Pragmatic & proactive
We provide proactive pragmatic general day to day advice on all employment issues.
Practical & responsive
Our solicitors have all gained considerable experience working for major UK law firms. The fact that we are a niche practice allows us to respond flexibly, sympathetically and in a more cost effective way.
We are experienced in advising both partners and partnerships particularly in relation to retirement of partners or members. We seek to deal with such matters in a practical and sensitive way.
We advise our employer clients on all aspects of business related immigration to assist them with hiring, relocating and retaining staff who are subject to UK immigration control.
The Government has published its response to consultation on the tax treatment of termination payments. The stated aim is provide support to those who lose their jobs, to simplify the rules, provide certainty, fairness and limit abuse or manipulation. ... read more
The House of Commons Justice Committee has warned that those unfairly dismissed by their employers are being denied access to justice as a result of the introduction of ET fees. The Committee concluded that major changes are needed to restore access to the ET system, following a decline of almost 70 per cent in the number of cases brought, believing the majority of the decline to be attributable to the introduction of fees. ... read more
Faithorn Farrell Timms LLP v Bailey is the first EAT decision on section 111A of the ERA 1996, which introduced the concept of pre-termination negotiation (PTN) to provide greater flexibility for employers and employees to confidentially discuss termination arrangements. ... read more
In Achbita & anor v G4S Secure Solutions NV, the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice expressed the opinion that G4S’ ban on wearing any religious, political or philosophical symbols was not directly discriminatory against a Muslim woman who was unable to wear her headscarf in the workplace. ... read more
The Supreme Court has held, in the cases of Taiwo v Olaigbe & another and Onu v Akwiwu & another, that the mistreatment of migrant workers as a result of their vulnerable immigration status did not amount to discrimination on the grounds of nationality contrary to the Equality Act 2010. ... read more
The EAT has recently held, in Carreras v United First Partners Research, that expecting or assuming that an employee will work late can amount to a “provision, criterion or practice” for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010. ... read more
A recent Court of Appeal decision has confirmed that the territorial jurisdiction test established in Lawson v Serco Ltd, must also be met under the Equality Act 2010. Further, the CA held that this test must be applied in an equally stringent manner. ... read more
The Trade Union Act 2016 recently received Royal Assent and when implemented will introduce a number of significant changes affecting industrial action and trade unions. ... read more
In the recent case of Peninsula Business Services Ltd v Donaldson, the EAT held that it was not discriminatory for an employer to suspend childcare vouchers (“CCVs”) during maternity leave where they are funded through a salary sacrifice arrangement. However, where CCVs are an additional benefit on top of salary, an employer must continue to provide them. ... read more
The EAT has recently issued its decision in Lock v British Gas Trading Ltd. You may recall from the widely published ET judgment that Mr Lock was a salesman for British Gas. Although he received a basic salary, much of his remuneration was commission driven, dependent on the sales he made. When Mr Lock took his holiday entitlement he received his basic salary and any commission previously earned but payable at that time. He was not able to earn commission while on annual leave and therefore his remuneration decreased. Mr Lock argued that this was contrary to EU law and that commission should be included in the calculation of holiday pay. ... read more
In Plumb v Duncan Print Group Ltd, the EAT has held that a worker cannot accrue holiday indefinitely on long term sickness absence. However, there is no requirement for that worker to show s/he was not able to take holiday in order to benefit from carry over. ... read more
The ECJ has now issued its decision in USDAW and anor v VW Realisation 1 Ltd and ors. The case was referred by the CA and involved the closure of Woolworths and Ethel Austin stores across the UK. It was alleged that there had been a failure to collectively consult, which in a redundancy context arises when an employer proposes 20 or more redundancies at an establishment, within 90 days. ... read more
In Lock and ors v British Gas Trading Ltd and anor, the ET has now held that the Working Time Regulations 1998 can be read in a way which is compatible with EU law so as to include commission payments in the calculation of holiday pay. ... read more