Davis Blank Furniss has seen, and predicts it will continue to see, a growing demand for its Professional Negligence services over the coming months. The biggest demand is coming from clients who have received incorrect advice from employment law solicitors. The firm expects a rise of around 20% in these types of enquiries over the... Read the rest of this entry →
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Shiva Shadi – Head of Employment – discusses yesterday’s news that employers can put self-isolating staff on furlough.
It has been reported that a little known provision of the government’s job retention (furlough) scheme has come to light in recent days. It can be used by employers to cover payments for employees who are self-isolating. This means that employers can furlough self-isolating staff and claim (the normal) 80% of that employees salary from... Read the rest of this entry →
Shiva Shadi – Head of Employment – shares the latest Employment Law updates and news including the Furlough Scheme, Shielding, and changes to the IR35 rules
Furlough Guidance Update There was certainly a sigh of relief for many businesses and their employees when the Government confirmed that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme was to be extended until 30th September 2021. However, again, like we saw last year, the current terms whereby the Government pays a contribution of 80% (up to £2,500.00)... Read the rest of this entry →
Kate Oldfield – Managing Partner and Head of Personal Injury – on why health and safety should remain front and centre for employers.
The last year has been a struggle for many businesses. It has been a difficult balancing act to keep companies going, often coping with just a skeleton staff. Despite this, health and safety should still be at the forefront of business owners’ minds, as the sentencing possibilities are potentially huge, including unlimited fines and/or a... Read the rest of this entry →
Ameliah McLaren-Parker – Solicitor in our Private Client team: Making a Will in contemplation of a marriage or civil partnership
Has your wedding been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic? Have you and your partner decided to delay making Wills until your nuptials have taken place? If so, you do not need to wait until your big day in order to get your affairs in order. What is the effect of marriage/Civil Partnership on an... Read the rest of this entry →
Lauren Sever – Corporate, Commercial & Employment Solicitor – discusses today’s UK supreme court ruling that Uber drivers are workers.
The UK supreme court has today (19th February 2021) dismissed Uber’s appeal against an employment tribunal ruling that stated its drivers should be classed as workers and receive paid holidays and the minimum wage. The unanimous decision backed the October 2016 employment tribunal ruling that could affect millions of workers in the gig economy (which... Read the rest of this entry →
Richard Hamilton – Head of Property at Davis Blank Furniss – on why the imminent ending of the stamp duty holiday needs a rethink
The stamp duty holiday, which was introduced last year, has been of huge benefit to the housing market and wider economy. As a firm, we have seen a surge in transactions but there are now real concerns about what will happen once it comes to an end on 31st March – especially for those sales... Read the rest of this entry →
A (so-called) “battle of the forms” arises where two parties enter into negotiations with the intention of entering into a contract and each party attempts to conclude the contract on their own standard terms and conditions. The scenario often arises in negotiations between commercial suppliers and buyers of goods. In every case, in order to... Read the rest of this entry →
Kate Oldfield, Head of our Medical Negligence Team, discusses the increase in instructions relating to the failure to diagnose Endometriosis
Endometriosis is a very significant problem and one that myself and my colleagues in the Medical Negligence team are hearing more about from our clients. The government has recently commissioned an in-depth review and published a report setting out the findings. Endometriosis is the name given to the condition where cells similar to ones lining... Read the rest of this entry →
Caroline Bilous – Head of the Family team – tackles the biggest misconceptions around Financial Orders
Throughout my career I have worked hard to explain to my clients what they can expect from the divorce process and to clarify and pre-empt some of the very common misconceptions when it comes to their separation. One of the biggest is that once a divorce is finalised then this brings an end to any... Read the rest of this entry →