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Laura Johnson – solicitor in the Private Client team – on Rebecca Minnock & Ethan

I am sure that you will have seen the on the news the reports about Rebecca Minnock running away with her son, Ethan, following a judgement ordering Ethan to live with his father, Roger Williams. It is the events that followed the judgement in this case that made it so unusual and have resulted in... Read the rest of this entry →

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Care Home Fees Q&A: Karen Witter – partner in the Private Client team

Q: Although we are both fit and healthy now, my wife and I are worried that our home and savings might end up being used on care home fees in the future so that we won’t be able to leave our money to our children. We are in our early 60’s and have heard that... Read the rest of this entry →

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Laura Johnson Comments in The Divorce Magazine

Laura Johnson – solicitor in our Private Client team – shares her thoughts on why it’s important for parents to walk in the child’s shoes during a divorce. Her piece is in The Divorce Magazine and you can read it in full here. Laura’s expertise covers all aspects of Family Law and Private Client work.... Read the rest of this entry →

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Joshua Bragg on Buying Property at Auction

Having recently discussed property auction sales from a seller’s perspective, we now turn to looking at points to consider at property auctions from a purchaser’s perspective. There are some great advantages to purchasing property at auction rather than through a private sale. It can be a much quicker transaction and you can often achieve a... Read the rest of this entry →

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Employment Law Newsletter – May 2015

Welcome to our May 2015 Employment Law Newsletter, keeping you up to date with changes in employment law and informing you of recent case developments over the last month. There have been some interesting case law developments particularly with the ECJ as it has finally reached its decision in the Woolworths case (see below). CASE... Read the rest of this entry →

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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 to pursue them in the European Court of Human Rights.  It was to form the... Read the rest of this entry →

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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 2015. The guidance is titled ‘Changes to Adoption Leave and Pay from 5 April 2015:... Read the rest of this entry →

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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 this information will help to show people that ‘coming out’ can be a positive move... Read the rest of this entry →

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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 from her line manager who would touch her inappropriately, kiss her neck, make inappropriate comments... Read the rest of this entry →

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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. The tribunal decided to make a costs award against the claimant in the sum of... Read the rest of this entry →

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