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General Data Protection Act - Time to start planning

Thursday, 12 October 2017
Nigel Tillott, Head of Employment and Regulatory Law at Davies and Partners Solicitors looks at General Data Protection Regulations which are due to come into force on 25th May 2018. Businesses are being urged to start preparing for the Regulations now and Nigel explains why. Read the article here    

Blockchain in the Construction Industry

Wednesday, 04 October 2017
For those who have never heard of a blockchain, or have little to no idea what they do, they can be simply described as a database stored in many places (rather than just one location) which chronologically and securely records data. Whilst that may sound very ‘techy’ and far removed from the bricks and mortar world of construction, this technology could potentially change the way that projects are procured and administered, and lead to higher…

Bovis Homes Outsources its Legal Services to Davies and Partners Solicitors

Monday, 25 September 2017
Bovis Homes, one of the UK's leading housebuilders, has reached agreement to outsource its legal requirements to Davies and Partners Solicitors, cementing the firm’s reputation as a leading player in Residential Land Acquisition and Development. Davies and Partners has offices in Gloucester, Birmingham, Bristol and London and has a long-held national reputation for its expertise in residential land and property development services. Following the agreement with Bovis Homes, Davies and Partners will now undertake Bovis…

Tragic amputation inspires young lawyer to help others

Monday, 25 September 2017
A young lawyer from Davies and Partners Solicitors in Gloucester, who lost her leg following a road traffic accident, is using her own experiences of battling through life changing injuries, to help support others who have been injured, as she will shortly become a specialist personal Injury and medical negligence lawyer.   Annabelle Turner, 27 from Gloucester, lost her leg half way through the final year of her undergraduate law degree, following a road traffic…

Construction contracts: Clear the way for sectional completion

Monday, 04 September 2017
A recent case in the Technology and Construction Court is a reminder of the need for clear descriptions of work sections in construction contracts. Vinci applied for a declaration that terms relating to sectional completion and delay damages in an amended NEC subcontract (amended by a settlement agreement) were valid and enforceable.The judge found that the subcontract drawings (for baggage handling related works at Gatwick Airport) did not contain sufficient information to identify the works…

Davies and Partners Solicitors Advise Lioncourt Strategic Land in Major Bellway Homes Deal

Monday, 14 August 2017
Davies and Partners’ specialist Land, Acquisition and Development Department has acted for Lioncourt Strategic Land in the sale of over 34 acres of land at Tidbury Green in Solihull to Bellway Homes.   The firm’s Managing Partner in Birmingham, David Stokes, who heads up the Land and Development team originally acted for Lioncourt on the negotiation of a promotion agreement with the landowners before agreeing to also act on the sale of the land to…

Another successful Gloucester 10K Race Sponsored by Davies and Partners

Friday, 14 July 2017
Sunday 9 July saw another successful Gloucester 10K Race which was once again sponsored and organised by a Gloucester office's Managing Partner Nigel Tillott and a dedicated team at Davies and Partners' Gloucester office.   Also joining the firm as main sponsors this year was E G Carter & Co Ltd who also designed the free running top that each runner received when they'd completed the race.     The theme this year was the Gloucester…

Promotion Agreements: A Guide for Property Professionals

Wednesday, 14 June 2017
  SEMINAR - Thursday 22nd June 2017, Gloucester Office. Davies and Partners' Land team is holding a seminar on Promotion Agreements at its Gloucester Offices, on Thursday 22nd June 2017.   The Seminar is designed for developers, agents and other property professionals and will provide property professionals with a practical understanding of Promotion Agreements.   Areas covered will include: Entering into a Promotion Agreement by mistake (and how to avoid it) How does a Promotion Agreement work? VAT…

Slipping off the couch

Thursday, 18 May 2017
A Technology and Construction Court judgment of 11 May 2017 is a salutary reminder of the need to consider how to couch requests for amendments to adjudicators’ decisions under the slip rule.   A Contractor applied for summary judgment for the enforcement of an adjudication decision. The Defendant responded that the adjudicator had failed to apply the rules of natural justice, rendering the decision unenforceable. The Contractor successfully argued that the court did not need…

Davies and Partners Assist in International Business Transactions

Wednesday, 10 May 2017
The Corporate team in the Birmingham Office at Davies and Partners Solcitors has advised a Hong Kong listed Corporate Investor in its recent investment in a UK Manufacturing Company.   The Corporate team lead by Legal Director David Robinson, provided legal support for the Investor including a Due Diligence exercise on the business of the Target company, reporting to the Investor accordingly. Commenting, David said, “We were delighted to have played such a pivotal role…

Acquiring a UK business

Friday, 05 May 2017
There are no restrictions on foreign ownership of UK businesses. If the acquiring business already has a presence in the UK it may be necessary to notify the Competition and Markets Authority under the Competition and Merger Control rules, depending on the market share of each party involved.   When acquiring a UK business the buyer should, as one of the first steps, consider the structure, the tax consequences and how the acquisition is to…

A Redevelopment of Business Rates

Thursday, 09 March 2017
It is fair to say that the subject of business rates has taken the UK property world by storm in the recent weeks. It would probably be a little far-fetched to say that business rates have captured the imagination of the wider public but the discussion has certainly been opened up, leading to the Chancellor’s recent budget announcing £300m available for business rates relief. It is therefore timely that the case of Newbigin (Valuation Officer)…

Enterprise Management Incentives (EMI) Options Overview

Friday, 24 February 2017
EMI Options are enterprise management incentives. They are a type of employee share option offered by small trading companies to incentivise its employees.   EMI options enjoy favourable tax treatment. They can be granted under a set of plan rules or a stand alone agreement.   There are certain statutory requirements which need to be fulfilled if the option is going to enjoy the favourable tax treatment. Which Companies Can Grant EMI Options  If a…

Beware the VAT trap

Friday, 17 February 2017
VAT trap– in a recent case it was held that supplies of construction services for a new dwelling before retrospective planning permission was granted could not be zero rated. Please click here for further details from our construction unit.

Brexit: What will happen to EU Legislation implemented in the UK?

Wednesday, 18 January 2017
On 16 January 2017, the House of Commons published a briefing paper on the practical implications of EU law currently implemented in the UK. The referendum vote in favour of Brexit has affected all arenas of social, political and economic life and this is all before invoking Article 50. We have seen the rise and fall in the strength of the pound, the rise of hate crime and the fall of jobs. With this current…

Commercial Space in London 2017: Negotiation Points for Tenants

Monday, 16 January 2017
If you picked any two investors, developers or agents in London and asked them whether they thought demand for commercial space would increase or decrease, you could get two different answers. As lawyers, we can’t hypothesise about what may or may not happen but we can advise on the associated legal options available for tenants before entering into a lease.   Increase in DemandAn increase in demand will inevitably lead to rents rising, meaning higher…

No Notice, no damages - Report on recent adjudication

Monday, 19 December 2016
Davies and Partners Construction Team report on a recent adjudication which arose out of a project for the construction of residential and retail units in London WC2.   Whenever time is extended, consideration should be given to whether any/a further certificate of non-completion should be issued. In a judgment dated 15 December 2016, Mrs Justice Jefford held that under a JCT Intermediate Form of Contract 2011, the Employer could not recover liquidated (delay) damages.    …

First Director to be Disqualified by the Competition and Markets Authority

Thursday, 08 December 2016
Daniel Aston, managing director of Trod Ltd (“Trod”) became the first director to be disqualified by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) after having been found to infringe competition law. The power to make such disqualification has been held by the CMA since 20 June 2003, but this is the first time that the power has been exercised, showing the CMA’s commitment to pursue companies and individuals for infringing competition law. The CMA’s PowersCompetition…

Davies and Partners Sponsors Believe in Gloucester Awards for 4th year

Wednesday, 30 November 2016
For the fourth year running, Davies and Partners Solicitors in Gloucester sponsored “The Business of the Year” category at the prestigious Believe in Gloucester Awards which took place at an awards dinner held at the Kingsholm Stadium recently.   The Business of the Year award was won by Tyler Grange, a local ecology, arboriculture and landscape planning company, who have been operating for the last six years in Gloucester and now have five offices across…

New Pre-Action Protocol on Construction and Engineering Disputes

Thursday, 10 November 2016
9 November 2016 saw the introduction of the new Pre-Action Protocol on Construction and Engineering Disputes. There are numerous changes, the most significant being the introduction of a referee to assist the process, at a price. The new protocol and referee procedure may be viewed at: http://www.tecsa.org.uk/pre-action-protocol-pap If you would like to discuss this or any other Construction issues please contact our Construction team or email jan.grimshaw@daviesandpartners.com  

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