Law Updates

Christmas is a time for giving and inheritance planning

3rd December 2019 by Aaron Spencer

Christmas is a time for giving and if you are struggling for ideas about what to give your nearest and...

Don’t let your digital assets end up in a digital grave

13th November 2019 by Joshua Williams

In 2018, according to Forbes, the top ten YouTube stars were earning between $14.5 and $22 million. The top earner...

Gig economy, worker status and Court of Justice of the European Union

4th November 2019 by Amanda Okill

Worker status is the holy grail in the gig economy, including the fields of taxi rides, food delivery and courier...

Calculating holiday pay and UK Working Time Regulations

31st October 2019 by Andrew Masters

Under the Working Time Regulations, all workers are entitled to 5.6 weeks’ paid annual leave, and in respect of each...

Disability and the effect of impairment

30th October 2019 by Tessa Robinson

A crucial aspect of the definition of disability under the Equality Act is that the effect of the impairment in...

Unfair dismissal and covert recording

30th October 2019 by Tessa Robinson

In unfair dismissal cases, both the compensatory and basic awards can be reduced by the tribunal, potentially to zero, based...

Are your job adverts accidentally putting off potential applicants?

30th October 2019 by Amanda Okill

A new LinkedIn report has looked at the language used in job adverts and found that certain things can deter...

Working Time Regulations and rest breaks

30th October 2019 by Amanda Okill

In Pazur v Lexington Catering Services Ltd  Mr Pazur was employed as a kitchen porter by a business that sent...

Constructive Dismissal and employee conduct

30th October 2019 by Andrew Masters

In Upton-Hanson Architects v Gyftaki the employee had exhausted her annual holiday entitlement when it became clear that she would...

Sexual harassment defined by the Equality Act

30th October 2019 by Amanda Okill

Harassment is defined in the Equality Act as unwanted conduct ‘related to a protected characteristic’ which either violates an employee’s...

Whistleblowing and unfair dismissal claims

30th October 2019 by Tessa Robinson

An employee who is dismissed for making a public interest disclosure – whistleblowing - does not have to have the...

Unfair dismissal claims and extensions of time limits

30th October 2019 by Tessa Robinson

Most employment claims should be brought within a three-month time limit. If it is not 'reasonably practicable' for an employee...

Employee discrimination claims and Injury to Feelings awards

30th October 2019 by Andrew Masters

If an employee wins a discrimination claim, the employment tribunal will award compensation for injury to feelings. There are three bands...

Can you make a Will by text message?

3rd October 2019 by Sarah Bogard

Can you make a French or English Will by text message? A recent joint conference of Kent Law Society members and...

The risks of DIY probate

3rd October 2019 by Christine Ward

An increasing number of executors choose to deal with an estate themselves when a close relative dies, but is this...

How to reduce the risk of attorneys falling out

17th September 2019 by Heather Dunlop

The steady rise in life expectancy means it is more important than ever that people appoint someone to take control...

What happens to our workforce if the free movement of people ends on 31 Oct 2019 if the UK leaves the EU?

9th September 2019 by Tessa Robinson

We have seen lots in the press about free movement ending on 31 October 2019 if the UK leaves the...

Mutual trust and confidence – and suspension

8th August 2019 by Amanda Okill

It is now well established that employers should think carefully before deciding to suspend an employee pending a disciplinary investigation....

Disciplinaries and criminal proceedings

8th August 2019 by Amanda Okill

In professional misconduct cases, a criminal investigation often sits alongside a disciplinary investigation. Employers do not want to wait for...

The Good Work Plan

8th August 2019 by Andrew Masters

Following the Taylor Review on Modern Working Practices, the government has proposed changes to employment law. The following changes to employment...