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Amazon granted non-disclosure injunction against former employee

February 28th 2020
 

Amazon has been granted an injunction ordering a former employee to comply with the terms of his employment contract regarding the non-disclosure and non-use of confidential documents. The employee, Mr Tejan-Kella, had been an area manager for Amazon. He got into a dispute with the company and issued a claim in the Employment Tribunal. He was then dismissed on the basis that he had no right to work in the…

How cohabitants can protect their finances if their relationship breaks down

February 27th 2020
 

Cohabiting couples don’t have the same legal rights as married couples, which can cause major problems if their relationship breaks down. Many cohabitants think ahead and draw up a living together agreement that sets out in advance how their assets should be shared if they separate. This can help prevent confusion that often leads to bitter disputes. Couples without such agreements may have to start from scratch to assess who…

Taylor Chanter

Bereaved parents to be get 2 weeks’ leave under ‘Jack’s Law’

February 26th 2020
 

Bereaved parents will be entitled to 2 weeks’ statutory leave under new measures being introduced by the government. The Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Regulations, which will be known as Jack’s Law in memory of Jack Herd whose mother Lucy campaigned tirelessly on the issue, will implement a statutory right to a minimum of 2 weeks’ leave for employed parents if they lose a child under the age of 18.…

Company directors ‘should be held responsible for late payments’

February 24th 2020
 

Company directors should be held responsible for late payment of invoices, according to a survey of supply chain managers. The research, carried out by the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, found that seven out of 10 respondents believed there should be independent oversight and stronger penalties to prevent businesses abusing their suppliers. The survey also found that British businesses are being weighed down by a chronic culture of long…

Businesses urged to address veganism in diversity policies

February 20th 2020
 

Employers may need to update their diversity policies to include ethical veganism after an employment tribunal held that it was capable of being a protected belief under the Equality Act. The case, which attracted widespread publicity, involved Jordi Casamitjana, who was dismissed from his job with the campaign group, the League Against Cruel Sports. Mr Casamitjana brought a claim of unfair dismissal, saying that he was sacked because of his…

Director ordered to compensate creditors for cut price deal

February 17th 2020
 

A director has been ordered to compensate creditors after purchasing a property from his insolvent company in a cut-price deal. The case provided a landmark ruling on the extent to which a director’s duties remain in place after their business is placed in administration. The issue arose after System Building Services Group Ltd went into liquidation. While still a director, Brian Michie, bought from the company a property at what…

Mark Aspin

Employers ‘need strong policies against workplace harassment’

February 13th 2020
 

Employers are being urged to draw up comprehensive policies to protect their employees from  workplace harassment. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) says the policies should cover everything from physical intimidation to office banter and jokes. Commission chief executive Rebecca Hilsenrath has written an open letter to employers reminding them that “their employees must come to work knowing they will be safe and protected from discrimination, victimisation and harassment…

Claire Davies

Councils to get £4m to tackle rogue landlords and letting agents

February 11th 2020
 

The government has reinforced its commitment to protecting tenants in the private rental sector by awarding councils a total of £4 million to crack down on criminal landlords and letting agents. The new funding will be shared by more than 100 councils across England, enabling them to take enforcement action against offenders and advise tenants of their housing rights. If the measures prove successful, it’s likely that similar grants will…

Natalie Tatton

Cartmell Shepherd’s judging day with the Family Business Network

February 7th 2020
 

Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors are proud partners of the Family Business Network who are here to champion family businesses across the North West, recognising their achievements and celebrating their successes. Following our commitment to the previous Family Business Award Ceremonies we were asked to take part in the judging of the People’s Choice Award for the North West Family Business Awards. The People’s Choice Award is a nomination only category and…

My apprenticeship with Cartmell Shepherd

February 4th 2020
 

As it is National Apprenticeship Week I thought it would be helpful for anyone looking to start an apprenticeship to share my experiences so far in completing the Solicitor Apprenticeship with Cartmell Shepherd and BPP Law School. The Solicitor Apprenticeship was introduced in 2016 as a new route into law and very recently marked a successful 3 years of the scheme, I am a part of the 3rd cohort of…

Holly Moxon, Apprentice at Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors
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