Legal Updates

STOP PRESS: Travelling to and from work counts as ‘working time’


The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has handed down its decision in the case of Federacion de Servicios Privados del Sindicato Comisiones Oberas v Tyco Integrated Secutory SL.

Will the floodgates open for Data Protection Act claims?


Quentin Golder explores a recent Court of Appeal decision

Gender diversity


Retaining top talent when you find it

STOP PRESS: Tribunal fees challenge rejected (again)


The Court of Appeal has handed down its decision in Unison’s legal challenge to the introduction of employment tribunal fees by the Government in July 2013.

Immigration Update - August 2015


In this month's update we cover the requirement to speak fluent English, right to rent checks, modern slavery and supply chains - annual statement required, a warning regarding degrees from certain 'universities' in India and restricted Certificates of Sponsorship.

Employment Law Update - Quick fire!


Latest employment law news.

Employment Law Update - Consultation: taxation of termination payments


The Government has published a new consultation on proposals for simplifying the tax and National Insurance treatment of termination payments.

Employment Law Update - Agency workers: the right to be informed of job vacancies


The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considers the scope of the right for agency workers to be informed of vacancies at the end-user company.

Employment Law Update - Derogatory comments on Facebook


An employee was found by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) to have been fairly dismissed for derogatory comments made on Facebook two years previously.

Intellectual Property Enterprise Court: Achieving its aims an independent report concludes


The introduction of reforms to the courts dealing with IP claims began in 2010 while the Patents County Court (PCC) was still in place.

Private Lives: Trusts for disabled persons


We frequently hear from individuals who would like to make financial provision for the care of family members who lack the capacity to care and provide for themselves.

Private Lives: The Generation Game


As family businesses grow they can become complex, in terms both of family relationships and the business structure and often there are no documents or even discussions to aid the younger generation’s understanding of the organisation or vision of the business.

Private Lives: Farming divorces - the top tips


Farming divorces can be complex. Farmers are often income light but capital heavy.

Private Lives: Disputes over jointly owned property


People own jointly held property, whether it be residential, agricultural or commercial, for many different reasons: siblings may inherit property under a will; friends may club together to get onto the ‘property ladder’; couples looking to set up home together may choose to buy a property together – and so the list continues.

Private Lives: Flexible estate planning using deeds of variation and wills


Ed Miliband hit the headlines earlier this year after a suggestion he had used a deed of variation to mitigate Inheritance Tax (IHT) was met by a predictable howl from the press.

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