Is Section 40 of the Equality Act due a comeback? | Employment Law Blog

Section 40 of the Equality Act 2010 (EqA 2010) rendered employers liable to employees if they were subjected to harassment by third parties during the course of their work and if – despite knowing harassment had occurred on two previous occasions – the employer had not taken reasonable steps to stop it happening again. Some referred to this as the ‘three strikes’ rule.   As CBI director-general Carolyn Fairbairn explained in her recent speech to the Fawcett Society, most employers already believe they have a duty to protect their staff from…

Law & Humanities Blog: Delahunty on Commonwealth and Commodity: Shakespeare’s “King John”

Robert J. Delahunty, University of St. Thomas School of Law, is publishing Commonwealth and Commodity: Shakespeare’s ‘King John’ in the Journal of Catholic Legal Studies. Here is the abstract. Shakespeare increasingly, and deservedly, enjoys the reputation of being a political thinker of the first rank. In his King John (ca. 1595) — one of his most infrequently performed and unappreciated plays — Shakespeare uses a twelfth century crisis over King John’s right to succeed to the Crown as a vehicle for exploring the subtle interplay of law, custom and power…

In the Spotlight with Ben Davis

We caught up with Ben Davis, Chief Executive, Propertyheads PR: How did you get into the property industry? BD: I’ve been in and around property from a young age – my dad was a builder and much later on became a landlord. Some of my earliest memories are of “helping” him out on various renovation projects in the school holidays. My mum worked in the planning department at the local council. I started my career in finance, but even then I was never…

What are the UK’s most popular home improvements? | What are the UK’s most popular home improvements?

We are indeed a nation of DIY and home improvement addicts. And, according to a new survey from GoCompare Home Insurance, painting, flooring and a bathroom makeover are the most popular projects to get our teeth stuck into. According to the data, 68% of the work is undertaken to improve a property’s general appearance rather than essential maintenance 38%. Energy efficiency improvements featured strongly in the list including installing a new boiler or central heating system and improving insulation. Top 10 home improvements…

Auction House London celebrate its largest ever sale

Auction House London has seen the biggest catalogue in its history go under the hammer, raising over £15m and achieving a success rate of 73%. This month saw fierce bidding at the auction room with particular interest from prospective buyers for a seriously fire damaged property in Harlesden, London. The three bedroom Victorian mid terrace house in Tubbs Road which also had structural problems sold for more than double its guide price of £275,000 at £570,000. Andrew Binstock, Director and Auctioneer at Auction…

Surge of landlords screening potential tenants via social media

Newly released data from Foundation Home Loans has revealed that savvy landlords are switching to social media to screen tenants before letting them live in their property. According to the findings, popular sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram could reveal valuable insight into how they would be as tenants and is the first port of call for an estimated 11% of landlords. Depending on the accounts available, information that could be gathered from social media could include everything from job and…

Further calls for the government to reform rental deposits

According to a new study, almost half of renters want deposits ditched and replaced with low-cost insurance policies – as a both a leading think tank and the consumer group Which? call for the government to reform rental deposits. A YouGov survey has revealed that 43% of renters would prefer to rent deposit free with deposit protection insurance to forking out more than £1000 for a traditional deposit. 71% of readers of a national newspaper also backed deposit-free renting in an online poll.…

Vouch celebrates early success with new signings

New referencing app, Vouch, has announced that it has experienced a surge in letting agents and landlords using its platform, with recent new client wins including multiple branches of Belvoir and Northwood, Morgan Randall, Regal Lettings, Lenwell and Sotheby’s Realty. The company estimates that is has saved letting agents and landlords £1m on tenant reference checks within 10 months of launching. Vouch automates much of the referencing process and estimates savings of up to 85% against the cost of a typical reference. Vouch…

Crushing terrorism online – or curtailing free speech? The proposed EU Regulation on online terrorist content

Professor Lorna Woods, University of Essex On 12th September 2018, the Commission published a proposal for a regulation (COM(2018) 640 final) aiming to require Member States to require certain internet intermediaries to take proactive if not pre-emptive action against terrorist content on line as well as to ensure that state actors have the necessary capacity to take action against such illegal content. It is described as “[a] contribution from the European Commission to the Leaders’ meeting in Salzburg on 19-20 September 2018”. The proposal is a development from existing voluntary…