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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 Independent Schools

Teachers' Pensions - The Challenge Ahead

Monday, 03 December 2018

Schools will have heard the news regarding the proposed changes to the Teachers' Pension Scheme (TPS). With effect from September 2019, employer pension contributions are set to rise from 16.4% to 23.6%.

Teachers' Pensions - The Challenge Ahead

Articles & Blogs Independent Schools

How to Recognise and Effectively Address Whistleblowing Complaints

Monday, 03 December 2018

Schools are seeing an increasing number of concerns raised with them by whistleblowers. It is important for schools to provide effective protection for whistleblowers for a number of reasons.

How to Recognise and Effectively Address Whistleblowing Complaints

Articles & Blogs Employment

Disability Discrimination and a Tendency to Steal

Friday, 30 November 2018

We take a look at a recent case where an employee claimed he was discriminated against because his theft from a shop was caused by, or was related to, his disability.

Disability Discrimination and a Tendency to Steal

Articles & Blogs Employment

Dismissing a Bus Driver for Failing a Drugs Test Was Unfair

Friday, 30 November 2018

In Ball v First Essex Buses Limited the Employment Tribunal (the ET) found that the decision to dismiss Mr Ball, a bus driver who had tested positive for cocaine, was unfair...

Dismissing a Bus Driver for Failing a Drugs Test Was Unfair

Articles & Blogs Employment

The Equality and Human Rights Commission to Concentrate on Enforcement

Friday, 30 November 2018

On the 19 November 2018, the Tailored review of the Equality and Human Rights Commission was published. Tailored reviews are conducted to assess whether there is a continued need for non-departmental public bodies.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission to Concentrate on Enforcement

Articles & Blogs Employment

When Might Employees Be Considered Consumers

Friday, 30 November 2018

Many employers grant loans to employees for different reasons, perhaps for travel loans or share schemes...

When Might Employees be Considered Consumers?

Articles & Blogs Conveyancing

Advice for First-Time Sellers

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Thinking of selling your home? Ensure you have everything covered before it's too late.

Advice for First-Time Home Sellers

Articles & Blogs Employment

Gig Economy Employers - Your Employment Practices Could Be Unlawful

Friday, 23 November 2018

We have seen Uber and Pimlico Plumbers, now it’s the turn of Addison Lee (AL) taxi and delivery drivers to be deemed to have worker status, despite the wording of their contracts.

Gig Economy Employers - Your Employment Practices Could Be Unlawful

Articles & Blogs Employment

Have You Properly Considered Your Standard Terms?

Friday, 23 November 2018

We look at the importance of standard 'boiler plate' clauses and why these should not be ignored or taken for granted.

Have You Properly Considered Your Standard Terms?

Articles & Blogs Employment

Can a Series of Promotions Prevent an Equal Pay Claim?

Friday, 23 November 2018

A change of role or promotion does not necessarily preclude an employee from bringing an equal pay claim relating to the whole of their employment, as illustrated in a recent case.

Can a Series of Promotions Prevent an Equal Pay Claim?

Articles & Blogs Employment

Can Staff Take Their Leave When Payment in Lieu Is Payable?

Friday, 16 November 2018

Three recent cases highlight why you should encourage your employees to use their holiday entitlement.

Can Staff Take Their Leave When Payment in Lieu Is Payable?

Articles & Blogs Employment

Redundancies - Unfairness Over Failure to Offer a Trial Period

Friday, 16 November 2018

In the recent case of George V London Borough of Brent , the Employment Appeal Tribunal commented that not offering a trial period in a redundancy dismissal where there is a contractual obligation to do so is likely to be unfair.

Redundancies - Unfairness Over Failure to Offer a Trial Period

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

"The Gravest Threat to Modern Medicine" - Radical Change Needed

Friday, 16 November 2018

Anti-microbial resistance (AMR) is where previously treatable infections become immune to antibiotics. It has been estimated that AMR may currently kill around 5,000 people a year in England. This number is set to rise.


Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

Time to Rethink Entire Agreement Clauses in Your Contracts

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Parties to contracts should now think more carefully about what they include as a non-reliance statement, if they want it to be enforceable.

Time to Rethink Entire Agreement Clauses in Your Contracts

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

Ethnic Minorities Hit Hardest by Fitness-to-Practise Cases

Thursday, 15 November 2018

There has been a massive increase in the number of fitness-to-practise cases reported to the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), with ethnic minorities hit hardest.

Ethnic Minorities Hit Hardest by Fitness-to-Practise Cases