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Shiva Shadi – head of Employment – asks: Will the Tories reduce the Human Rights of British Residents?

The European Convention on Human Rights was developed by the UK and others following World War II. In 1998, the Human Rights Act was established in order to enable access to human rights here in the UK instead of having …

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BIS Guidance

Do you need guidance on the changes to adoption leave and pay? The Department for Business Innovation and Skills has published technical guidance for employers about the changes to adoption leave and pay that came into effect on 5 April …

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Lord Browne on Sexual Orientation

The cross-bench peer Lord Browne shares his views on lesbian, gay, bisexual or transsexual people in senior roles stating that companies should set-out how many people in senior roles are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transsexual. Lord Browne feels that providing …

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Harassment of a Zero Hours Contract Worker

In the case of Southern Britannia Hotels Ltd and another, the claimant was a 22 year old waitress with a history of mental health issues working on a zero hours contract in a hotel. The claimant alleged gender related harassment …

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Costs in Employment Tribunals

In the case of Chadburn v Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospital NHS Foundation and another the tribunal had to consider whether they should award costs against a claimant that had acted unreasonably when she made-up claims of discrimination against her employer. …

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Woolworths and Ethel Austin Collective Redundancies

The ECJ has now handed down its judgment in the case of USDAW and another v WW Realisation 1 Ltd (in liquidation), Ethel Austin Ltd and another. In this case former employees of the high street stores Woolworths and Ethel …

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Anita Shepherd – head of the Family team: Don’t neglect your emotional needs when facing relationship difficulties or a breakdown.

It is very important to be emotionally ready when making important decisions regarding a relationship breakdown. I have found that during my 16 years of working as a family lawyer, clients feel compelled or pressured to make major life decisions …

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Sonio Singh – partner at Davis Blank Furniss – on: ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT INCENTIVES (EMI) – REWARDING EMPLOYEES AND TAX BENEFITS.

Whilst the M&A market continues to gain momentum as confidence returns to the economy,  EMI share option schemes still remain very popular in incentivising key employees/executives.  EMI schemes are excellent tools for SMEs in a wide range of sectors given …

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Rosemary Reynolds – trainee solicitor at Davis Blank Furniss – discusses… Property Management: General Terms of Purchase and why you need them.

Many people assume that a standard set of terms and conditions are only used in the sale of goods/ provision of services but they can be an effective and versatile way for a property manager to set out their expectations …

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Property Newsletter – May 2015

Welcome to the latest departmental newsletter from Davis Blank Furniss. Our focus this time is on our Property department. DeBrieF OPINION Jennifer Smith – solicitor in our Property department – discusses things to consider before purchasing a buy to let …

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