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Appeal under the Acquisition of Land (Authorisation Procedure) (Scotland) Act 1947 and the Land Compensation (Scotland) Act 1973 by John Mowbray against The Scottish Ministers and Fife Council.
The Government has announced the names of 37 employers who failed to pay their workers the national minimum wage. As a result, HMRC has issued financial penalties totalling £51,000 for underpayment of wages which amounted to £177,000. The employers included high-street retailer H&M and service station operator Welcome Break. Unsurprisingly, the national media ran with the story, which could lead to long-term reputational damage.
Student housing has changed from a fringe investment to a global market worth today circa $200bn. This has been underpinned by a doubling of the number of students worldwide over the last decade. Institutional investors have been attracted to this asset class due to the relatively high returns on offer, combined with security of demand and covenant. The market is, however, still undersupplied in many university cities within the UK. Capital is available from pension funds who seek secure cashflow with a long term link to inflation.
The most commonly used standard form build contracts entitle Employers to make "appropriate deductions" from the Contract Sum where a Contractor is instructed not to remedy defects identified in the rectification period. However what is "appropriate" by way of deduction is often disputed by the parties. Assistance has now been provided by the courts