Legal Updates

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
20th December 2017

We take a look at what we can expect from an employment law perspective in 2018. Legislation Gender pay gap reporting. The Gender Pay Gap Reporting Regulations came into force on 6 April 2017.   It requires certain employers to publish ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
7th December 2017

Until now, cases about the financial side of a divorce or civil partnership dissolution have been decided by District Judges with a variety of expertise, not always in matrimonial finances. This has led to frustration being expressed ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
4th December 2017

Background Under the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR) holiday may only be taken in the leave year in respect of which it is due (regulation 13(9)). A worker must therefore take their holiday within the leave year or it is lost (with ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
29th November 2017

You may have heard people talk about “living wills”.  Whereas a standard Will deals with who inherits your money and property on your death, a living will can be used to make decisions in advance about your wishes regarding particular ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
9th November 2017

Of late, we are sadly reading reports in the press of more and more instances of property fraud. This is where fraudsters sell or mortgage properties which they do not own and abscond with the proceeds.  The Land Registry have ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
16th October 2017

The Working Time Directive (WTD) and therefore the Working Time Regulations (WTR), which implements the WTD for the UK, states that workers must have the right to paid holiday.  The aim with respect to this paid holiday is to ensure ...

Divorce definition text with gold wedding ring concept
11th October 2017

Many couples going through a divorce have assets to divide between them, such as a family home, investments and pensions. However, often in our work matters are complicated by the fact that the parties own a business together. Very few ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
25th September 2017

‘Work related stress’ as a reason for absence can send chills through any HR manager because such sickness absence is not easily cured with a week of rest or a dose of antibiotics.  It requires careful handling, patience and time. ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
6th September 2017

The Equality Act 2010 prohibits discrimination in respect of the nine “protected characteristics” of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, ...

Main entrance of the Supreme Court in London
31st July 2017

Judgment has recently been given on a momentous case in the matter of R (on the application of Unison) (Appellent) v Lord Chancellor (Respondent), which was Unison’s challenge against employment tribunal fees. Employment tribunal fees ...

Father holding his baby girl
5th July 2017

This case considers sex discrimination and pay during shared parental leave.  Shared parental leave was introduced in 5 April 2015.  It allows a woman who is on maternity leave to give up her maternity leave and instead allow ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
15th June 2017

We have previously highlighted that Workplace Mediation can be one way of resolving disagreements in the workplace. However, in some cases, a Settlement Agreement may be one sensible option for both parties to consider and they are ...