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Will Challenge - High Court Reject Will That Was Forged on Pre-Signed Company Notepaper

Friday, 21 April 2017

Modern forensic analysis techniques prove a later Will to have been forged, with the Deceased’s signature pre-dating those of the witnesses. Patel V Patel [2017] EWHC 133 (Ch)

Will Challenge

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High Court Rectify Trust Deeds

Friday, 21 April 2017

The High Court rectify trust deeds that wrongly reassigned successive life interests of the settlor's children, instead of their then-spouses - RBC Trustees V Stubbs [2017] EWHC 180 (Ch)

Trust Rectification

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Reasonable Financial Provision for Disinherited Adult Children and the Need for Reform

Friday, 21 April 2017

The case of Ilott V The Blue Cross And Others [217] UKSC 17 is unprecedented as it is the first claim made under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (the Act) that has reached the Supreme Court.

Reasonable Financial Provision for Disinherited Adult Children

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Supreme Court Grants Pension to Cohabiting Partner

Friday, 21 April 2017

An unmarried partner of a deceased pension scheme member is entitled to claim a surviving spouse's pension, even though the deceased had not nominated her as a beneficiary.


Academies & MATs Blogs

The Land Aspects of Academy Conversions for Church Schools

Friday, 21 April 2017

Voluntary aided and voluntary controlled schools (Church Schools) are schools run or supported by the applicable local Diocese.

The Land Aspects of Academy Conversions for Church Schools

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A Change in the Landscape - The Trade Union Act 2016

Friday, 21 April 2017

A number of the key provisions of the Trade Union Act 2016 came into force on 1 March 2017. Not surprisingly the passage of the Act through parliament was controversial and it was subject to a number of amendments before reaching its final form.

 A Change in the Landscape - The Trade Union Act 2016

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Regulatory Update - Changes to Be Aware of

Friday, 21 April 2017

Here is a quick round up of some key regulatory compliance changes over the last term.

Regulatory Update - Changes to Be Aware of

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Gross Negligence - When Can Employees be Dismissed for Failing to Act?

Friday, 21 April 2017

Court of Appeal upholds decision to dismiss a manager for gross misconduct for their failure to correct an employee's misconduct and failing to report it to senior management.

Gross Negligence - When Can Employees be Dismissed for Failing to Act?

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Parental Contributions - Charging Up a Storm?

Friday, 21 April 2017

In an environment where parental contributions are becoming the 'norm', we re-visit the charging regime and consider whether this is workable for schools in the contexts of government cuts and other financial pressures.

Parental Contributions - Charging Up a Storm?

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Sponsoring Skilled Workers from Outside the EEA - Guidance for Academy Trusts

Friday, 21 April 2017

Schools and other education providers often find that shortages in the UK labour market lead to them looking overseas for experienced teachers and other skilled senior staff.

Sponsoring Skilled Workers from Outside the EEA - Guidance for Academy Trusts

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Do "Some Other Substantial Reason" Dismissals Require A Higher Standard Of Fairness?

Friday, 21 April 2017

This question was recently considered by the Employment Appeal Tribunal ("EAT") in Ssekisonge v Barts Health NHS Trust.

Do

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Term Time Holidays and Unauthorised Absence

Friday, 21 April 2017

On 6 April just as schools, parents and pupils were turning to thoughts of the Easter holidays, the Supreme Court handed down its judgement in one of the most high profile and controversial cases in recent times, with wide ranging effects.

Term Time Holidays and Unauthorised Absence

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Uber Contract Described As "Gibberish" and Leave To Appeal Is Granted

Friday, 21 April 2017

The Work and Pensions Committee's inquiry into self-employment and the gig economy has hit the headlines this week due to comments made by its Chair, Frank Field MP...

Uber Contract Described As

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Can A Poor Attitude To Organisational Change Constitute Gross Misconduct?

Friday, 21 April 2017

In Adeshina v St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Others, the Court of Appeal considered whether or not an employee's poor attitude to organisational change in the workplace was sufficient to result in dismissal for gross misconduct.

Can A Poor Attitude To Organisational Change Constitute Gross Misconduct?

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Tier 2 Immigration Skills Charge - Home Office Issues Updated Guidance For Employers

Friday, 21 April 2017

The Immigration Skills Charge Regulations came into force on 6 April 2017, but what exactly does the charge involve and how will it work in practice?

Tier 2 Immigration Skills Charge - Home Office Issues Updated Guidance For Employers