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May 2017

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    Power To The Telecom Operators

    There have been vast changes in the world of digital technology over the last 30 years and the current legislation is widely regarded as outdated. As part of the Digital Economy Bill which received Royal Assent in April, the existing Code governing the relationship between landowners and telecoms operators is set to be updated with a new Electronics Communication Code. Ofcom are currently carrying out a consultation with the industry which will close on 2nd June and the Code will come into force on a date to be decided. In the meantime it is the existing Code that regulates telecoms equipment.
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    Delay Or Frustrate The Mediation Process At Your Peril!

    The Court of Appeal in Thakkar v Patel has recently revisited the issue of whether it is reasonable for parties to refuse to mediate and what the costs consequences will be. In this case Lord Justice Jackson issued the stark warning to parties in litigation that “in a case where bilateral negotiations fail but mediation is obviously appropriate, it behoves both parties to get on with it”.
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    Duty Of Care In Sport Report

    The independent report into the Duty of Care sport has towards its participants, at both elite and grassroots level, was published by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport on 21 April.
  • 09

    Chariots Of Fire 2017

    On your marks, get set and register for Chariots of Fire 2017 in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK
  • 03

    Mees Regulations 2015 And The Challenges For Landlords

    With less than 11 months to go until the MEES Regulations take effect, landlords of commercial premises should start (if they haven’t already) reviewing the energy efficiency of their let properties to ensure they are not caught by the Regulations come 1st April 2018. From this date, landlords will be prohibited from granting new leases or renewing existing leases where the property has an energy efficiency rating of an 'F' or 'G'. In addition, from 1 April 2023 any lease granted before 1 April 2018 which continues beyond 1 April 2023 will be prohibited if the rating is an 'F' or 'G'.
  • 03

    Charities Welcome Consultation On Deferred Pension Debt Arrangements

    In response to its call for evidence on employer debt regime discussed here, the DWP has published draft regulations which, if implemented, will introduce a new ‘deferred debt arrangement’.
  • 03

    Charity Disposals (A Lesson In How Not To)

    Trustees have an overriding obligation to act in the best interests of their charity. How they address that is often for them to decide save for: the need to show how decisions were reached; that due diligence was properly carried out (with expert reports and advice where necessary); and that conflicts of interest were considered and addressed.
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    Charity Finance Group Publishes New Edition Of ‘Navigating The Charity Pensions Maze’

    The Charity Finance Group has updated its report on ‘Navigating the Charity Pensions Maze’ which offers practical guidance to help charities navigate pension issues.