Legal Updates

Employment Law Update - Type II diabetes and disability


The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has considered whether a tribunal was correct to find that an employee with type 2 diabetes was not disabled under the provisions of the Equality Act 2010.

Employment Law Update - Reliance on a mobility clause during redundancy


The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has considered whether two employees were dismissed for redundancy, when they refused to comply with a contractual mobility clause.

Employment Law Update - Holiday requests and religious discrimination


The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has upheld a decision that an employer’s refusal to grant an employee five weeks of consecutive holiday did not amount to discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief.

Minimum income requirement for spouse applications deemed lawful


The Supreme Court unanimously held that the minimum income requirement (MIR) is acceptable in principle but that the Immigration Rules and the Caseworkers Instructions unlawfully fail to take proper account of the duty towards children.

Employment Law Update - Quick Fire! - February 2017


Online Tribunal judgments, new rates of National Minimum wage, new guidance on gender pay gap reporting and more are covered in this month's Quick Fire!

Employment Law Update - Pimlico Plumber was a ‘worker’


The Court of Appeal has handed down its decision in the case of Pimlico Plumbers Ltd & Anor v Smith

Ongoing spouse maintenance


In a further case from the Court of Appeal relating to maintenance, the court has ordered that a husband should increase the monthly payment to his ex-wife, 15 years after separation

Charity fundraising conference: 21 February 2017


The Charity Commission, Fundraising Regulator and Information Commissioner’s Office – will be holding a free conference aimed at charity trustees

Unbreak my housing market: Valentine’s Day reflections on the White Paper


Last week’s Housing White Paper promised to turn around the housing market. This briefing focuses on the planning aspects of the White Paper, identifying what is likely to change first, and how you can prepare for it.

Land Registry to solve the housing crisis?


It seems unlikely doesn’t it? Nonetheless tucked away amongst the 105 pages of the ‘Fixing our broken housing market’ White Paper was a quick dig (and some suggested reform) of the Land Registry.

Pimlico Plumber was a 'worker'


The Court of Appeal has today handed down its decision in the case of Pimlico Plumbers Ltd & Anor v Smith, in which Pimlico Plumbers (PP) was appealing against the decisions of both the employment tribunal and the EAT that Mr Smith was a ‘worker’ rather than being self-employed.

EastEnders, The Queen Vic and licensing law


As viewers of last night’s episode of EastEnders have learnt, breaching the terms of your licence conditions can have devastating effects: both on your business and on the individuals concerned.

Move over Millennials – and other headlines from the Housing White Paper


The Government published the long-overdue Housing White Paper today. Some of the proposals are exactly what was expected while others will come as more of a surprise. In some key areas there is - disappointingly - still no clear position.

Rhetoric or reality? Actions speak louder than words when it comes to housing provision


This article explores the enduring problem of providing houses for the ‘working classes’ and links it to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill currently being debated in the House of Lords. It will be of relevance to those charities in the housing, infrastructure and planning sphere.

Corporate borrowing – a focus on key terms


Many different types of funding options are available to a borrower, from an increasingly wide variety of finance providers. Here we look at one of the most common types: the bank loan.

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