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The law never stands still, and the way it applies to you and your organisation is constantly evolving. Our people are on top of these developments and can keep you up to date with some of the most interesting aspects of these changes. Check out our articles and updates for our perspective on issues that might affect you.

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    Gender pay gap reporting to become law

    Following debate in Westminster it would appear that gender pay gap reporting will become law for large companies, namely those with 250 employees or more. The Equal Pay Act of 1970 has been of considerable assistance to females in redressing imbalance in pay experienced in comparison to males. This proposed new step will see the Secretary of State have to make Regulations in the coming year that will oblige, as mandatory, pay gap reporting, to further strengthen the legal position.

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    Planning pitfalls: changes of use and planning permission

    It is vital for property owners and tenants to know when it is necessary to obtain planning permission to change the use of their property. Failure to obtain necessary permissions can have severe financial effects but the planning rules are not always straightforward. Here, Peter Ferguson, head of Planning at Harper Macleod, guides us through the regulations.

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    Princess Anne, prizes, lambing and a peek at Rio

    February just flew past and it was a fun and interesting month. Although I'm now coming towards the end of winter training my sessions are currently still long endurance work – putting in the hard work that will help to set me up for the season to come. I will be starting speed work next month which I'm really looking forward to as then I'll be able to see if my winter training has paid off. Plus the racing begins and I can't wait for that!

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    Shared Parental Leave, one month to go

    On 1st December 2014 the new Shared Parental Leave Regulations came into force for babies due to be born, or parents who receive a date of placement for adoption, on or after 5th April 2015. This new right was introduced in order to provide parents with greater flexibility for taking leave during their first year with their child. The principle of Shared Parental Leave (SPL) is straightforward but, unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the Regulations which are both lengthy and complex.