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Direct Discrimination

In Lee –v- Ashers Baking Company Ltd and Others the Supreme Court has held that it is not directly discriminatory for a Christian baker to refuse to bake a cake containing a message which supports gay marriage. This case has played out in the media for some time as well as the Courts.   Ashers owners,... Read the rest of this entry →

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Discrimination – Philosophical Belief

In the case of Gray –v- Mulberry the EAT held that  where the employee is the only person to hold such a belief an employer could not have discriminated on the grounds of that philosophical belief. Ms Gray worked for Mulberry but refused to sign a clause assigning copyright in her work to her employer. ... Read the rest of this entry →

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Disability Discrimination

In the case of Dunn –v- Secretary of State for Justice and another, the Court of Appeal held that a badly handled ill health retirement procedure did not amount to disability discrimination. Mr Dunne was employed as a prison inspector but became ill with depression and a serious heart condition.  He applied for early retirement... Read the rest of this entry →

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Minimum Wage and Sleep

The Court of Appeal has held in the case of MenCap –v- Tomlinson – Blake that carers who sleep at client’s homes and are therefore “on call” are not entitled to minimum wage whilst they are asleep. The Court of Appeal decided that such workers should only be entitled to count sleep-in hours for minimum... Read the rest of this entry →

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Holiday Pay – Voluntary Overtime

Holiday pay continues to be a developing area through case law.  The case of Flowers –v- East of England Ambulance Trust revisited the question of whether voluntary overtime should be taken into account when calculating holiday pay.  The facts of the case involved ambulance crews whose contracts provided for ”non-guaranteed” overtime, which was mandatory, and... Read the rest of this entry →

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Dates of our Glossop LPA Week 2018 Confirmed

We will be holding our annual Lasting Powers of Attorney Week from Monday 5th to Friday 9th November at our Ellison Street office. A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) enables you to appoint a trusted friend, relative or professional to make decisions about your finances, property and personal welfare in the event that you are... Read the rest of this entry →

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Suzanne Thompson – solicitor in our Corporate & Commercial department – explains what is an entire agreement clause and why should it be included in a commercial contract

What is an entire agreement clause? An entire agreement clause (also known as a whole agreement clause) is usually one of the last so-called “boiler plate” clauses you find in a commercial contract. It is a contractual provision which aims to prevent the party relying on it from being liable for any statements or representations... Read the rest of this entry →

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Suzanne Thompson – Solicitor in our Corporate & Commercial department – discusses how businesses are to lose Own Name defence in UK trade mark actions by 2019 in exchange for “bright line” rule

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) recently confirmed that businesses are set to lose the ability to rely on the own name defence to defeat UK trade mark infringement claims, provided for by Section 11 (2) (a) of the Trade Marks Act 1994 via Article 6(1)(a) of the Trade Mark Directive 2008/95 (the TMD) (the Own... Read the rest of this entry →

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Lewis Thompson – Solicitor in our Private Client Team – discusses The Supreme Court Ruling on End of Life Treatment, Court of Protection and The Benefits of Making a Lasting Power of Attorney

On the 30th July this year, The Supreme Court made a landmark ruling that, where experts and loved ones agree, there is now no longer a need for court approval to withdraw CANH (Clinically Assisted Nutrition and Hydration ) for patients in a permanent vegetative state. Before the ruling, doctors and family members would need... Read the rest of this entry →

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Charlotte Tyrer – Trainee Solicitor in our Corporate and Commercial department – discusses the European Commission initiative to boost small business growth

The European Commission has announced new regulatory initiatives which aim to promote small and medium enterprises (SME) growth markets as part of its Capital Markets Union.  There have been a number of previous key proposals aimed at SMEs, including on crowdfunding and venture capital finance and the European Commission is now looking to further ease... Read the rest of this entry →

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