April 2014


Early Warning for Commercial Landlords
The energy efficiency of Britain’s buildings has been the subject of much criticism in recent years. In 2009 it was estimated that building’s accounted for about 43% of all the UK’s carbon emissions. The government has stated that we need to reduce carbon emissions from buildings.
To achieve this aim the government has already offered the carrot of the Green Deal, which offers loans to homeowners who wish to improve the energy efficiency of their property. However the Energy Act 2011 also contains a hefty stick that commercial landlords should be aware of. (Continue reading this article)
Early conciliation for employment claims: a simple, quick and low cost process?
Monday 6 April saw the introduction of a new system of early conciliation in employment disputes. The new system becomes compulsory on 6 May. Most claimants making an employment tribunal claim on or after 6 May will have an obligation to participate in early conciliation with ACAS before they start a claim.
Early conciliation is a relatively straightforward process. The employee who wants to make a claim fills in a form either online or on the hard copy form which is posted to ACAS. An early conciliation officer contacts them to explain the process and ask if they want to proceed with conciliation. If they do the form is sent to an ACAS Conciliation Officer. (Continue reading this article)
Wakefield Business Week

Once again we are pleased to be  supporting Wakefield Business Week. As venue partners we offered our King Street office as a seminar venue and are also exhibiting at the conference. To find more information on our plans for Wakefield Business Week visit here