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Articles & Blogs Employment

Dismissal Following Expression of Religious Beliefs - When is This Discriminatory?

Friday, 12 March 2021

A Christian man was dismissed from his posts as a non-executive director and a magistrate for expressing his views on homosexuality and same-sex couple adoption in public - was this considered discrimination?

A Christian man was dismissed from his posts as a non-executive director and a magistrate for expressing his views on homosexuality and same-sex couple adoption in public - was this considered discrimination?

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

Is the UK Still an Attractive Location for Clinical Trials?

Thursday, 11 March 2021

There has been a 20% growth in the number of Advanced Therapy Medical Product ('ATMP') clinical trials in the UK since 2019. That is the headline coming out of The Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult's 2020 ATMP clinical trials database and report.

Is the UK Still an Attractive Location for Clinical Trials?

Articles & Blogs Employment

Tribunal Compensation Limits and Statutory Payments Will Increase From 6 April 2021

Friday, 12 March 2021

The annual increases to the compensation limits on certain employment tribunal awards and to statutory payments will come into effect on 6 April 2021.

Tribunal Compensation Limits and Statutory Payments Will Increase From 6 April 2021

Articles & Blogs Employment

Coronavirus Workplace Testing and Vaccinations Guidance Updates

Friday, 12 March 2021

Recent updates to the Acas Working safely during coronavirus guidance provide important information for employers to consider regarding coronavirus workplace testing and vaccinations.

Coronavirus Workplace Testing and Vaccinations Guidance Updates

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

NHS to Lead World with Repurposed Medicines

Thursday, 11 March 2021

Blake Dark, Commercial Medicines Director of NHS England and NHS Improvement, has published a report entitled 'Opportunities to Repurpose Medicines in the NHS in England', to adopt off-patent, repurposed medicines into NHS clinical practice.

NHS to Lead World with Repurposed Medicines

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

How Collaborations Are Essential to the Future of Pharma

Thursday, 11 March 2021

From the UK's world-leading latest genomics projects to personalised targeted treatments and the use of AI technologies in pharma and drug discovery, there has never been a better time to discuss Britain's great life sciences future.

How Collaborations Are Essential to the Future of Pharma

Articles & Blogs Tax

Budget 2021 - How Do the Tax Changes Affect Businesses?

Thursday, 11 March 2021

From super-deduction to Corporation Tax, we outline the key tax updates announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in the 2021 budget.

Budget 2021 - How Do the Tax Changes Affect Businesses?

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

How Can UK Health Data Be Used to Benefit Patients and Research?

Thursday, 11 March 2021

The Government has commissioned a review into the use of health data in the UK for research and analysis. The objective is the more efficient and safe use of the health data ultimately for the benefit of patients.

How Can UK Health Data Be Used to Benefit Patients and Research?

Articles & Blogs Data Protection Information Law

Help! I've Received a Subject Access Request - What Should I Do?

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Accessing one’s personal information, or making a subject access request (SAR), has become a popular mechanism for individuals to find out exactly what information an organisation holds about them.

Help! I've Received a Subject Access Request - What Should I Do?

Articles & Blogs Academies & MATs

Public Examination Grades in 2021 - Latest Update

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

On 24 February 2021, Gavin Williamson announced the key decisions which have been taken following the Ofqual consultation over alternative arrangements for determining public examination grades in the summer of 2021.

Public Examination Grades in 2021 - Latest Update

Articles & Blogs Corporate

Company Directors - Beware Your Duty to Disclose Interests

Friday, 05 March 2021

Under English company law, company directors who have an interest in an arrangement with the company must declare the "nature and extent" of that interest to the other directors. A recent Court of Appeal judgement serves as a useful reminder of this duty.

Company Directors - Beware Your Duty to Disclose Interests

Articles & Blogs Coronavirus (Covid-19) Employment

Can You Dismiss an Employee for Refusing to Wear a Face Mask?

Friday, 05 March 2021

An employee's refusal to wear a face mask may not always amount to gross misconduct. However, such a refusal could ultimately lead to an employee's dismissal in particular circumstances, as a recent case shows.

Can You Dismiss an Employee for Refusing to Wear a Face Mask?

Articles & Blogs Coronavirus (Covid-19) Employment

Gender Pay Gap Reporting Obligations Suspended for Six Months

Friday, 05 March 2021

The Equality and Human Rights Commission ('EHRC') has suspended the enforcement of gender pay gap reporting for 2020-21 until 5 October 2021 due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Gender Pay Gap Reporting Obligations Suspended for Six Months

Articles & Blogs Coronavirus (Covid-19) Employment

Furlough Scheme Extended Until 30 September 2021

Friday, 05 March 2021

This week the Chancellor announced that the furlough scheme will be extended until 30 September 2021. This gives employers the opportunity to utilise the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for an additional five months.

Furlough Scheme Extended Until 30 September 2021

Articles & Blogs Coronavirus (Covid-19) Employment

Spring 2021 Budget - Key Announcements for Employers

Friday, 05 March 2021

On 3 March 2021 the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, led the 2021 Spring Budget. In this article, we examine the key elements of the Budget that employers and businesses need to know.

Spring 2021 Budget - Key Announcements for Employers