Appointing a Competent Person

As an employer, you must appoint a competent person or people to help you meet your health and safety legal duties.  Specifically, regulation 7 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 requires employers to appoint one or more competent persons to assist on health and safety measures required to comply with statutory duties. In this article we look at the things to consider before appointing a Competent Person.

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New landlord safety duties


The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 (‘Regulations’) come into force on 1 June 2020 and impose new landlord safety duties of specified residential premises in England. The Regulations are likely to have significant financial consequences for landlords particularly where breaches are subject to enforcement action. The Regulations require local housing authorities to enforce the duties and include a power to arrange remedial action in certain circumstances.

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Keeping it Legal

In this article, Keeping it legal, we consider the expanding burdens on business from legislation. The legal burden on business continues to increase each year with the introduction of new rules, European legislation and domestic laws.  Legal compliance is seen as a significant risk by many business leaders such that a recent MORI poll identified the worst aspect of being a business leader was keeping up to date with legislation.  Legislation governs all of our lives and the business world is no different. 

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Investing in corporate governance adds value to the bottom line and improves resilience in uncertain times.

We often say that the best companies to invest in are those that have good corporate governance principles but such measures need to be more than superficial gloss and need to be embedded in the organisation if they are to influence the bottom line.  Listed companies are subject to detailed rules on corporate governance which requires significant resources to maintain.  However, private companies which are not subject to these rules are increasingly embracing the governance principles as a means of demonstrating good practice to investors, customers and other stakeholders. 

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Can too much corporate governance stifle SMEs?

Corporate governance has been a major topic in recent years following the economic crisis and various financial scandals.  For companies it is important to have corporate governance in place to ensure that the management team operates the company in the best interests of shareholders and other stakeholders – for listed companies there are detailed rules to follow. 

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