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  • An Employee's Return From Maternity Leave Needs Sensitive Handling

    5th June 2018

    An employee's return to work following maternity leave is often a sensitive moment and needs very careful handling. The point was clearly made by one case in which a human resources...

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  • Shared Parental Pay and Enhanced Maternity Rights – Father Loses Discrimination Claim

    5th June 2018

    The introduction of the Shared Parental Leave Regulations 2014 has given eligible parents more flexibility as to how leave can be taken after the birth or adoption of a child....

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  • Director Address Disclosures – Changes

    5th June 2018

    Recent changes have made it easier for company directors to withhold disclosure of their private addresses in publicly filed documents. Prior to 2009, the usual residential address of all company...

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  • Holiday Pay for Term-Time Workers

    5th June 2018

    A part-time music teacher who worked on a zero-hours contract mostly during term-time has had her claim for unlawful deduction from wages upheld by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) on...

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  • Faulty Electrics Necessitate Lease Interpretation

    29th May 2018

    Many commercial leases provide that the formal document represents the entirety of the agreement, superseding any prior agreements that may have been reached. An important Court of Appeal ruling has, however,...

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  • Bullied Transgender Shop Assistant Wins Compensation

    23rd May 2018

    There can really be no excuse for a modern employer not to have in place comprehensive anti-discrimination policies that are fully understood by all workers.In one case that illustrates the...

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  • Unhappy With an Arbitration Decision? Don't Delay Your Appeal In the interests of swift dispute resolution, contract arbitration

    22nd May 2018

    In the interests of swift dispute resolution, contract arbitrations are subject to strict time limits at every stage and any failure to comply with them can have disastrous consequences.That was...

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  • Care Home Burns Victim Awarded £1.5 Million Compensation

    15th May 2018

    Lightning does sometimes strike twice in the same place and some people very sadly suffer more than their fair share of tragedy.That was certainly so in one case, in which...

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  • Disability Discrimination – EAT Rules on Definition of Cancer

    15th May 2018

    Under Paragraph 6 of Schedule 1 of the Equality Act 2010, a person who has cancer is deemed to be disabled and is therefore protected under the Act without the...

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  • Do You Understand Your Duties as a Director?

    15th May 2018

    Directors have a wide range of legal duties that do not always coincide with their own interests, and seeking expert legal advice is the best way of ensuring that these...

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  • The Taxation of Termination Payments

    2nd May 2018

    The rules governing the taxation of termination payments are being tightened from 6 April 2018 by means of legislation to amend Chapter 3, Part 6 of the Income Tax (Earnings...

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  • Fail to Comply With Court Orders and Prison May Await

    2nd May 2018

    When a couple divorced in early 2017, the financial agreement made included the provision that the wife should be allowed to remain in the first-floor flat she occupied until completion...

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  • Brilliant IT Worker Run Down by Speeding Car Wins £9.5 Million Payout

    1st May 2018

    Road accidents that happen in a split second can wreck lives forever, and that is why it is so important that specialist lawyers are there to help. In one recent...

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  • Have You Been Harmed by Asbestos? Don't Delay in Seeking Legal Advice!

    1st May 2018

    Asbestos exposure has blighted many thousands of lives and those affected are routinely awarded substantial compensation. However, as one High Court case showed, timing is vital in such cases and...

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  • Construction Costs Not Recoverable

    30th April 2018

    Contract adjudicators provide an essential service but, if they get things wrong, the High Court is always there as a back-stop.In one case on point, a developer won back over...

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  • Auto-Enrolment – Increase in Minimum Required Contribution Levels

    30th April 2018

    Under the Pensions Act 2008, every employer in the UK has a duty to enrol certain staff into a pension scheme and contribute towards it.Employers are reminded that the minimum...

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  • Supreme Court Supports Mother Who Changed Mind Over Return to Australia

    30th April 2018

    Divorces where there is an international dimension often present specific issues, and a recent case involving a couple who had been living in Australia before they separated is no exception,...

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  • Chippenham Business Awards 2018

    30th April 2018

    Awdry Bailey & Douglas were proud to once again be title sponsors of the Chippenham Business Awards, which took place on Thursday 22nd February 2018 at the Neeld, Chippenham.TV presenter...

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