Beecham Peacock Blog

The Beecham Peacock Legal Blog keeps you up to date with the latest company news and other news from the legal industry.

Posted 05th October, 2021 under Employment Law by Anna Harbinson

You may have seen stories in the press recently about the right to request flexible working. This right is nothing new and employees with 26 weeks continuous service have been able to request flexible working arrangements under Section 80F of the Employment Rights Act 1996 for many years. You can make one request in any… Read more »

Posted 01st October, 2021 under Personal Injury by

Practice head Victoria Wanless takes charge of both personal injury and clinical negligence work at Beecham Peacock. Claims against hospital trusts, GP practices and dental surgeries make up Wanless’ regular medical malpractice workload. On the injury side, the team handles catastrophic matters, employers’ and liability cases, road traffic accidents and occupational diseases. As well as representing private… Read more »

Posted 27th September, 2021 under Employment Law by Anna Harbinson

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, more commonly referred to as the Furlough Scheme, was introduced during the pandemic to provide economic support to employers and employees, with a view to ‘saving jobs’ where COVID had caused a downturn in demand. The scheme was initially due to end in October 2020 but has been extended on… Read more »

Posted 17th September, 2020 under Employment Law by

Next month marks the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). The scheme, which launched in March 2020, saw the Government contribute towards the payment of up to 80% of the wages of employees who had been placed on furlough. The aim of the scheme was to ease the financial strain of the wage… Read more »

Posted 09th September, 2020 under Divorce, Family Law by

UK Divorce Hotspots Revealed We’re living in a time of uncertainty. Lockdown has given many of us the chance to consider what we do and don’t want out of life, and life changing decisions have been made. For some that means filing for divorce and making a fresh start. To gain an accurate insight into… Read more »

Posted 31st March, 2020 under Employment Law by

31st March 2020 under Employment Law by Sara Devennie and Anna Harbinson The Government has now published more detail about the Employee Retention Scheme. You may also have heard this referred to as being ‘furloughed’. The scheme enables employers to retain staff on their payroll where they are unable to operate or where is no… Read more »

Posted 17th March, 2020 under Employment Law by

If you are a worker or employee who has, or suspects that they may have symptoms of, Coronavirus (COVID-19) then the first port of call will be to check your employment contract and staff handbook to see what the notification requirements are when you are off sick. If you are too unwell to work then… Read more »

Posted 17th February, 2020 under Personal Injury by

The Civil Liability Act 2018 reformed whiplash claims and is now being implemented. The Government also proposes to change the rules for employer liability personal injury cases, by doubling the threshold for the small claims court. The Association of British Insurers, trade unions, personal injury solicitors, the British Safety Council, The Law Society and the… Read more »

Posted 14th February, 2020 under Employment Law, Health and Safety by

What is RSI? Repetitive Strain Injury, also sometimes referred to as Occupational Overuse Syndrome, refers to stress and damage inflicted upon the muscles, tendons and nerves by repeated tasks and awkward positioning. Most commonly occurring in the upper body with the fingers, hands, arms and neck, RSI is frequently work-related and is usually avoidable through… Read more »

Posted 26th November, 2019 under Family Law, Divorce by Fiona Ryans

The phrase “conscious uncoupling” hit the spotlight in the aftermath of the breakup of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin. It was used to describe a breakup or divorce that sought to avoid an acrimonious and contentious separation. Many family lawyers now see going to court to be completely unsuitable and outdated. Apart from incurring significant… Read more »

Posted 22nd May, 2019 under Employment Law by

With the sad news that the Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group Limited entered into Administration earlier this week, we wanted to share some useful guidance on how to recover some of the monies owed from an insolvent employer. Where your former employer becomes insolvent, you may be able to claim the following payments from the Redundancy… Read more »

Posted 10th April, 2019 under Family Law, Divorce by

It was announced on Tuesday that the government will be changing the laws surrounding divorce in England and Wales. It will be put into effect as soon as parliamentary time becomes available. The current law states that divorce can only proceed when a spouse claims their partner is at fault.   What does ‘at fault’… Read more »