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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

National Minimum Wage Records - a Warning to Business Purchasers

Friday, 19 July 2019

The recent case of Mears Homecare Limited v Bradburn has highlighted the importance of including national minimum wage (NMW) records in the transfer of paperwork, when employees are transferring under TUPE.

National Minimum Wage Records - a Warning to Business Purchasers

Articles & Blogs Employment

Could You Have Constructive Knowledge of a Reticent Employee's Disability?

Friday, 19 July 2019

An employer who failed to conduct proper enquiries into their employee's mental health nevertheless did not have constructive knowledge of the employee's disability, as the employee would not have disclosed her disability to them regardless.

Could You Have Constructive Knowledge of a Reticent Employee's Disability?

Articles & Blogs Employment

Is It Misconduct to Make Covert Recordings at Work?

Friday, 19 July 2019

It is likely to be, except in the most pressing circumstances, held the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in Phoenix House Limited v Mrs Stockman.

Is It Misconduct to Make Covert Recordings at Work?

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

Breakthrough Detects Parkinson's up to 20 Years Sooner

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Most people with Parkinson's develop the disease in their 40s. However, researchers at Kings College, London, have now discovered a link that could detect the warning signs 15 to 20 years earlier.

Breakthrough Detects Parkinson's up to 20 Years Sooner

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

Tumour-Agnostic Drugs to Be Fast-Tracked in the 'Long Term Plan'

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Simon Stevens, the Chief Executive of NHS England, has set out his vision for the future of the NHS including the implementation of the Long Term Plan, when he gave his keynote speech at the NHS Confederation’s Annual Conference.

Tumour-Agnostic Drugs to Be Fast-Tracked in the 'Long Term Plan'

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult Leads the World One Year on

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

The Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult (CGTC) in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, has celebrated its first birthday since opening, after a £50m grant from the UK Government. CGTC is a core plank of the country's life sciences strategy to be world leaders.

Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult Leads the World One Year on

Articles & Blogs Healthcare

PCN Shake-up: What Can Community Pharmacy Do Now to Prepare?

Monday, 15 July 2019

Following the Government's NHS Long Term Plan, with PCNs needed to be up and running by 1 July 2019 and real collaboration starting in 2020/1, the attention now turns to the role of community pharmacy to start engaging with PCNs - but where to start?

PCN Shake-up: What Can Community Pharmacy Do Now to Prepare?

Articles & Blogs Employment

Religious Discrimination - It's All in the Delivery

Friday, 12 July 2019

A recent case confirms that a NHS Non-Executive Director (NED) was not discriminated against when he was dismissed from his role, following his publicising of his views about same sex adoption.

Religious Discrimination - It's All in the Delivery

Articles & Blogs Employment

Supreme Court Amends a Post Termination Non-Compete Clause in Recruiters Contract to Make It Enforceable

Friday, 12 July 2019

In Tillman v Egon Zehnder Ltd the Supreme Court has overturned a 99-year-old Court of Appeal authority, finding that unenforceably wide wording could be severed from a non-compete restrictive covenant in an employment contract...

Amendments to post termination non compete clause in recruiters contracts

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

Dual Aspects of Informed vs. Explicit Consent in R&D

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Patient consent is potentially tricky for pharma R&D to navigate as a result of new data protection rules in Europe.

Dual Aspects of Informed vs. Explicit Consent in R&D

Articles & Blogs Divorce & Family

Is Court Really Necessary for Settling Disputes Regarding Your Children?

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division, recently reported that many court hearings involving children could easily be avoided, and that cuts to legal aid have resulted in more parents representing themselves.

Is Court Really Necessary for Settling Disputes Regarding Your Children?

Articles & Blogs Employment

Was an Employer Liable for an Employee's Racially Offensive Social Media Post?

Friday, 12 July 2019

An employee posting offensive content on Facebook is a nightmare for employers. Not only do you need to deal with potential disciplinary and reputational issues, but you may also face claims from offended employees...

Was an Employer Liable for an Employee's Racially Offensive Social Media Post?

News Articles & Blogs Construction

Understanding Contract Law

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Kai von Pahlen, an Associate in our Construction & Engineering team, has launched a series of workshops to help construction professionals gain a better understanding of contract law.

Understanding Contract Law

Articles & Blogs Recruitment

Self-Employed Locum Doctor Wins IR35 Appeal Against HMRC

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Of two service contract with two hospitals, one was held to be that of true self-employment and outside of IR35 and the other was deemed to be an employment contract and inside of IR35.

Self-Employed Locum Doctor Wins IR35 Appeal Against HMRC

Academies & MATs Articles & Blogs

Academies Financial Handbook 2019 - What Are the New Obligations?

Monday, 08 July 2019

A new Academies Financial Handbook was published on 27 June 2019 and takes effect on 1 September. The structure of the Handbook has changed this year and whilst it feels more logical in its order, you will need to familiarise yourself with the new order.

Academies Financial Handbook 2019 - What Are the New Obligations?