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Religious beliefs in the workplace

Employers will be aware that religion and belief is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act. The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) provides for the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This includes the right to manifest...

Longer Lives Mean Higher Compensation - Boy Wins £26 Million from NHS

Happily, disabled people can live long lives and that is one reason why compensation awards to those who have been injured by negligence frequently run into seven or even eight figures. A case on point concerned an eight-year-old boy who is expected to live...

Employment tribunal claims are on the rise

The Ministry of Justice publishes quarterly statistics for claims in the employment tribunal, which is a mix of good and bad news. The latest statistics show single claims, for the period 1 January to 31 March 2019 in comparison to the same period in 2018,...

What Counts as 'Time Work'?

A recent case illustrates that decisions as to whether time spent by a worker who is on call counts as 'time work' for the purposes of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) legislation are highly dependent on the individual facts ( Frudd and Another v The...

Instruction Sufficient to Allow Third Party Reliance on Arrangements

The purchase of properties abroad is a process that can be replete with disputes and financial losses for the unwary or unadvised. Whilst some foreign countries have presented few issues, others have had more chequered histories. Recently, investors went...

Essex law firm announces new intellectual property capability

Birkett Long is delighted to announce it has a new intellectual property capability, appointing Jonathan Perlmutter as the Head of Intellectual Property (IP). Jonathan has been working in intellectual property law for 13 years and came with an impressive...

Owner of Fire-Damaged Factory Triumphs in High Court Insurance Dispute

Almost all businesses are insured against fire damage but, when the worst happens, insurers are understandably anxious to make sure they do not pay out any more than they have to. That situation provides fertile ground for dispute, which was certainly so...

Time of the Essence in Overturning Agreements Made Under Duress

We have often stressed the importance of obtaining high-quality legal advice in any dispute and starting any necessary legal action as soon as possible, and a recent divorce dispute illustrates why . It involved a couple who were divorced in 2015. The...

LPA Error Means Court Appearance

It is normally essential when creating a legal document to get the procedures right, and failure to do so can cause unnecessary complications. A recent case dealt with the problem of what happens if a person creates a document that contains an error but...

Wife Subjected to Violent Ordeal By Husband Awarded £75,000 Damages

In any civilised society, the state has a monopoly on punishing criminals – but that does not mean victims of violent offences must go uncompensated. The point was proved by a case in which a woman who was subjected to physical and sexual assaults by...
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