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Leading employment lawyer welcomes Chancellor’s furlough extension

March 3rd 2021

A LEADING employment law specialist has welcomed the move to extend the Government’s furlough scheme until the end of September. Joanne Stronach, Head of Employment Law and HR at legal firm Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors, said the move would give businesses time to recover following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions. The furlough scheme, which pays up to 80% of salaries to those who cannot work because of Covid-19 restrictions, was scheduled…

Stamp duty holiday extension welcome news for home-buyers …

March 3rd 2021

THE EXTENSION to the stamp duty holiday announced in the Budget today will come as a relief for home-buyers, says a solicitor at a leading legal firm. Jonathan Carroll who is a Director at Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors, said the extension of the March 31st deadline for three months would allow transactions currently underway to take place without the worry of paying the additional tax. The Treasury announced last July that…

Publisher granted injunction against its former chief executive

March 3rd 2021

A publishing company has been granted a further injunction preventing its former chief executive officer from disclosing sensitive information obtained during his employment. Mark Aspin Director & Head of Dispute Resolution reports. The executive had worked for the publisher until he was dismissed for gross misconduct in 2018. He threatened to bring employment tribunal proceedings, but the case was settled in July 2018. The settlement agreement defined what confidential information…

People making a will urged to include a Lasting Power of Attorney

March 1st 2021

People making or renewing their will are being urged to consider arranging a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) at the same time to protect their interests into the future. Megan Wilkinson Solicitor in our Wills, Probate & Inheritance team provides an update. It follows research carried out by the Law Society, which showed there had been an increase in the number of people drawing up a new will during the…

Supreme Court says Uber drivers are workers, not self-employed

February 24th 2021

The Supreme Court has ruled that Uber drivers should be classed as workers rather than as self-employed. Joanne Stronach Director & Head of Employment and HR provides an update. The distinction is crucial as it means drivers gain significant employments rights such as entitlement to the minimum wage and holiday pay. The court’s decision marks the end of a four-year legal battle between Uber and two of its former drivers,…

Ban on tenant evictions by bailiffs extended until end of March

February 23rd 2021

The ban on tenant evictions by bailiffs, which was imposed because of the Covid19 pandemic, has been extended until 31 March. Natalie Tatton, Solicitor in our Dispute Resolution team provides an update. Exemptions remain in place for the most serious circumstances that cause the greatest strain on landlords as well as other residents and neighbours, such as illegal occupation, anti-social behaviour and arrears of 6 months’ rent or more. The…

Manager was discriminated against while on maternity leave

February 22nd 2021

A middle-aged father who was overlooked for a role in the NHS because he was “very different” to the person who had previously held the position has won his claim of age discrimination. Joanne Stronach Director and Head of Employment & HR reports. Mr N Clements applied for the role as a band 7 project manager at Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust in June 2018. The interviews were…

Travel agency ‘wrong to use data from rival’s former employees’

February 18th 2021

The Court of Appeal has ruled that a travel agency was wrong to take client contact information disclosed by its competitor’s former employees and add it to its own computer database. Mark Aspin Director and Head of Dispute Resolution reports. The issue arose after the agency, Trailfinders, hired some employees from a rival agency, Travel Counsellors Ltd (TCL). Trailfinders expected new employees to bring their own customers and encouraged them…

Tenant not allowed to change defence over service charges

February 15th 2021

A commercial tenant has been refused permission to re-amend its defence to a service charge claim four weeks before trial. Stephanie Johnson Associate Solicitor reports. The court ruled that although the new defences had reasonable prospects of success, they could have been pleaded earlier and there was no good reason for the delay. The issue arose because the tenant refused to pay certain elements of the service charge relating to the…

1 in 10 workers ‘told to re-apply for their jobs on worse terms’

February 11th 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to nearly 1 in 10 workers being told to re-apply for their jobs on worse terms and conditions or face the sack, according to research by the TUC. Joanne Stronach Director & Head of Employment & HR reports. Almost a quarter say their working terms, such as pay or hours, have been downgraded since the first lockdown in March. The TUC commissioned an online survey of…

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