Lay Me Off/ Lay Off Me!

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The Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that a contractual term allowing an employer to lay an employee off due to lack of work is not subject to an implied requirement that this be limited to a reasonable time. Mr Craig worked in Computer Aided Design. He had been laid off due to shortage of work by… Read more

Your Employer Is Watching You

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There has been a lot of media publicity in the last day or so about a Judgment of the European Court of Human Rights confirming that an employee’s human rights were not breached when his employer accessed his personal messages on their electronic systems. In fact this decision will not have come as any great… Read more

New Year Opening Hours

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Our Offices will close for the New Year break at 1.00pm on the 31st December and reopen at 9.00am on Monday 4th January. We wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Happy Christmas

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Our Offices will close for the Christmas break at midday on the 23rd December and reopen at 9.00am on Tuesday 29th December. We wish you all a Merry Christmas.

Speak English or Else!

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The Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that an Employment Tribunal was right to find that an employer did not discriminate against or harass an employee on grounds of race when it instructed her not to speak Russian in the workplace. Mrs Kelly worked for laboratories which carried out, amongst other things, animal testing. As a result… Read more

Voicemails Speak Volumes!

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Lucy Allan, MP for Telford, is at the centre of another row  after allegations that she bullied an employee in a series of voicemail messages. This follows recent controversy over claims that the MP fabricated a supposed death threat in an email message that she had received from an anti-war protester. Arianne Plumbley was employed on… Read more

The Devil is in the Detail

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  The ink is barely dry on the Bank of England’s Financial Stability Report and a couple of days later we have the minutes of the FPC meeting that informed its contents. The Report itself had a fair bit to say about Buy to Let but buried in the Minutes we have the following:-   … Read more

ECHR BansThe Burqa! (Sort Of)

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The European Court of Human Rights has held that France did not breach the human rights of a Muslim woman whose contract was not renewed because she refused to remove an Islamic headscarf in the workplace. The lady in question was engaged under a fixed term contract in a psychiatric unit at a hospital in… Read more

Compensation Going Up (A Bit)

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The Government has announced that some increases to the amounts that the Employment Tribunal can award. These will take effect from 6th April 2015 for causes of action arising on or after that date (e.g. the date of dismissal.) The maximum for a “week’s pay” for the purposes of the Unfair Dismissal Basic Award or… Read more

Are You Off Sick, On Holiday Or Both?

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The Employment Appeal Tribunal has handed down a Judgment  that helpfully clarifies the law around entitlement to holiday pay whilst off sick. Mr Plumb was a printer. As a result of an accident in April 2010 he was off work continuously until February 2014 at which point his employment was terminated.   He did not take… Read more

Are You Off Sick, On Holiday Or Both?

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The Employment Appeal Tribunal has handed down a Judgment  that helpfully clarifies the law around entitlement to holiday pay whilst off sick. Mr Plumb was a printer. As a result of an accident in April 2010 he was off work continuously until February 2014 at which point his employment was terminated.   He did not take… Read more

Divorce In Staffordshire On The Rise?

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Staffordshire Living magazine have a new article on their website looking at the options available to couples when a relationship hits hard times. Where couples simply can’t stay together they highlight the benefits of using the collaborative law approach as an alternative to the more adversarial court proceedings. In the collaborative divorce process the solicitors… Read more

Collaborative Law – A Better Way To Divorce

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Nick Wynn-Williams the head of our Family Law Department in Wolverhampton is helping to pioneer a revolutionary approach which helps reduce the emotional and financial cost on couples and their children when families split. Instead of dealing through solicitors, the new approach, called collaborative law, involves couples working with their solicitors, all together in the same… Read more

Help for Young Victims of Domestic Violence

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The Government has expanded the official definition of domestic violence to include young people under 18. They hope that this change will help to increase awareness that young people in this age group do experience domestic violence and abuse as was high-lighted in the 2009/2010 British Crime Survey which found that 16-19 year-olds were the… Read more

Children and Divorce

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Research by Resolution has shown that the overwhelming majority of people in the West Midlands believe that putting children’s interests first or avoiding conflict are the most important factors if going through divorce. More than four out of five people (83%) say that putting children’s interests first would be their most or second most important… Read more

An End To Equal Share Presumption?

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The Law Commission is launching a consultation today as part of its review of the law relating to financial provision on divorce. In particular they’ll be looking to what extent one spouse should be required to meet the other’s financial needs, at what exactly is meant by needs and at what happens to property that… Read more

How do I stop someone contesting my Will?

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There is a common misconception that simply by leaving someone out of a Will or by providing for them by making a small bequest that this will be enough to stop them from contesting the Will. The plain fact is that there is no clause that you can include or provision which you can make… Read more