​Legal Blog

  • Man on phone - shocked

    Violence at work - Does disparity of treatment render a dismissal unfair?

    by Philomena Price | Nov 19, 2015 |
    If an employee has two years’ service, then when considering a dismissal relating to conduct, an employer needs to act reasonably in the investigation, the process, the conclusions and the sanction imposed. One of the things that an employer also needs to consider is consistency of treatment. Inconsistency in punishments for misconduct may give rise to a finding of unfair dismissal. This really relates to where employees misbehave in much the same way. In these circumstances employees should have punishments vetted out to them in much the same way.
    Full story
  • Europe Sign in street

    Do you have a property in Europe?

    by Lucy Gordon | Nov 18, 2015 |
    If you have a property in Europe, have you ever considered what happens to it on your death? The position is complex, and each country has its own rules with regard to succession on death, and also which country’s law applies if immoveable assets are owned abroad or by a deceased non-national.
    Full story
  • Pound sign in coins

    National Minimum Wage Rates from 1 October 2015 and the National Living Wage

    by Philomena Price | Oct 21, 2015 |
    There are currently different rates of national minimum wage (NMW) for four categories of worker.
    Full story
  • Grandmother and baby

    Working Grandparents will be entitled to shared parental leave and pay

    by Philomena Price | Oct 21, 2015 |
    On 5th October 2015 it was announced by George Osbourne that he will extend shared parental leave and pay to working grandparents. The aim is to implement this by 2018 following a consultation in the first half of 2016.
    Full story
  • Alarm Clock

    “Working Time” includes travel time to the first and from the last customers of the day for peripatetic workers

    by Philomena Price | Oct 21, 2015 |
    It sounds like a simple question doesn’t it? However, the Regulations governing this question are complex, and have given rise to a considerable amount of litigation. The latest litigation concerns travel time to first and from last customers of the day and for those who do not have a fixed or habitual place of work. This case has arisen as the European Directive which was implemented in Great Britain by the Working Time Regulations 1998 does not define whether travel to and from a place of work or between places of work should be considered as “working time”.
    Full story
  • Outsourcing notepad

    Optimising Value from Outsourced Collections

    by | Oct 19, 2015 |
    Outsourcing collections can be an effective method of recovering payment from bad debtors. In some cases the only prompting a debtor needs to pay is a letter advising them a “Debt Recovery Specialist” has been appointed.
    Full story
  • Fraud

    Abuse of Position of Trust - Lasting Powers of Attorney

    by Julia Routen | Oct 07, 2015 |
    A recent Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners’ report has given the results of a survey by KPMG. They have found an increase by a factor of 5 in fraud committed against elderly relatives. Apparently £1.7 million has been stolen by younger relatives from the elderly donors of Powers of Attorney. It seems that the fraud is most often (72%) committed by those who are over 45 i.e. those who do not feel that they need to wait for their inheritance!
    Full story
  • Wills - pen and glasses

    Forthcoming new laws to curb illegal working and protect the exploitation of migrant workers

    by Philomena Price | Sep 24, 2015 |
    With the migrant crisis being headline daily news, it should be noted that the government has published the Immigration Bill 2015-2016. This intended legislation contains proposals to curb illegal working and protect the exploitation of migrant workers, as outlined in the Queen's speech which was delivered on 27 May 2015.
    Full story
  • Social Media & Web Blocks

    Fair dismissal for derogatory comments against employer on Facebook

    by Philomena Price | Sep 24, 2015 |
    The massive increase in social media is certainly still creating issues for employers in the workplace. In a recent case it was held fair to dismiss an employee that had made derogatory comments about his employer on Facebook. This case is a useful reminder to employers of the importance of maintaining an effective social media policy and to employees of the importance of exercising caution when posting online.
    Full story
  • To Let sign

    Give us a break!

    by Kyle Wyness | Sep 24, 2015 |
    A break clause is a provision in a lease which enables either the landlord or the tenant, or indeed both, to terminate the fixed term of a lease. For tenants in particular this has been a boon during the recent challenging economic times as by exercising their break clause, they have been able to re-negotiate more favourable lease terms.
    Full story

Legal Blog Filter

select

select

Contact us

Social Media twitter red Follow us @se_law