This month we report on three new internal appointments to associate, and the recruitment of a senior solicitor in the growing area of contentious trusts, wills and probate. These are all further positive months as the firm continues to grow and develop its areas of practice. 

We also bring you the latest news relating to employment and commercial matters. In particular, we draw your attention to the deadline of April 2016, when the new national living wage comes into force and the creation of new statutory registers of Persons with Significant Control ("PSC Registers") becomes compulsory for every UK private company and most UK public companies.

Tim Halstead
Managing Partner, Shulmans LLP
New promotions and appointment at Shulmans

We are delighted to announce that three of our solicitors within our commercial dispute resolution team have now been promoted to associate.

Shulmans advises on MBO of £12m-turnover business

Corporate partner Emma Greenwood provided legal advice in the management buy-out (MBO) of Yorkshire Repak, a £12m-turnover business.

Shulmans strengthens its construction team

The Shulmans construction team has recently grown, with the addition of a new solicitor, Jayne Smiles.

Shulmans helps create ‘health hub’ in Bramley

The Shulmans commercial property team, headed by Partner Simon Jackson, has played a pivotal role in the expansion of Manor Park Surgery in Bramley, Leeds.

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Employers budget for new national living wage from 1 April 2016

Employers are assessing the impact of, and planning for the new national living wage of £7.20 per hour for employees aged 25 or over, from 1 April 2016.

Acas publishes guidance on legal highs in the workplace

Employers will welcome a new Acas guide on dealing with legal highs in the workplace.

Limited companies must have new statutory PSC Register from April

Limited companies need to make enquiries of their members to ensure they are ready to enter accurate and complete information in a new, mandatory statutory register of Persons with Significant Control (PSCs) from April.

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Supreme Court clarifies when terms will be implied into commercial contracts

A tenant required to pay quarterly rent in advance before exercising a break clause to end the lease had no implied right to repayment of the part of the rent relating to the period after the lease ended, the Supreme Court has ruled.

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Can employers instruct employees to speak English at work?

Employers should ensure that instructions to employees to speak in English at work are justified by the circumstances, and are not linked to their race or national origin, a ruling makes clear.

Employers' rights to read employees' electronic communications

Employers may monitor employees' private communications at work only if it achieves a legitimate aim, is limited in scope and is proportionate, following a ruling from the European Court of Human Rights.

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Absolute discretion – just like an Option?

Developers often enter into contracts to purchase land subject to “Satisfactory Planning Permission”. Should it be just left for the developer to decide whether a planning permission is “satisfactory” for these purposes? Rosemary Edwards, head of residential development services at Shulmans, discusses the issues.

Are secretly-recorded conversations privileged in legal disputes?
A managing director who secretly recorded conversations with two business people for the purpose of using them in a legal dispute against their former employer, has been ordered by the High Court to disclose the recordings to the former employer.
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