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Posted 23rd January, 2017 under Employment Law by Sara Devennie

The ‘Gig Economy’ has hit headlines again with a further Employment Tribunal decision on the employment status of those working within it. In October 2016 an Employment Tribunal ruled that drivers at the taxi company, Uber, were ‘workers’ rather than self-employed drivers. This was significant because workers are entitled to certain minimum employment rights that… Read more »

Posted 13th January, 2017 under Health and Safety, Personal Injury by

Christmas may be over, but judging by the UK weather forecast, which predicts bouts of ‘thundersnow’ and an arctic spell of colder weather; it’s quite clear that winter isn’t ready to leave us just yet. Whilst local roads and railways lines will be hard hit by the potential bitter conditions, it is important to remember… Read more »

Posted 16th December, 2016 under Miscellaneous by

If you have reached an agreement with your employer to terminate your employment then you may be asked to sign a Settlement Agreement. This may arise in circumstances such as voluntary redundancy, early retirement or dismissal, but Settlement Agreements are also offered in relation to a range of other potential employment law claims. Settlement Agreements… Read more »

Posted 01st December, 2016 under Employment Law by Sara Devennie

Christmas is coming and so too is the highlight of the office social calendar – the Christmas party. Whilst it may be the season to be jolly, festive highjinks can land you in receipt of a very much unwanted gift – your P45! So what are the ‘rules’ at the Christmas party? Many people wrongly… Read more »

Posted 10th November, 2016 under Wills, Trusts and Probate by

Writing a will can be a daunting prospect – not only because it requires you to contemplate your own death, but because Wills are concerned with the precise use of words, often with a legal meaning subtly different from its everyday meaning. Even with the best intentions the layman can go awry. Here are some… Read more »

Posted 03rd November, 2016 under Employment Law by

Local Governments and NHS Trusts have seen their fair share of equal pay claims. Now the first of the large claims against private sector employers are starting to progress, and the cost implications for them could be very high. The basis of these, and other, equal pay claims claims is that the mainly female group… Read more »

Posted 17th October, 2016 under Employment Law by

The ‘Gig Economy’ has not been far from the news lately, with a number of cases due to be heard by the Employment Tribunal in the coming months. Perhaps the most well-known are those involving the UBER and Deliveroo drivers. But how important is employment status? There are 3 main types of employment status: Employee… Read more »

Posted 13th October, 2016 under Employment Law by

Is it discriminatory to pay men and women differently during periods of shared parental leave? That was the question before the Tribunal in Snell v Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd ETS/4100178/2016. In this case Mr Snell argued that his employer’s family friendly policy amounted to sex discrimination, as it provided for enhanced parental pay for mothers… Read more »

Posted 10th October, 2016 under Wills, Trusts and Probate by

In an increasingly digital age, there are more and more digital assets – online bank accounts, social networking profiles and online shopping and payment services. In the event of your death it is important to make sure these assets are accounted for, otherwise your loved ones could face problems or stress when attempting to access… Read more »

Posted 23rd September, 2016 under Miscellaneous by

So you’ve come home and there’s a letter in a brown envelope stating your vehicle has been seen committing an offence, usually speeding. The police want to know who was driving, or inform you that they intend to prosecute – what next? Things you should know.. Generally, the letter will either be a ‘Notice of… Read more »

Posted 16th September, 2016 under Employment Law by

In Kratzer v R+V Allgemeine Versicherung AG the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that the Equal Treatment Directive does not apply to job applicants who are purely seeking compensation. It will only apply where the applicant is also seeking recruitment and employment. Mr Kratzer had applied for a role as a graduate… Read more »

Posted 15th September, 2016 under Family Law by

When applying for a UK divorce, the applicant must give one of five pre-specified reasons for the divorce. Referred to by the court as ‘facts’, these are given by the person starting divorce proceedings, who is known as the petitioner, when filling out what is known as a divorce petition form. These facts are adultery, unreasonable… Read more »