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Monthly Archives: April 2015

Charlotte Fielding Talks ‘Passing Off’ with the SME Club

Some say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but, in business, imitation by a competitor can lead to lost profits. Another company may copy your name, logo, branding or website (your “Mark”) with a view to confusing your customers into contacting them rather than you. In some cases, the imitation is so blatant that... Read the rest of this entry →

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Kate Oldfield Chats Fashion & Dressing Down with Solicitors Journal

Kate Oldfield – our managing partner – is often called upon to comment on issues surrounding the firm and her specialist areas of Medical Negligence and Personal Injury. However, her latest interview is more of the sartorial kind as she spoke to the Dressed Down Friday column in Solicitors Journal about embracing style over fashion... Read the rest of this entry →

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Employment Law Newsletter – April 2015

Welcome to our April 2015 Employment Law Newsletter, keeping you up to date with changes in employment law and informing you of recent case law developments over the last month. It was an unusually quiet month in terms of case law, although the long awaited case of Locke -v- British Gas took a step further... Read the rest of this entry →

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Shared Parental Leave – Babies due on or after 5th April 2015

Do you have a policy in place? Have you decided what value of pay you will apply? Have you decided whether you can only accommodate a continuous block of leave or disbursed block of leave? If the answer is ‘No’ to any of the above and you require some guidance on a Shared Parental Leave... Read the rest of this entry →

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Revised ACAS Code of Practice

The change to the ACAS Code of Practice on disciplinaries reflects the EAT Judgment in Toal -v- GB Oils and came into effect from 11th March 2015. The revision confirms that employers must agree to a worker’s request to be accompanied to a disciplinary or grievance meeting by their chosen companion, whether it’s a colleague... Read the rest of this entry →

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Disability and Constructive Knowledge: Donelien -v- Liberata UK Limited, EAT

In this case the EAT had to consider whether an employer had constructive knowledge of an employee’s disability where the employer had relied on an occupational health report which had been flawed with discrepancies but had nonetheless taken some other measures too. In this case the EAT held that the employer had taken reasonable steps,... Read the rest of this entry →

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Holiday Pay: Locke -v- British Gas, ET

Mr Locke had claimed that the commission he had earned should be taken into account when calculating his holiday pay so that he would not lose income by taking annual leave. Following the ECJ’s decision last year, which we have reported extensively on in our previous updates, the Employment Tribunal has now held that Mr... Read the rest of this entry →

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Anita Shepherd: VOICE OF THE CHILD

The Voice of the Child Dispute Resolution Advisory Group (the Group), has published its final report dated March 2015. It was set up to ensure that: • Steps are taken to promote child inclusive practice in out of court dispute resolution processes. • The child’s voice is heard in all private family law proceedings which... Read the rest of this entry →

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