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Our solicitors and lawyers regularly write about different legal topics and breaking news, we welcome your comments on our posts. Below you will find links to the latest articles from across the firm. If you would like more information on our services, please don't hesitate to get in touch on 0175 321 6399.

Employment tribunal fees 'unlawful'

Philip Richardson
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The Supreme Court has ruled that fees imposed for those bringing employment tribunal claims are 'unlawful' in a groundbreaking case. The government introduced the fees in 2013 with the aim of reducing the number of malicious and...

Discrimination and paternity leave

Maria Chadwick
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Under the Equality Act 2010 an employer must not discriminate against an employee; in the way they afford an employee access, or by not affording an employee access, to opportunities for promotion, transfer or training or for receiving any other benefit,...

Discrimination by association

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Associative discrimination arises when someone is treated unfavourably on the basis of another’s protected characteristic. Following the landmark case of Coleman v EBR Attridge Law (2008) , the European Court of Justice (ECJ) held that a person...

Can an uplift to 'injury to feelings' awards be applied in discrimination cases?

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In July 2012, the Court of Appeal’s decision in Simmons v Castle confirmed that a 10% increase in non-pecuniary damages should apply to personal injury and similar cases in the civil courts. This did not, however, extend to cases heard outside...

Inheritance tax revenue has reached a record high

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Inheritance tax (IHT) revenue has reached a record high at an annual total of £5 billion compared to the previous tax year when approximately £4.7 billion was collected, representing a 9% increase. One reason for this increase is due to the...

10 most common forms of pregnancy and maternity discrimination

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There has reportedly been a significant increase in the number of pregnancy and maternity discrimination claims brought to the employment tribunals in the last two years. However, it is important to consider the type of matters that could give rise...

Claiming for a personal injury accident abroad and the different regimes

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When planning a trip abroad the last thing holiday-makers want to think about is getting hurt or sick, however as more of us choose to travel abroad each year it is unfortunately inevitable that accidents will happen whilst away from home. If you have...

The Brexit Factor - Impact on commercial contracts

Thomas Baker
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Whilst the full and true effect of leaving the European Union is a much debated topic - and one still very uncertain - companies can still plan ahead to reduce the potential impacts. Market fluctuations, increase in material costs, changes in...

What impact will Department of Health proposals have on medical negligence cases?

Judith Thomas-Whittingham
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The Department of Health propose to introduce fixed recoverable costs in clinical negligence cases and place a restriction on the medical expert fees which are vital in investigating these cases. The current proposals set to introduce this regime for...

Too hot to handle? What does the law say on employee rights and temperature in the workplace?

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The recent heatwave that has struck Britain may have started to subside, but with temperatures still around 20°c and humidity at 90% questions concerning employees’ rights in hot temperatures are still circling. It might not happen often, but...

What the 2017 General Election could mean for the future of employment law?

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With the outcome of the UK general election still in disorder it is important to understand what impact each of the political parties in contention would have on the world of employment law if elected. Campaigning has come to a close but still we are no...

Apprenticeship levy - what you need to know

Adam Pennington
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The apprenticeship levy came into effect from 6 April 2017 and applies to employers in England, who have an annual pay bill above £3m. How is the levy calculated? The levy is 0.5 per cent of the annual pay bill. All employers will receive a...

Action Mesothelioma Day 2017

Clare Gammond
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Asbestos support groups up and down the country are taking part in this year’s Action Mesothelioma Day. In Manchester, the event takes place on Friday 7th July and will be marked by the symbolic release of doves, in memory of those who...

Annual leave - what are my entitlements?

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This time of year can be a busy time for annual leave requests. Whether you're a parent juggling childcare with work and school holidays, or an employer trying to keep your business running while the sun shines, it can sometimes be difficult to find...

Care costs 'more than half of home value' according to study

Jill Rushton
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Concerns about paying for residential care are nothing new. However, with more of us living into old age than ever before and increasing numbers of alzheimer’s and dementia diagnoses in old age, the prospect of making financial plans to pay for care...

Pregnancy & maternity discrimination - understanding your rights

Maria Chadwick
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  Any woman who has recently given birth or who is pregnant is protected from discrimination, at work and in her day to day life. Discrimination occurs when a woman is treated less favourably than others because of her pregnancy or maternity....

Does the general election result spell the end of the Human Rights Act 1998?

Adam Quick
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On Wednesday 7th June 2017, a day before the election, Theresa May announced her intention to “rip up human rights laws”. It was largely announced in line with the fight against terrorism, although repealing the Human Rights Act 1998 has long...

How short is a short marriage?

Amanda Rimmer
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How long is a short marriage and how should the assets be divided? The first has not been answered but the second has – effectively, with fairness.  Yesterday guidance was provided by the Court of Appeal on how it may be possible to divide...

Importance of shareholders agreements

Thomas Baker
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A shareholders agreement is an agreement between the owners of private company that is limited by shares. The purpose of the document is to regulate various aspects of the ownership of the business, how the business is run and protects the owners on a day...

Diabetes Awareness Week - 11th - 17th June

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Diabetes is one of the leading causes of amputation of the lower limbs throughout the world.  Diabetes UK notes that problems of the foot are the most frequent reasons for hospitalisation amongst patients who have diabetes. There are more than 20...

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