Pub manager was sexually harassed by ‘jovial’ co-worker

September 30th 2019

by Joanne Stronach Head of Employment & HR A pub manager has won a sexual harassment claim after a senior co-worker engaged in ‘poor taste humour’. The Employment Tribunal judge said the case showed that a person’s dignity can be violated even when there is no ‘malicious intent’ on the part of the perpetrator. Ms J Prewett had worked for Greene King for 23 years. She was manager of the Big…

Joanne Stronach

NHS director ‘was not discriminated against’ over religious beliefs

September 23rd 2019

by Joanne Stronach Head of Employment & HR An NHS director who was suspended after he made controversial comments based on his religious beliefs has failed with his discrimination claim. Richard Page was a non-executive director of an NHS and social care trust, and held a position as a lay magistrate in the family court. He was a practising Christian and had strong views against same-sex couples being suitable adoptive parents.…

Joanne Stronach

Airport not liable for employee’s ‘racist’ social media post

September 16th 2019

by Joanne Stronach Head of Employment & HR A security officer at Heathrow airport was unable to hold his employers liable for a racially offensive image he was subjected to on his colleague’s social media account. Mr O Forbes said he suffered harassment, victimisation and discrimination after fellow security officer Deborah Stevens posted to her personal Facebook page a picture of a ‘golliwog’ with the caption: “Let’s see how far…

Joanne Stronach

Daring challenge for ‘Fab-seiling Four who care’

September 13th 2019

Two of them struggle with the height of a stepladder, while the remaining members of the team are in no way relishing the prospect of taking the plunge. But fear and trepidation will not stop this band of brave women from raising funds for a clutch of good causes. The collective group who are ‘Fab-seiling for others’ will abseil down the side of one of Cumbria’s highest fire service training…


Manager unfairly dismissed after locking customer in bank

September 12th 2019

by Claire Davies Director A diabetic bank manager was discriminated against after being dismissed following an incident that saw him lock a customer in the branch. Mr B Kuppala was employed by HBOS for 14 years and worked his way up to manager of its Oxford Street Halifax branch. However, due to his diabetes, he made numerous security errors including leaving the keys to the branch in the doors and…

Claire Davies

Warning to employers as number of disabled people in work rises

September 9th 2019

By Carol Fish Director and Head of Serious & Catastrophic Injury Department The government has warned employers that disabled people should not be considered a burden or prevented from enjoying fulfilling careers. The latest figures from the Department for Work and Pensions show that a record number of people have been supported by the Access to Work scheme, with 36,240 having received the grant in the last 12 months. Government…

Carol Fish

Ambitious solicitor delighted to join dynamic Cumbrian firm

September 6th 2019

LEADING legal firm Cartmell Shepherd has recruited an ambitious solicitor to further strengthen its team. Natalie Tatton joins the UK200 Group business as a solicitor in its dispute resolution department. Natalie, a former law graduate of the University of Cumbria, had previously trained with Brockbanks in West Cumbria at the same time as completing her Legal Practice Course at Northumbria University. Natalie qualified as a solicitor in May 2018. Based…

Landlord wins dispute with tenant over service charge for insurance

September 5th 2019

By Natalie Tatton Solicitor A landlord has won a dispute with a tenant over service charges for insurance dating back nearly 15 years. The case involved a tenant who held the lease of a flat in a building comprising of three flats and a commercial unit. Under the lease, the tenant covenanted to contribute one-sixth of the building’s specified costs and expenses, including insurance, through the service charge. Between 2005…

Natalie Tatton

Help to Buy scheme to start allowing 35-year mortgages

September 2nd 2019

By Elizabeth Crouch Head of Residential Conveyancing Homeowners buying a property under Help to Buy are now allowed to take out 35-year mortgages. The government has moved to close what it describes as a loophole, which has seen purchasers using the scheme facing difficulties and uncertainty if they wanted to take out a mortgage with a term of more than 25 years. Under the changes, which are taking effect immediately,…

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