Update on Shared Parental Leave case

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This update follows our update in July last year regarding Mr Ali’s claim of sex discrimination because he was not paid enhanced pay whilst on Shared Parental Leave like those on maternity leave. Capita, the respondent and employer in this case, took this to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (the EAT).  The EAT has upheld their appeal. It stated that the decision of the original Tribunal was based on an incorrect finding that the purpose of maternity leave and pay is…

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Leasehold vs Freehold

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There are a number of differences between Freehold and Leasehold properties and whether a property is Freehold or Leasehold can be an important consideration when purchasing a property. With a freehold property, you own the building and the land outright. You would not have to pay ground rent or service charges to a landlord but you will normally be solely responsible for any repair and maintenance. With a leasehold property you own the dwelling rather the land it is on….

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The end of “Meal Ticket” divorce settlements

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In 2012 Kim Waggott was awarded £9.76 Million and £175,000 per year maintenance for life. However she applied to increase the amount, and her former husband challenged the original award. The result was the court not only refused to increase the maintenance, but provided for it to end in March 2021. Therefore she lost her lifetime maintenance (and incurred a very large legal bill). Whilst press coverage has been rather lurid, in fact this should not have been a surprise:…

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April updates in Employment Law

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It is the time of year which sees the statutory rates for payments such as maternity pay and sick pay increase, as well as the national minimum wage. See here for our pdf setting out these changes. Employers considering using settlement agreements should also note the changes to the taxation of termination payments. On 6 April 2018, all payments in lieu of notice, even where there is no contractual pay in lieu of notice (PILON) clause, will be subject to…

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When is cancer protected under the Equality Act 2010?

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This case below of Lofty –v- Hamis (EAT) deals with the question of when under the Equality Act 2010 does cancer become automatically deemed as a disability. The Equality Act currently has a Schedule 1 which lists those illnesses and diseases which are automatically deemed to be a disability, therefore attracting protection under the Equality Act. Mrs Lofty was a café assistant and following a biopsy of a blemish on her cheek, she was found to have lentigo maligna which…

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Exam success in STEP for our private client Solicitor

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We are delighted to announce that Clare Ridout in our Wills, Probate and Trusts department has successfully gained her STEP qualification. The STEP Diploma is a highly regarded academic qualification in the practice area of Will, Probate and Trusts. It covers a wide array of subject matter in estate, trusts and tax. Partner, and Head of our Wills, Probate and Trusts department, James Sawers, said “We congratulate Clare on this impressive achievement and we are delighted that all her hard…

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I’m going through a difficult separation: why not share it on facebook?

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On the whole, social media is a useful and effective tool for sharing information between friends, businesses and the world generally. For most, it is a very positive and welcome innovation, which has developed enormously over the past 10 years or so. As the use and range of social media increases, however, so does the tendency to blur the distinction between private and public information. This is an issue that arises frequently in family law, as very few people are…

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Five Fair Reasons

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When an employer is considering ending an employee’s employment, it is vital that regardless of their length of service the employer considers their reasons for dismissing that employee.  Although most employment protection with regards to unfair dismissal requires two years of service, employees, and workers, have other protection under the law from day one. Under employment legislation there are five fair reasons for dismissing an employee and these are as follows: Conduct Capability Redundancy Breach of statutory obligation Some other…

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Why should you be careful if you are moving house?

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There have been many warnings not to give away too much information on social media websites, such as Facebook or Twitter as fraudsters are combing them for details. Property sales are targets for scammers and a type of fraud now known as ‘Friday afternoon frauds’ have become big business for them.  This involves fake emails asking for a deposit and other money to be transferred to the criminal’s account.  Fraudsters have intercepted email exchanges between solicitor and client, then just…

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Employers get ready for GDPR

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On 25 May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect in the UK.  This  is aimed at strengthening and harmonising data protection laws across the European Union.  It is planned that the UK will retain the GDPR following Brexit and has introduced a Data Protection Bill to replace the Data Protection Act 1998. Only last week the Government was encouraging businesses to get ready for GDPR. Likewise, employers would be wise to familiarise themselves with GDPR…

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