Pitmans LLP today announced its successful Employment Appeal Tribunal Judgment which sets a precedent for expatriate employees to have claims against The British Council heard in the Employment Tribunal. This important decision sets out further circumstances which challenge the general principle that the employee’s place of employment is decisive in establishing which courts have jurisdiction. The Claimant’s claim for unfair dismissal, whistle blowing detriments and discrimination will now be heard later this year or early next year.Read article
The Insurance Act 2015 (“the 2015 Act”) came into force on 12 August 2016. It updates the law relating to non-consumer insurance contracts and amends the Consumer Insurance (Disclosure and Representations) Act 2012 (“the 2012 Act”).
While for many the prospect of a substantial inheritance would be viewed as a welcome windfall (however sad the circumstances), there are those who react to the prospect with considerable concern.
Oliver Pilkington, corporate partner, has advised Brandon Hill Capital in its role as broker to Vast Resources Plc in connection with a placing to raise approximately £1m.
The South London arts centre Fairfield Halls closed its doors on 15 July when the building was handed back to the Council ahead of a two year £30 million refurbishment project.
UKEAT/0081/15/RN UKEAT/0139/16/RN In June 2016 Pitmans acted for B & M Europe Limited (“B & M”), a recruitment agency, in a complex claim of direct race discrimination made by an IT Consultant. The Claimant’s work at the EPO was terminated, and it was alleged that the reason for this was his race.
Following Britain’s vote to leave the EU, the Pensions Regulator (“TPR”) has issued a guidance statement to trustees and sponsoring employees with their key messages on how to react to the decision.
Pitmans has launched a paid apprenticeship programme in partnership with the award winning legal apprenticeship specialists Damar Training. The scheme will create an opportunity for three young people interested in the legal sector to combine their studies with gaining valuable experience working for a law firm.
Numerous UK employment laws are linked to the EU for example, working time, discrimination rights, TUPE and agency workers rights. A UK government outside of the EU could re-write these laws. To do so though would require a political mandate. Would such a mandate be given or even sought?
We take a look at some of the significant cases in employment law so far this year.
The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) may not be something you have given much thought to as a tenant since they will essentially be a landlord’s problem. But if you occupy premises as a tenant, then there could be an impact on your organisation’s current lease or on any new lease you enter into if MEES are not met. Also, if you underlet then you would be a landlord in those circumstances in any event and so bound by the regulations.
The Court of Appeal has issued another decision confirming the limited effectiveness of contractual clauses which attempt to prohibit any variations to a contract that are not made in writing and agreed by both parties.
The High Court has recently considered whether a landlord breached its covenant for quiet enjoyment by carrying out rebuilding works (Timothy Taylor Ltd v Mayfair House Corporation and another  EWHC 1075 (Ch)).