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Browse our law brief articles and blogs, aimed at addressing the practical implications of the latest legal developments affecting you and your organisation.

Academies & MATs Articles & Blogs

New Guidance on Searching, Screening and Confiscation - What Schools Need to Know

Thursday, 22 March 2018

The DfE has released updated advice in relation to Searching, Screening and Confiscation. What are the key points from it?

New Guidance for Schools on Searching, Screening and Confiscation

Articles & Blogs Employment

Taylor Review Update

Thursday, 22 March 2018

After being published in July last year, the government has now responded to Matthew Taylor's review of the UK labour market and employment practices - the Taylor Review.

Gig Economy

Articles & Blogs Employment

Further Clarification About When a Claimant Can Add New Claims to Existing Employment Tribunal Cases

Friday, 20 April 2018

In the case of Reuters Ltd v Cole, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether the employee could amend his claim to include allegations of direct disability discrimination.

Are Workers Entitled to be Paid for Time Spent on 'Stand-By'?

Academies & MATs Articles & Blogs Commercial Property

New Legislation - Can Schools Validly Grant New Tenancies of Property from 1 April 2018?

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Many academies use their property assets to generate additional income to supplement the core funding they receive. In addition, many academies operate from sites which are made up of buildings constructed many years ago and/or have inherited sites...

Academies' Properties

Articles & Blogs Employment

Is It Direct Sex Discrimination to Pay Only Statutory Shared Parental Pay to Male Employees But Enhanced Maternity Pay to Female Employees?

Friday, 20 April 2018

No, held the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in the recent case of Capita Customer Management Ltd (CCM) v Ali, with the ruling that the purpose of shared parental leave is different to maternity leave and that the two are not therefore comparable.

Are Workers Entitled to be Paid for Time Spent on 'Stand-By'?

Academies & MATs Articles & Blogs Employment

Renewal of Fixed Term Contracts and Unfair Dismissal - A Cautionary Tale for Schools

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Does the fact that an employer complies with the Fixed Term Employees Regulations 2002 necessarily mean it acted fairly when deciding against the renewal of a fixed-term contract?

Employment Law

Articles & Blogs Employment

Travel Time Between Home and a Temporary Workplace Can Count Towards 'Working Time'

Friday, 20 April 2018

The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Court has ruled that necessary time spent travelling to and/or from a location other than a fixed or habitual place of work to carry out a single assignment in that other location, constitutes 'working time'.

Are Workers Entitled to be Paid for Time Spent on 'Stand-By'?

Academies & MATs Articles & Blogs Employment

How to Handle Difficult Conversations at Work

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Anyone in a role managing staff within their school will face difficult conversations from time to time. Whether it's talking to someone in your department about their work not quite being up to standard, managing team dynamics or dealing with...

Narrow Quay HR

Articles & Blogs Corporate

News Alert: Companies House Issues PSC Update

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Many of you will be aware that UK companies are now required to hold a record of persons or entities who exercise significant control in relation to that company.

News Alert: Companies House Issues PSC Update

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

Important European Court Opinion on the Specific Mechanism - What Does This Mean for Parallel Trade?

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

The recent case of Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals v Orifarm GmbH has resulted in an important opinion from the EU's Advocate General on the interpretation of the Specific Mechanism.

Important European Court Opinion on Specific Mechanism - What Does This Mean for Parallel Trade?

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

Top Tips for Pharma Businesses When Targeted by Internet Trolls

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

An organisation's reputation is one of its most significant assets and, in the pharmaceutical industry, publicity can make or break a business.

Top Tips for Pharma Businesses When Targeted by Internet Trolls

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

New Data Protection Fees of up to £2,900 Per Year Introduced to Pay ICO

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

The new regulations arrive in preparation for the GDPR on 25 May 2018.

New Data Protection Fees of up to £2,900 Per Year Introduced to Pay ICO

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

Jeremy Hunt Pledges Crackdown on NHS Medicine Errors Causing 22,000 Deaths a Year

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

The errors may be leading to high human and monetary costs every year in the UK.

Jeremy Hunt Pledges Crackdown on NHS Medicine Errors Causing 22,000 Deaths a Year

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

100,000 Genomes Project Halfway Completed

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

The groundbreaking project has already delivered some benefits to patients, while the project aims to complete by the end of 2018.

100,000 Genomes Project Halfway Completed

Articles & Blogs Employment Public Sector

Are Workers Entitled to Be Paid for Time Spent on 'Stand-by'?

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

It is common for public sector organisations to use workers on 'stand-by', such as care workers, paramedics and firefighters.

Are Workers Entitled to be Paid for Time Spent on 'Stand-By'?