This month we feature our new Head of Operational Excellence, Mel Bulmer. This is an entirely new role, to support our drive for excellence.

We also bring you the latest news across a number of areas, including employment, contracts and rights of way over land. In particular, we outline the significant changes in company law coming into force now and over the next few years, and which businesses and organisations should prepare for.

Tim Halstead
Managing Partner, Shulmans LLP
Shulmans appoints Head of Operational Excellence

Shulmans has made a key appointment that supports the firm’s continued drive for excellence in service delivery.

Shulmans in the news
Rosemary Edwards, who heads our residential development services, has recently published an article in the Housing Association Yearbook, in which she examines issues which arise when acquiring development land or selling new-build units.
Companies preparing for significant company law changes
Companies have been preparing for significant changes to company law from April 2015 through to 2017, by checking which parts of the new law apply to them, when each rule is due to come into force and what they need to do now.
Contractual warranties must be crystal clear to avoid disputes
Parties to a contract containing warranties should ensure the scope of the warranties, and any conditions on claims for breach - including time limits and the contents of any notice claiming there has been a breach - are clear and unambiguous, following a High Court ruling.
Employees must show 'public interest' or they are not protected under whistleblowing law
Employers faced with a worker alleging they have made a 'protected disclosure' under whistleblowing law should consider whether the disclosure is in the public interest.
Court clarifies when signage can stop third parties acquiring rights of way over land
Landowners can prevent third parties claiming rights to use their land by using visible, clearly worded signs prohibiting such use, even if those signs are ignored, a Court has ruled.
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Failure to terminate in the way specified in the contract made termination invalid
Parties giving notice under a contract should ensure they stick precisely to the notice provisions in the contract, or obtain a formal waiver and consent to some other way of giving notices, the High Court has confirmed.
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Foreign companies should sign contracts in accordance with their own law
UK companies entering a contract with a non-UK company should ensure the contract is executed by the foreign company in accordance with the law of its own country, even if the contract is governed by the laws of England & Wales, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
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Employer does not necessarily have to make adjustments sought by disabled employee
Employers considering adjustments for a disabled employee must act reasonably, but that does not mean they automatically have to accept that what the employee wants is reasonable.
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