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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 Healthcare

Can GPs Avoid Liability by Putting Their GP Practices into a Limited Company?

Monday, 25 June 2018

We at VWV are being asked a lot at the moment about whether the answer to GPs' concerns about having personal liability for the practice is to 'incorporate', ie to put the practice into a limited company.

Can GPs Avoid Liability by Putting Their GP Practices into a Limited Company?

Articles & Blogs Independent Schools

Gender Separation and Discrimination in Mixed Schools - New Guidance Published

Friday, 29 June 2018

The new DfE non-statutory guidance, 'Gender Separation in Mixed Schools', was published on 28 June. Its purpose is to support mixed schools...

Gender Separation and Discrimination in Mixed Schools

Articles & Blogs Employment

Is it Discriminatory to Issue a Written Warning to a Disabled Employee for Poor Attendance?

Friday, 22 June 2018

In the case of DL Insurance Services Ltd v O'Connor, the Employment Appeal Tribunal considered this question, holding that issuing the formal warning amounted to unfavourable treatment in the circumstances...

Is it Discriminatory to Issue a Written Warning to a Disabled Employee for Poor Attendance?

Articles & Blogs Employment

Establishing Employment Status - The Importance of Having Unambiguous Terms of Employment

Friday, 22 June 2018

In Hafal Ltd v Lane-Angell, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether an individual who was employed on a "bank basis" with no guaranteed hours was an employee.

Establishing Employment Status: the Importance of Having Unambiguous Terms of Employment

Articles & Blogs Employment

Pressure on Tier 2 (General) Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship Cap Set to Ease

Friday, 22 June 2018

As the cap on Tier 2 visas for skilled non-EEA workers is hit for an unprecedented 7th successive month, the Government has announced changes which are likely to significantly ease demand.

Pressure on Tier 2 (General) Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship Cap Set to Ease

Articles & Blogs Employment

Supreme Court Upholds 'Worker Status' Decision in Pimlico Plumbers Case

Friday, 22 June 2018

In the widely-reported case of Pimlico Plumbers Ltd and Mullins v Smith, the Supreme Court has upheld the decision that a plumber was engaged as a worker for the purposes of the Employment Rights Act 1996 and the Working Time Regulations 1998...

Supreme Court Upholds 'Worker Status' Decision in Pimlico Plumbers Case

Articles & Blogs Employment

Was It Unfair to Dismiss a Union Representative Who Misused Confidential Information?

Friday, 22 June 2018

A trade union rep who received photographs of a manager's diary entries was dismissed without notice when raised with HR. Was his dismissal considered unfair?

Was It Unfair to Dismiss a Union Representative Who Misused Confidential Information?

Articles & Blogs Higher Education

Top Tips for Managing a Reputational Crisis

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Recent media coverage of data issues, involving the likes of Facebook and TSB, highlight the importance of having a clear plan of action if your HE institution is faced with a crisis event.

Top Tips for Managing a Reputational Crisis

Articles & Blogs Higher Education

University Sit-Ins - Know Your Legal Options

Thursday, 21 June 2018

With the current climate of strikes and further cuts to public services, the number of student sit-ins is again on the rise. Are you aware of your options for handling them?

University Sit-Ins: Know Your Legal Options

Articles & Blogs Higher Education

Immigration Update: Home Office to Relax Documentation Requirements for Chinese Students

Thursday, 21 June 2018

In what has been seen as a welcome boost for universities, a recent change to the Immigration Rules is likely to make it much easier for Chinese students applying for Tier 4 visas.

Immigration Update: Home Office to Relax Documentary Requirements for Chinese Students

Articles & Blogs Higher Education

New Code and Accounts Direction on Senior Pay Published

Thursday, 21 June 2018

The Committee of University Chairs (CUC) has recently published its new remuneration code for senior staff in Higher Education.

New Code and Accounts Direction on Senior Pay Published

Articles & Blogs Data Protection Independent Schools

GDPR - What Next?

Thursday, 21 June 2018

So the deadline of 25 May has been and gone - and all our inboxes are clogged up with privacy notices from every organisation we have ever done business with. What now?

Data Protection Law

Articles & Blogs Independent Schools

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Pupil References - Tips and Guidance

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

We are seeing a rise in the number of complaints and claims arising from pupil references. Do schools have to provide references? What does your school risk if you get it wrong? We share some guidance to deal with these.

Providing Reference Letters

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

Drugs Prescribed 'Off Label' Deemed to Be Competing

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

The Italian competition regulator was right to consider a drug licensed to treat eye conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration (Lucentis) and another to treat tumours (Avastin) as competing, the European Court of Justice has ruled.

Drugs Prescribed 'Off Label' Deemed to Be Competing

Articles & Blogs Charities Independent Schools

Governor Benefits - A Broader and More Stringently Regulated Issue?

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

The voluntary principle that charity trustees - usually the governors in a charitable independent school setting - fulfil their roles without payment, is a deep part of sector culture.

Charity Law