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Kate Oldfield – managing partner and head of Clinical Negligence – discusses the worrying history of clinical drug trials

In recent years, several clinical trials have not been successful and have had devastating effects upon the volunteers taking part.  We heard just last month that one person had been left brain dead, and five others were hospitalised, after a clinical trial of a drug trial went wrong in France. This isn’t the first case... Read the rest of this entry →

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Rosemary Reynolds – trainee solicitor in our Property team – discusses Selling and Buying: Moving Up the Property Ladder

Moving house is said to be one of life’s most stressful moments but it doesn’t have to be. If you know what to expect and approach the process with an open and realistic attitude you can move into your future home with the minimum of fuss. To set the scene… you have found what you... Read the rest of this entry →

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Anna Bunting – partner in our Employment team – discusses Zero Hours Contracts: Where Are We Now?

A ‘Zero hours contract’ is an agreement between an employer and an individual with no guarantee of work. These agreements are used widely by employers in certain sectors, such as hospitality, where staffing needs can be unpredictable. Politicians have expressed concern over their use due to the potential for abuse by employers and this topic... Read the rest of this entry →

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Jennifer Smith – solicitor in our Property team – discusses the Upcoming Stamp Duty Changes

In the 2015 Autumn Statement, the government announced changes to the current stamp duty charging calculations in respect of the purchase of additional residential properties at a value of more that £40,000.  The proposed changes will mean that from April 2016, purchasers of a second property in England and Wales will have to pay a... Read the rest of this entry →

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Anita Shepherd – head of our Family Law department – addresses recent media coverage on divorce lawyers

Vultures according to the media or angels waiting in the wings?! There has been much talk in the media that January has the highest rate of divorce lawyer instructions and that this time of year it is rich pickings for divorce lawyers to maximise their profits.  From my experience this could not be any further... Read the rest of this entry →

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Anna Bunting – Partner in the Employment team – discusses the recent successful discrimination case brought against Starbucks by a Dyslexic employee.

A dyslexic employee who works for Starbucks was found by an Employment Tribunal to have been subjected to disability discrimination. She was wrongly accused of falsifying documents when she had in fact simply misread the numbers that she was recording. Ms Kumulchew was responsible for taking the water and fridge temperatures at specific times and... Read the rest of this entry →

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Employment Law Newsletter – February 2016

Welcome to our February 2016 Employment Law newsletter, keeping you up to date with changes in employment law and informing you of recent case law developments. DEVELOPMENTS IN LEGISLATION Zero Hour Contracts As we reported last month, the exclusivity terms in Zero Hour Contracts (Redress) Regulations 2015 came into force as of 11th January 2016. ... Read the rest of this entry →

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Damages for Injury to Feelings

Are damages for injury for feelings taxable?  The Claimant in Moorthy –v- The Commissioners of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs pursued a claim of unfair dismissal and age discrimination relating to his dismissal.  By way of settlement he received £200,000 with his employers treating the first £30,000 as tax exempt and deduct tax and basic... Read the rest of this entry →

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Personal Emails

The question of respect for private life and correspondence arose in the case of Barbeulescu –v- Romania in the European Court of Human Rights. The Claimant was an engineer who had used his business email account to send and receive personal messages with members of his family and fiancée.  This amounted to a breach of... Read the rest of this entry →

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Introduction of Penalty Notices for Unpaid Awards on Settlements

A response in Hansard suggests that the Government intends to bring the new “unpaid award penalties” into force as of April 2016.  The comment in Hansard states that the Government will issue a “warning notice” where an award or settlement remains unpaid.  If the warning is not adhered to they will receive a “penalty notice”... Read the rest of this entry →

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