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Employment and BLHR team

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The Employment and BLHR team listens to the needs and objectives of our clients, whether they are individuals seeking advice about their employment or a potential claim or a business needing guidance on how to resolve a situation with an employee. Our advice is commercial and pragmatic whilst taking into account the legalities. 

All members of the team are happy to discuss the background of your situation over the telephone for an initial 15 minutes, at no cost, to see if the matter is something we can assist with and if future costs are worthwhile for you.

Martin Hopkins

Birkett Long celebrates 200 years

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2021 marks Birkett Long’s 200-year anniversary and we are looking forward to a year of celebrations with our local communities, employees, clients and all those that have been involved in our history and making us what we are today. 200 years’...

Making the most of...our community

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Birkett Long has people and community at its heart. Since 2002, the firm has raised in excess of £350,000 for charities, but the aim is always to be involved. Birkett Long undertakes to provide practical, as well as financial, help wherever...

Starbucks in hot water after being successfully sued by employee

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“I‘m sure I was not the only one to take an interest in the recent news about Starbucks being successfully sued by one of its employees for disability discrimination. Meseret Kumulchew brought a claim against Starbucks alleging disability...

Uber driver - employment status

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Claims against the taxi hailing app operator Uber have recently been issued in the Central London Employment Tribunal. Supported by the GMB union Uber drivers are claiming protection including entitlement to National Minimum Wage and holiday pay. The claims...


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In a surprise move yesterday George Osborne announced the introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW). This will apply from April 2016 to workers aged 25 and over. The rate will be £7.20 per hour increasing to an estimated £9 per hour plus by...

Carcraft and whistl stories

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The recent decision to close the Carcraft second hand car company and to suspend operations at Whistl, the postal delivery business, reminded me that trading conditions in some industries continue to be difficult and that in the circumstances redundancies...

RMT strike

  • Posted With the dust of the recent election nowhere near settled, the new Conservative government is already promising to follow through on one of its manifesto commitments. It is not unusual for employment legislation...

Equal Pay Act claims finally reach the private sector?

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In a development which I have been warning my large employer clients about for some years, it seems that employees in the private sector are finally waking up to the potential to bring Equal Pay Act claims against their private sector employers. Over 400...

Fall in employment tribunal claims - down to introduction of fees?

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In some combative language, to say the least, Matthew Hancock, the Minister for Education and Business, has commented on the recent drop in the total number of tribunal cases. Recent figures show a 79% fall in the number of tribunal cases for the last three...

MEPs propose 20 weeks maternity leave at full pay

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I note with interest, and some incredulity, the latest proposal coming out of the European Parliament that paid maternity leave be extended to 20 weeks full pay for employees in all member states. At a time when a number of European countries have crippling...

Supreme Court refers important TUPE outsourcing question to the European Court of Justice

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The Supreme Court made a referral to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) last week that has relevance to the outsourcing of public sector contracts to the private sector. This is an area that I have been advising on for a number of years for private sector...