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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.

Articles & Blogs Employment

Is Suspension a Breach of Contract?

Friday, 15 March 2019

The Court of Appeal held a school had 'reasonable and proper cause' to suspend a teacher pending a formal investigation into misconduct allegations and that suspension was not, in the circumstances, a breach of contract.

Breach of Contract

Articles & Blogs Employment

Who Would You Call a 'Bad Leaver'?

Friday, 15 March 2019

A recent case provides a useful reminder of the need for careful thought in structuring employee share schemes.

 Employee Share Schemes

Articles & Blogs Employment

Consultation Launched on Misuse of Confidentiality Clauses

Friday, 15 March 2019

The government has published a consultation paper to seek evidence and views on the use of confidentiality clauses and to tackle their misuse.

Misuse of Confidentiality Clauses

Articles & Blogs Employment

TUPE and Poor Working Relationships - Were the Reasons for Dismissal Personal?

Friday, 15 March 2019

An employee who was dismissed due to a difficult working relationship with a colleague, rather than being TUPE-transferred along with other employees...

TUPE Transfers

Articles & Blogs Employment

Unions Propose New 'Passports' to Support Disabled Workers

Friday, 15 March 2019

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) and the GMB Union (GMB) have proposed 'disability passports' to assist disabled workers get the support they need in the workplace.

Supporting Disabled Employees

Articles & Blogs Brexit Pharma & Life Sciences

EMA Can't Escape Lease Due to Brexit Frustration

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

There are plenty of people who are now getting frustrated by Brexit. But now a legal case has taken this to a whole new level.

EMA Can't Escape Lease Due to Brexit Frustration

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

Common Painkillers Could Increase Cancer Survival Rates by a Third

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco have found that the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and aspirin, boosted survival rates in head and neck cancer sufferers from 25% to 78%.

Common Painkillers Could Increase Cancer Survival Rates by a Third

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

NHS Announces New DNA Kit Testing to Sequence Genomes

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

After the successful sequencing of 100,000 genomes thanks to the 100,000 Genomes Project, NHS England is seeking to take its next step in genetic analysis towards a deeper understanding of personalised medicine through the use of DNA kits.

NHS Announces New DNA Kit Testing to Sequence Genomes

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

The World's First 'Designer Babies' - But What Next?

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

A scientist called He Jiankui has shocked the science world with claims that he has produced the world's first genetically edited babies - Lulu and Nana. He also claims a second patient is in early pregnancy.

The World's First 'Designer Babies' - But What Next?

Articles & Blogs Commercial Contracts Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

Caution - "Agreement to Agree" Clause Ruled Null and Void

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

The Court of Appeal has concluded that an agreement to agree clause was null and void due to uncertainty in a crucial contracts case.

Caution -

Articles & Blogs Conveyancing

Building a House? Using the Wrong Form Can Be Costly

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

As always with anything legal, the devil is in the detail. If you are building a property, you should make sure you are strictly following procedures so you don't end up with an unwanted bill.

Building a House? Using the Wrong Form Can Be Costly

Articles & Blogs Commercial Property

Landlords - Are Your Inspections Good Enough?

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

As a landlord, you have a number of obligations towards your tenants. Some of them are included in your tenancy agreement as "landlord covenants", others are specified by law.

Landlords - Are Your Inspections Good Enough?

Articles & Blogs Employment

Awards for Employment Tribunal Claims to Increase

Friday, 08 March 2019

The compensation limits for certain awards that can be made by the employment tribunal and other statutory payments are to increase by 3.3% from April 2019.

Awards for Employment Tribunal Claims to Increase

Articles & Blogs Employment

How to Interpret 'Long-Term' - Disability Discrimination

Friday, 08 March 2019

A person is disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if they have a physical or mental impairment that has a 'substantial' and 'long-term' negative effect on their ability to do normal daily activities.

How to Interpret 'Long-Term' - Disability Discrimination

Articles & Blogs Charities

Sleep-ins and the National Minimum Wage - Uncertainty Continues

Tuesday, 05 March 2019

On 13 February, the Supreme Court granted permission for an appeal against the Court of Appeal judgment in the case of Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake EWCA Civ 1641, in relation to care workers on sleep-in shifts.

Sleep-ins and the National Minimum Wage - Uncertainty Continues