Two of our associates, Andrew Brockett and Helen Hill, recently delivered a seminar at the International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC) European Retail Property School in Frankfurt on "the legal aspects and implications of commercialisation in shopping centres".

We are keeping up the momentum and have a busy schedule of events planned over the next 12 months – check out our seminars and events programme below. Please let us know if you would like to attend any of our events (we would also love to hear from you if you have any suggestions for future seminars – perhaps on a subject that directly affects you or your business).

Tim Halstead
Managing Partner, Shulmans LLP
The legal aspects and implications of commercialisation in shopping centres

In July, Associate Solicitors Andrew Brockett (Commercial Property) and Helen Hill (Property Litigation) attended the International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC)’s European Retail Property School in Frankfurt, where they presented a full-morning seminar on the legal aspects and implications of commercialisation in shopping centres to a room of European real estate managers and professionals.

Success and recognition for Shulmans
We are again in the running in three categories at this year's Yorkshire Legal Awards: 'Law Firm of the Year (11-30 Partners)', 'Commercial Property', and 'Rising Star' (Head of Insolvency & Credit Management Services Mark Wilkinson). Over the years, our expertise and experience have been recognised through a number of accolades that we have won, or for which we have been shortlisted.
New seminars and events for 2015-2016
The next 12 months will be a busy period for Shulmans, as we will be hosting and taking part in a quite a number of events and seminars.
Government planning policy quashed

West Berkshire District Council and Reading Borough Council have successfully quashed the government policy on affordable housing requirements for small-scale development and vacant building credit in a case determined by the High Court.

The green belt dilemma
In their manifesto, the new Conservative government promised 200,000 new starter homes and 275,000 additional affordable homes by 2020, which is a rather ambitious plan. They also promised to protect the green belt.
Unclear adviser engagement letter reaches Court of Appeal but adviser loses success fee claim

Companies should ensure that engagement letters with advisers clearly and unambiguously specify the circumstances in which the adviser's fees, including success fees, are payable – and do not use different words to mean the same thing – or risk ending up in an expensive court battle.

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Court follows new approach to interpreting commercial contracts

Businesses should note the courts' current approach to interpreting contractual clauses, and take great care in negotiating and agreeing commercial terms to avoid ambiguity.

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Supreme Court changes approach to interpreting commercial contracts

Businesses disputing the meaning of clauses in commercial contracts may find the courts uphold the terms, even if they are commercially disastrous, following a Supreme Court decision.

Acas issues new guides on discrimination

Employers will welcome three new guides from Acas to help them comply with discrimination laws.

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Consultation on new 'living wage'

Employers will welcome the opportunity to comment on proposals for a new 'living wage' to replace the national minimum wage.

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