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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

Are You Ready for Employment Contract Changes?

Friday, 24 January 2020

Employment contracts for new starters are changing on 6 April 2020 - but what are the changes?

Are You Ready for Employment Contract Changes?

Articles & Blogs Employment

New Statutory Rates of Pay Proposed for April 2020

Friday, 24 January 2020

The government has proposed increases to statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and sick pay.

New Statutory Rates of Pay Proposed for April 2020

Articles & Blogs Employment

Can Employees Be Dismissed for Behaviour Outside of Work?

Friday, 24 January 2020

A Probation Service Officer (PSO) was fairly dismissed for failing to disclose to her employer child protection issues and dealings with social services.

Can Employees be Dismissed for Behaviour Outside of Work?

Articles & Blogs Independent Schools

Partner Organisations - Reporting Serious Incidents to the Charity Commission

Monday, 20 January 2020

Charitable independent schools will be familiar with the need to report serious incidents to the Charity Commission and with the various iterations of its guidance. December 2019 saw the launch of new guidance...

Partner Organisations - Reporting Serious Incidents to the Charity Commission

Brexit Articles & Blogs Independent Schools

How Do Immigration Reforms Affect Independent Schools?

Monday, 20 January 2020

In December, the Queen's Speech outlined the new government's plans for immigration reform in 2020. We set out the forthcoming changes to immigration law, and how this impacts the independent schools sector.

How Do New Immigration Reforms Affect Independent Schools?

Articles & Blogs Independent Schools

Bank LIBOR Interest Rate Reforms - Meet SONIA

Monday, 20 January 2020

School Bursars should be aware of upcoming reform of benchmark interest rates in the United Kingdom, particularly for those schools with long term loans based on the sterling LIBOR rate of interest.

Bank LIBOR Interest Rate Reforms - Meet SONIA

Articles & Blogs Independent Schools

Relationships and Sex Education - Get Your School Ready for September 2020

Monday, 20 January 2020

From September 2020 all schools teaching primary aged pupils will be required to teach relationships education and secondary schools Relationships and Sex Education (RSE).

Relationships and Sex Education - Get Your School Ready for September 2020

Articles & Blogs Independent Schools

Funding New School Projects - Equality Before the Law?

Monday, 20 January 2020

The charity sector recently made the news when two prominent schools turned down substantial donations to fund bursaries for underprivileged white boys. Where do charities stand when offered gifts on challenging terms?

Funding New School Projects - Equality Before the Law?

Articles & Blogs Independent Schools

2020 - What Should Schools Expect from Employment Law?

Monday, 20 January 2020

Whilst schools will be pleased to hear that 2020 is unlikely to be the busiest year for employment law changes there are still some significant developments. This article looks at the main changes that are likely to have an impact on schools.

2020 - What Should Schools Expect from Employment Law?

Articles & Blogs Employment

When Can Suspensions Be Unreasonable?

Friday, 17 January 2020

An NHS Trust was taken to court, after the claimant seeks a temporary injunction following her suspension from duties.

When Can Suspensions Be Unreasonable?

Articles & Blogs Employment

IR35 - Government Launches Review of the New Off Payroll Working Rules

Friday, 17 January 2020

The government has launched a review into the implementation of new off payroll working rules for Personal Service Companies (PSC).

IR35 - Government Launches Review of the New Off Payroll Working Rules

Articles & Blogs Employment

Can Employers Give Non-Smokers Extra Annual Leave?

Friday, 17 January 2020

A recruitment agency has rewarded employees with four extra days of paid annual leave for not smoking at work.

Can Employers Give Non-Smokers Extra Annual Leave?

Brexit Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

New Immigration Reforms - What Do Pharma Businesses Need to Know?

Friday, 17 January 2020

In the Queen's Speech following the recent general election, new government plans were set out for the coming year. Among other crucial topics such as Brexit, immigration reform featured prominently in the speech.

Immigration Law

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

New Government Promises £160m More for Innovative Medicines Fund

Friday, 17 January 2020

The Conservative Party promised £34bn more funding for the NHS by 2023-24, 50,000 more nurses, 50 million more GP appointments per year, 6,000 more GPs, 6,000 more primary care professionals and 40 new hospitals, ahead of the general election.

Innovative Medicines Fund

Brexit Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

Life Sciences Leaders Join Forces to Urge Close EU Alignment

Friday, 17 January 2020

The leading life sciences industry representative bodies have written a joint letter urging the government, to ensure that the life sciences sector continues to benefit from any future relationship with the EU.

Life Sciences after Brexit