Posted: Author: Peter Kershaw

Further planning reforms on the horizon as DCLG continues key negotiations with Treasury ahead of Government’s forthcoming Spending Review!

On Thursday our Paris Smith Planning team attended a key Planning conference with guest speaker Sue Lovelock, the Deputy Director of Planning for Development Management at the Department for Communities and Local Government. The message from the DCLG was that the fast pace of planning reforms that have taken place over the past 5 years… Read more »

Posted: Author: Gemma Robinson

Modern Slavery Statement to be produced by large organisations- ACT NOW

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 consolidates current offences relating to trafficking and slavery, but it also criminalises aiding, abetting or procuring forced labour or human trafficking. However, large employers need to be alert to the introduction of Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, where there will be a requirement to publish a ‘slavery… Read more »

Posted: Author: Gemma Robinson

Shared Parental Leave extending to Grandparents

As if Shared Parental Leave (SPL) wasn’t complicated enough, on 5 October 2015 the Chancellor announced that the SPL provisions will be extended to working grandparents. The Government aims to consult on the detail of these changes during the first half of 2016, with implementation by 2018. This will only apply to working grandparents as… Read more »

Posted: Author: Emily Sadler

Consumer Law Reform – Part 2

The centrepiece of the UK’s consumer law reform programme – the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (“CRA”), became law on 1 October 2015. The CRA consolidates and updates an existing framework of consumer law that has, up until now, been contained in over 100 separate pieces of legislation. As our introductory bulletin set out last week,… Read more »