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  • Keeping tenants safe

    07 June 2013

    In an article for Inside Housing, Paul Hayes encourages landlords to be aware of changes to the definition of domestic violence. Earlier this year, the government widened the definition of domestic violence to include violence, abuse and controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour of anyone over the age of 16, regardless of gender or sexuality.

  • Association of Partnership Practitioners AGM

    28 May 2013

    Fergus Payne, Joint Head of our Partnerships and LLP team, recently spoke at the APP (Association of Partnership Practitioners) AGM. A synopsis of his pre-dinner speech was included in the most recent APP newsletter and is available to read in this article.

  • Flexible working - the backlash

    23 May 2013

    In a Financial Times article, Russell Brimelow discusses Flexible Working and how often some employers don’t realise they have health and safety obligations if staff are working from home. Not only does technology need to be safe, but the working environment needs to be as risk-free as practicable too.

  • How To: sever a partnership

    20 May 2013

    In a Law Society Gazette article, Fergus Payne stresses the importance of studying the partnership or members’ agreement when looking to sever a partnership.

  • LLPs to face NI contribution hike in move to clamp down on taxing self-employed staff

    17 May 2013

    Commenting in a Legal Week article, Clive Greenwood talks about the need for clarification surrounding the definition of Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) when discussing the National Insurance Contributions Bill. The Bill, which was formally announced in the Queen's Speech on 8 May, would remove the presumption of self-employment for LLP members from April 2014.

  • Big yourself up

    17 May 2013

    In an article for Building magazine, Alex Kelham discusses a government initiative that allows suppliers of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to promote certain work they undertook.

  • Weapons of mass eviction

    17 May 2013

    In an article for Inside Housing, Paul Hayes discusses increasing rent arrears and the Registered Providers who are using mandatory grounds for possession. The rising rent arrears are a result of welfare reform. In a bid to defend their income, housing associations are increasingly considering the use of mandatory grounds for possession and, last year, social landlords filed 96,742 possession claims in the county courts.

  • Lewis Silkin advises London-listed Bushveld Minerals on takeover offer to acquire Lemur Resources

    13 May 2013

    Lewis Silkin has advised its client Bushveld Minerals Limited (AIM:BMN) on its intention to make an off-market takeover offer to acquire all of the ordinary shares in Lemur Resources Limited (ASX:LMR). The Lewis Silkin team was led by Corporate Finance partner Nadim Khan, alongside senior associate Ian McDonald.

  • IntApp announce UK win with Lewis Silkin

    07 May 2013

    Legal IT Insider have covered Lewis Silkin's implementation of the new IntApp Open system, which is designed to streamline new client review and accelerate new matter inception. Jan Durant has also commented on why the firm decided to implement the new platform. Lewis Silkin previously implemented IntApp product, Time Builder, two years ago and partnered with IntApp on its new business acceptance initiative in 2012.

  • International outlook of trainees threatened

    01 May 2013

    In an article for Lawyer2B, Raj Shah discusses how changes in immigration policy are making it increasingly difficult for firms to recruit immigrants as trainee solicitors. Until recently, international students could switch from the Tier 4 student migrant category to the Tier 2 category. However, changes to the Immigration Rules mean that students cannot switch from Tier 4 to Tier 2 unless they have passed a UK-recognised bachelor or master’s degree or attained certain awards in education.

  • What are your work perks?

    01 May 2013

    In an Evening Standard article, Lewis Silkin has been included in the list of 'London's perkiest offices'. The article details the firm's commitment to ensure that working parents are able to socialise with colleagues through the regular “tea at three” afternoon events. The firm's beehives are also mentioned, which last year made 75 pots of honey.

  • Can brands benefit from an ad ban?

    25 April 2013

    As US retailer American Apparel fell foul of the Advertising Standards Authority for the third time this year after using overtly sexual imagery earlier this month, Geraint Lloyd-Taylor warns that whilst some brands may see benefit from seeing their campaigns banned, there are serious consequences.

  • Banks drop off IsdaFix panel amid rate-rigging probes

    23 April 2013

    Comments made by Owen Watkins concerning bank withdrawal from the ISDAFIX Panel, which sets the benchmark for the $379 trillion swaps market, have been published in numerous online publications.

  • To be(lly putt) or not to be(lly putt), that is the question

    22 April 2013

    Alexander Milner-Smith and Richard Berry discuss the legality of belly putters in golf in light of Adam Scott’s victory in the Masters last weekend. The two ruling bodies of golf, the US Golf Association (USGA) in the USA and the Royal and Ancient (R&A) everywhere else, had already announced prior to last week’s tournament that they propose to ban players anchoring putters to their bodies from the beginning of 2016.

  • Thorny problems

    17 April 2013

    In an article for Taxation magazine, Sara Cohen discusses the Office of Tax Simplification's proposals for unapproved share schemes.

  • Regulatory revolving door spins ever faster

    15 April 2013

    In an article for Financial News, Owen Watkins discusses the trend of financial institutions appointing former senior regulatory figures to their executive ranks. This 'revolving door' between large financial firms and the regulators that oversee them has drawn criticism from quarters who believe that such moves highlight the flawed relationship between regulator and the regulated, but Owen believes that such moves merely demonstrate that regulated firms are serious about reversing past errors, and are keen hire those most knowledgeable regarding regulatory developments.

  • Banks drop off IsdaFix panel amid rate-rigging probes

    15 April 2013

    In a Bloomberg article, Owen Watkins discusses why banks are leaving the panel that sets ISDAFix, the benchmark for the $379 trillion swaps market, as regulators probe suspected manipulation of the rate.

  • Digital product placement creates adverts out of thin air

    09 April 2013

    In an article for the BBC, Philip Hughes discusses digital product placement and warns that "ensuring legal compliance across multiple jurisdictions can be expensive, risky and time-consuming," and may outweight the benefit of any such activity.

  • Beware of lodgers' rights

    05 April 2013

    In an article for Inside Housing, Paul Hayes encourages landlords to be aware of laws concerning lodgers as the under-occupation charge, or ‘bedroom tax’, came into effect on 1 April.

  • Lewis Silkin cuts reporting time by two days a month with innovative database solution

    04 April 2013

    In a Microsoft case study, Finance Systems Manager Michael Turner discusses the various reports, charts and graphs that are produced each month in order to allow senior managers to analyse performance. Wanting to simplify the creation of reports and increase the quality of data produced, the firm decided to implement a database solution based on Microsoft SQL Server 2012. As a result of this new product, the finance team now saves up to two days a month on management reporting and partners can track financial metrics and staff performance in real time.

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