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Consumer Protection Reform

Luis Ngugi , a solicitor in our commercial litigation department, looks at the proposed reforms to consumer protection. On 20 April 2022 the UK Government announced significant reforms to consumer protection laws. The new measures are set to tackle: ...

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Landlord and Tenant NEWSFLASH

Luis Ngugi a solicitor in our commercial litigation department looks at the Renters Reform Bill following the Queen’s Speech. Renters Reform Bill The much-anticipated Renters Reform Bill continues to be a major talking point and a key part...

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No more blame but challenges remain for divorcing couples

When the clock finally chimed for no-fault divorce, courts saw a surge in applications from couples looking to avoid the blame game. However, challenges still lie ahead for couples leaving a marriage.  HM Courts & Tribunals Service has revealed...

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Stress Awareness Month

April marks Stress Awareness month to continue to help raise awareness of mental health issues in what the Stress Management Society refer to as  “modern stress epidemic”.  With the pandemic and lockdowns, increased stress awareness in...

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Digital Right to Work checks - made permanent

During the lockdown, the Government changed the rules on right to work checks which permitted employers to do these online or remotely.    These changes had been due to end sooner but had been extended to the 5 th April this year.  ...

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Workers and entitlement to paid holiday.

Employment Solicitor, Sepie Nourouzi takes a look at the long running holiday pay case with Pimlico Plumbers which took a further turn in a recent Court of Appeal decision about workers and their entitlement to paid holiday. Mr Smith worked for Pimlico...

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April is Stress Awareness Month

In recent years we seem to have talked about staff wellbeing and mental health more than ever before, but research shows that stress continues to be one of the main causes of short and long-term absence. CIPD research last year found that four-fifths of...

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Risk management when the commute is all at home

The Government’s Living with Covid strategy removed one of the final hurdles towards a return to full-time office working, but many are expected to continue working from home under the new regime. The potential of reduced property costs combined...

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'knowingly helping' another to breach the Equality Act

Employment Appeal Tribunal rules that an employee’s claim that his former employer had ‘engineered’ the rejection of his job application by a connected company as he had brought discrimination proceedings while in previous employment gave...

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Menopause Policy - who needs it?

In recent years, we have seen increased coverage in the media and on social media platforms and outlets about women’s health and the menopause.   Employers have increasing awareness of the impact of the menopause on women in work.  A...

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Covid-19 - Restrictions to end

Earlier this month the Prime Minister announced that the remaining Covid-19 restrictions in England would end.    The Government published part of its advice for Living with Covid-19 and further advice from Public Health England for those who...

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Covid Pandemic and possession proceedings - A return to normality but for how long?

Luis Ngugi , our new litigation solicitor who deals with landlord and tenant issues, highlights the advantages of the accelerated possession procedure for private residential landlords. The effect of the covid pandemic has meant that possession proceedings...

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Covid 19 - How can commercial landlords deal with rent arrears as we move towards a post pandemic era?

Luis Ngugi , a solicitor in our Commercial Litigation department, looks at the options for rent recovery available to commercial landlords prior to the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill coming into force.  As a result of the Covid pandemic the...

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What to do if an employee refuses to return to the office after working from home?

With guidance to work from home where possible now lifted, employers can plan a return to work for employees - many of whom will have been working from home for some time. Employees, however, may have different plans. Many people will still have concerns...

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How has Covid-19 affected inheritance tax?

There is still much uncertainty about the true impact of coronavirus on all aspects of our lives. Inheritance tax is no different, with the fallout of the pandemic affecting the value of estates, inheritance tax planning, and the valuation of business assets...

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Covid Vaccination and Children

Following the recent announcement that all children aged 5 to 11 in England will be offered a Covid vaccine from April, Keith Doherty, a senior lawyer in our family team, considers the legal position when there is a dispute between the parents over...

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Court of Appeal finds employer not liable for injury caused by Workplace Prank/Horseplay

In Chell v Tarmac Cement and Lime Ltd [2022] , the Claimant was employed by Roltec Engineering Ltd (Roltec) as a site fitter. He worked at a site that was operated and controlled by Tarmac Cement and Lime Ltd (Tarmac) therefore providing services for the...

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Social Media for Employers

Social media cases in the Employment Tribunal have involved everything from employees posting derogatory comments about their employer, sharing offensive content, cyber bullying and everything in between. Here Laura Claridge from Clarkson Wright & Jakes...

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Alternatives to Redundancy

As part of a ‘fair’ redundancy process, employers are required to consider whether there are any alternatives to redundancy.  Avoiding compulsory redundancies also avoids the loss of talent and the negative effect on morale that redundancies...

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Rainford v Dorset Aquatics Limited

Employment Tribunal’s decision that a Director/Shareholder of a small family business was not a worker or employee pursuant to s.230 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 is upheld upon appeal In Rainford v Dorset Aquatics Limited , the Claimant and...

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Too cold to work?

Following the recent chilly weather, Laura Claridge looks at some common weather and work questions. Is there a minimum working temperature? Government guidance suggests a minimum temperature of 16°C or 13°C if employees are doing physical...

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Mandatory Vaccinations for Health Workers

On 9 November, the Government announced that from April 2022 all NHS staff will be required to provide evidence that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Currently the flu jab is not mandatory but this will be kept under review ahead of next...

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New Year - Fresh Start?

With ongoing COVID restrictions in place, January 2022 is unlikely to be the fresh start many wanted. The month of January historically has been an extremely busy one for family lawyers, with many couples making the decision to part ways shortly after the...

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Temporary change to fit notes and self-certification

In order to provide GPs with more time to work on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) booster programme, for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) purposes, where employees go off sick on or after 10 December 2021 until 26 January 2022, employers can only ask employees for proof...

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Dying With Your Affairs in Disarray is a Poisoned Legacy for Your Loved Ones

Not every life is profitable, at least in financial terms, and it is important to remember that your debts do not die with you. A High Court ruling showed the serious problems that dying insolvent, without putting your affairs in order, can create for your...

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