the last few years, in public discussions and in the media.  And looking at the parties' manifestos for the December 2019 election, we are seeing these terms used there too – more than they were used in the same parties' manifestos for the June 2017 elections.
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Dilapidations: an unfair result for the tenant?

04 Dec 2019
The recent Scottish case of Drum Income Plus Ltd v LS Buchanan Ltd involved a claim for dilapidations by a landlord against their former tenant for payment of the costs of repairing the leased premises at the expiry of a lease. Neither the tenant nor the landlord had carried out the work and the landlord did not offer to prove that he would carry out the works in the future.

Labour's inclusive ownership fund manifesto proposal

03 Dec 2019
The Labour Party's Manifesto includes the party's intention (which had been announced earlier), should it win the election, to require 'large companies' (not specified but is thought to be companies with more than 250 employees, although 'large companies' in other legislative contexts has a broader definition, including a combination of financial triggers) to set up 'Inclusive Ownership Funds' (IOFs).
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Registration of Overseas Entities – A lender's view

03 Dec 2019
With the announcement of the general election, the passing of the Registration of Overseas Entities Bill (Bill) has been delayed. Despite this, it is expected that whatever the outcome of the election, it is a piece of legislation that will assist in the fight against money laundering.
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Dangers of CAD images in design filings

03 Dec 2019
A recent decision of the UK's Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in Shnuggle Ltd v Munchkin, Inc & Lindam Ltd is further confirmation of the ongoing uncertainty that can attend representations on the scope of registered designs
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Construction, tax and the general election

02 Dec 2019
Tax is always focused on in parties' manifestos during elections - how else will the parties pay for the promises that they are making to the electorate? For the December 2019 election, this is no different.
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Kick-starting a housebuilding boom?

02 Dec 2019
The Liberal Democrat manifesto was the first one of the main parties to be published. It proposes, with investment from a £130bn capital infrastructure budget, to help finance a large increase in the building of social homes - 300,000 houses per year by 2024, including 100,000 new social homes for social rent each year. 
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Election focus shifts to the environment

28 Nov 2019
In the last few days the focus has shifted to the environment, both on the EU level and on the election agenda ahead of Britain's first televised debate on the election's green issues. Wednesday saw the EU Parliament elected the new von der Leyen Commission and the agenda (the Political Guidelines for Europe 2019-2024) and the headline ambitions for Europe over the next five years