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Employment Tribunal awards officer more than £400,000

Employment Tribunal awards officer more than £400,000

A police firearms officer is to receive a six-figure payout after successfully taking a race discrimination claim to Tribunal. Nadeem Saddique will receive £457,664 following a two-day remedy hearing, which concluded earlier this week. Last year, a Judge had ruled that PC Saddique had been victimised by both senior officers and colleagues at Cleveland Police….

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November 4, 2016
Posted in Blog, Family Law

Britain set to opt in to new family law regulations

Britain set to opt in to new family law regulations

The Ministry of Justice has argued that the UK should opt into EU regulations relating to cross-border family law matters. The European Commission has outlined plans to implement a new framework to help couples resolve disputes relating to those divorce proceedings and childcare which straddle international borders. The system will replace the Brussels IIA regulation,…

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November 2, 2016
Posted in Blog, Family Law

Gender discrimination fears prevent young women from pursuing certain careers, says study

Gender discrimination fears prevent young women from pursuing certain careers, says study

A new study has suggested that young women in the UK feel deterred from working in the property, building and construction industries, because they fear that gender discrimination would hold them back in their careers. The research, carried out by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in collaboration with YouGov, suggested that two in…

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November 1, 2016
Posted in Blog, Employment

Children could be left without legal guardianship if parents do not write a will

Children could be left without legal guardianship if parents do not write a will

A new study suggests that more than half of UK parents have not made a will – effectively leaving their children without legal guardianship in the event of an unexpected death. Parents are being warned that, without appointing a guardian for their dependents, a guardian will be appointed for their children by a Court in…

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November 1, 2016
Posted in Blog, Family Law

Crucial Tribunal finds in favour of Uber workers

Crucial Tribunal finds in favour of Uber workers

A landmark employment case has been settled in favour of Uber drivers, with a Tribunal ruling that they should be classed as workers rather than self-employed. The decision follows a hearing in July, in which two members of the workforce argued that the company exercised significant control over them, while denying them the basic rights…

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November 1, 2016
Posted in Blog, Employment

Dangerous overcrowding and “mass panic” incite health and safety investigation on Southern Rail network

Dangerous overcrowding and “mass panic” incite health and safety investigation on Southern Rail network

Dangerous overcrowding and “mass panic in crowds” on the Southern Rail network have sparked a health and safety inquiry, the Association of British Commuters (ABC) has announced. The regulator said it had been “inundated” with complaints, which had peaked during the summer’s strike action. It has asked the Department for Transport (DfT) if these risks…

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November 1, 2016
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Christian bakers lose appeal against discrimination ruling

Christian bakers lose appeal against discrimination ruling

A bakery previously found guilty of discrimination over its refusal to produce a cake supporting gay marriage has failed in its bid to have the ruling overturned. Ashers Bakery, based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, had declined to make a cake carrying the slogan “Support Gay Marriage”, which has been requested ahead of the International Day…

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October 27, 2016
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Firms ordered to pay £214k after HSE investigation

Firms ordered to pay £214k after HSE investigation

A UK borehole drilling company and site owner have been ordered to collectively pay more than £214,000 over health and safety failings which led to an employee sustaining “life-changing injuries”. Norwich-based TW Page and Son and North Walsham-based LF Papworth were sentenced on Monday 24 October at Norwich Crown Court, following an extensive investigation by…

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October 25, 2016
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Government proposes ‘minimum bedroom size’ for HMOs

Government proposes ‘minimum bedroom size’ for HMOs

The Government has outlined plans to clamp down on ‘rogue landlords’ in the UK by introducing a new ‘minimum bedroom size’ for homes in multiple occupation (HMO). The news follows a controversial case in December 2015, which saw a Tribunal rule against Oxford City Council in a dispute with a landlord who was seeking to…

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October 24, 2016
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Couple embroiled in bitter boundary dispute over garden hedge

Couple embroiled in bitter boundary dispute over garden hedge

A UK couple have found themselves embroiled in a bitter boundary dispute with their neighbours over the ownership of a garden hedge. Steve and Sandra Marshall, East Yorkshire, first fell out with their neighbours nearly four years ago when they discovered that part of a hedge which they believed to be theirs had been trimmed…

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October 21, 2016
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