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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

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?

Articles & Blogs Employment

Funding Cuts and Policy Change - Managing the Risks

Friday, 05 July 2019

Funding cuts leading to changes in the Ministry of Justice's pay policy were capable of justifying indirect age discrimination, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has held.

Funding Cuts and Policy Change - Managing the Risks

Articles & Blogs Employment

Perceived Disability - What Are the Risks?

Friday, 05 July 2019

The Court of Appeal has upheld the decision in Chief Constable of Norfolk v Coffey, reinforcing that employers need to be alive to the risks of discrimination claims not only from those employees whose conditions amount to a disability...

Perceived Disability - What Are the Risks?

Academies & MATs Articles & Blogs

Updated Guidance for Schools - Buying Procedures and Procurement Law

Friday, 05 July 2019

The Department for Education has published updated online guidance concerning buying procedures and procurement law for schools.

Updated Guidance for Schools - Buying Procedures and Procurement Law

Articles & Blogs Private Client

Five Ways to Save Inheritance Tax

Tuesday, 02 July 2019

Fewer than 5% of UK estates pay inheritance tax (IHT) yet revenues from this tax have increased by over 97% this decade, from £2.72 billion in the 2010/2011 tax year, to £5.37 billion in the 2018/2019 tax year.

Five Ways to Save Inheritance Tax

Articles & Blogs Employment

Underpaid Holiday Pay - Could You Lose Your Right to Claim?

Friday, 05 July 2019

The implications of a recent case surrounding holiday pay in Northern Ireland could extend to the rest of the UK, in the event of a successful appeal.

Underpaid Holiday Pay - Could You Lose Your Right to Claim?

Articles & Blogs Private Client

Tax Traps - Succession Planning and Homes Abroad

Tuesday, 02 July 2019

With the summer holidays just around the corner, many of you will be escaping to holiday homes on the continent.

Tax Traps - Succession Planning and Homes Abroad

Articles & Blogs Employment

Did the Suspension of an Employee Due to an Effect Caused by Their Disability Amount to Harassment and Direct Discrimination?

Friday, 28 June 2019

No, said the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in Ahmed v The Cardinal Hume Academies.

Did the Suspension of an Employee Due to an Effect Caused by Their Disability Amount to Harassment and Direct Discrimination?

Articles & Blogs Employment

Injury to Feelings - What's It Worth?

Friday, 28 June 2019

When an employment tribunal awards compensation to a claimant for 'injury to feelings' in a discrimination claim, can that award be reduced if it is argued that the claimant's actions contributed in some way to the circumstances giving rise to the award?

Injury to Feelings - What's it Worth?

Articles & Blogs Employment

UK Law Correct to Limit Annual Leave Carry-Over Due to Sickness to Four Weeks

Friday, 28 June 2019

Advocate General Bot of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has given an opinion that Member States are permitted to limit the carry-over of annual leave...

UK Law Correct to Limit Annual Leave Carry-over Due to Sickness to Four Weeks

Articles & Blogs Healthcare

PCN Data Sharing Deadline - Are You Ready?

Thursday, 27 June 2019

We have been contacted by a number of Primary Care Networks (PCNs) who are concerned that they do not yet have a data sharing agreement in place.

Primary Care Networks

Articles & Blogs Real Estate

The Changing Face of High Streets - What Are CVAs and How Do They Affect Watford?

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

The rise of online shopping and the uncertainty over Brexit have caused many retail chains to struggle. In Watford, BHS closed down a few years ago, Debenhams is in trouble, and now Philip Green's Arcadia empire is suffering.

What are CVAs and how do they affect Watford?

Academies & MATs Articles & Blogs

GDPR, One Year in - 4 Data Protection Takeaways for Academy Trusts

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

The GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018 have been in force for over a year now. This article details what we've learned and the significant points for trusts to consider as we enter the second year of the new regime.

GDPR, One Year in - 4 Data Protection Takeaways for Academy Trusts

Academies & MATs Articles & Blogs

Schools' Admission Arrangements - How to Get Ready for the 2021 Intake

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

You will be aware that the lead-in time for changing your school's admissions arrangements is long, and in order to comply with statutory School Admissions Code 2014 (the Code), the consultation process must commence over 20 months before the September...

Schools' Admission Arrangements - How to Get Ready for the 2021 Intake

Academies & MATs Articles & Blogs

New Governance Obligations - A Checklist for Academies

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

A new edition of the Governance Handbook was published in March 2019. The purpose of the revision was to update legislative and policy references, and to clarify some areas.

New Governance Obligations - A Checklist for Academies