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Family Law Newsletter – February 2017

Happy New Year to those of you we have not yet spoken to, met or connected with this year and a very warm welcome to our latest Family Law newsletter. DeBrieF FACT SHEET Anita Shepherd – Partner and Head of …

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Anita Shepherd – partner and head of Family – discusses High Court ruling ordering the return of a child living in Singapore with grandparents since July 2013 to mother in England

This case highlights the risks in the UK which is a multicultural society where children are caught in the middle of an international custody battle.  It highlights that the parents desire is not paramount, as the needs of the children …

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Kirsty Morbey – associate solicitor in our Family team – discusses the proposed Family Court reforms to address domestic violence and contact

A recent campaign by the charity Women’s Aid to highlight the potential danger of allowing violent fathers to have contact with their children, has now received the support of Senior Family Court Judges. Women’s Aid has identified that 19 children …

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Employment Law Newsletter – January 2017

Happy New Year to those we have not spoken to yet this year. Although the festive season already feels like many moons ago and the Easter break is far away on the horizon, you will no doubt be kept occupied …

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Considering Expired Warnings in a Dismissal

The EAT in Stratford v Auto Trail VR Ltd (31 October 2016) had to consider whether dismissal for gross misconduct using expired warnings could be fair. The employee in this case committed an act that would normally only attract a …

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Mobility Clauses in Employment Contracts

The Employment Appeal Tribunal in Kellogg Brown & Root (UK) Ltd v (1) Fitton UKEAT/0205/16 and (2) Ewer (21 November 2016) had to consider appeals on a number of points including whether a mobility clause in a contract of employment …

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Is Type 2 Diabetes a Disability?

In the case of Taylor v Ladbrokes Betting and Gaming Ltd (16 December 2016) the EAT held that the Employment Tribunal had failed to properly consider whether Type 2 Diabetes was a progressive condition amounting to a disability under the …

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Bringing a Claim after Signing COT3

The EAT held that a second claim for disability discrimination could be brought by an employee even though a COT3 form had been used to settle the employee’s earlier claim. In the case of Department of Working Pensions v Brindley …

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Edward Moss – solicitor in our Personal Injury team – asks: Have You Been Ill Whilst On A Package Holiday?

Have you been ill whilst on a package holiday?  If so, British law may be able to help. If you have booked a package holiday and you become ill whilst abroad then you may be able to rely upon the …

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Robert Parkinson – solicitor in our Property department – considers whether house prices will rise in 2017

UK house price growth appeared to remain stable throughout 2016. According to Zoopla, house prices grew much faster in eastern England and also the West Midlands. However, it has been reported that house prices in London fell by 8.7% (according …

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