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11 pipers piping: How does MEES differ in Scotland?

Published on 15 December 2017. By Johanna Hall, Senior Associate

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It's day eleven of our festive blog series: The origins of the piping pipers may not be firmly rooted in Scotland, but they brought to our minds thoughts of bagpipes, and other things that are found north of the border. The Scottish were first to implement their energy efficiency regulations but now the English and Welsh are not far behind, with MEES coming into force early next year: what will the differences between the systems be?

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10 Lords a-Leaping

Published on 14 December 2017.

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It's day 10 of our blog series: The House of Lords was once the court of last resort for most cases heard in the UK. However, in 2009 those Law Lords leapt into the 21st Century and rebranded themselves as the Supreme Court of Justice.

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9 Ladies Dancing: The Mayor of London protects the night-time economy

Published on 13 December 2017. By Caroline Bywater, Head of Planning

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The Mayor of London published supplementary planning guidance last month, aiming to protect and enhance cultural venues across the capital and promote the night-time economy, and the draft revised London Plan could put this on a policy footing.

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8 Maids A-Milking: Milking the Consumer during the Festive Period

Published on 12 December 2017. By Johanna Hall, Senior Associate

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This article explores what's going on in the retail industry to draw in shoppers at this crucial time of year.

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FIDIC Rainbow Suite: Second Editions unveiled

Published on 12 December 2017. By Christina Cheriyan, Associate and Sarah Newby, Trainee Solicitor

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18 years after the publication of the original editions, FIDIC released its Second Edition Red (Construction), Yellow (Plant and Design Build) and Silver Books (EPC / Turnkey Projects) at the FIDIC Users' Conference in London last week. The philosophy behind the revised contracts is greater clarity and transparency with an emphasis on avoiding disputes and quickly resolving them when they do arise. We highlight some of the key changes within this note.

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7 Swans-a-Swimming: new regulations are there to protect them

Published on 11 December 2017. By Caroline Bywater, Head of Planning

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It's day seven of our festive blog series: The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 have come into effect. What do they say for the likes of our swimming swans?

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6 Geese A-Laying: The Significance of laying the Golden Brick

Published on 08 December 2017. By Johanna Hall, Senior Associate

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What does the term "Golden Brick" mean, who uses it and why? In this article we explore the usefulness of the golden brick, the formalities which determine whether it applies and alternative approaches.

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5 gold rings: a sensible way of paying for your Christmas shopping?

Published on 07 December 2017. By Caroline Bywater, Head of Planning

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It's day five of our festive blog series: Gold is rare as a payment form these days, and cash is becoming increasingly so. Whilst retailers and consumers are embracing cashless payments, they are not without their risks.

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4 Calling Birds – it's good to talk…

Published on 06 December 2017.

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How will the new electronic communications code affect telecoms providers?

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3 French hens: are too many of our house-building eggs in their baskets?

Published on 05 December 2017. By Caroline Bywater, Head of Planning

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We couldn't pass up the opportunity to mention Brexit – its potential impact on the rate at which we are building out new homes has been in the news a lot recently, with fears over the loss of foreign workers and slowdown across the economy.

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