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  • 22 March 2013

    Full compliance with Acas Code not always necessary

    The EAT has ruled that an employer who had not fully complied with the disciplinary process set out in the Acas Code of Practice, had not unfairly dismissed an employee. Read more

  • 6 March 2013

    Unfair redundancy selection process

    In a recent decision, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has criticised an employer for basing its redundancy selection process on competency tests.  Read more

  • 6 March 2013

    “Balls of Steeles”: Local solicitors to face Devil’s Challenge 2013

    On Sunday 10 March, intrepid members of staff from Steeles Law will embark on the Devil’s Challenge 2013, a gruelling 7 mile 4x4 course over the notorious Devil’s Pit at Barton Le Clay, Bedfordshire, to raise funds for the Neuroblastoma Children’s Cancer Alliance. Read more

  • 5 March 2013

    Requirement for degree was age discrimination

    Following remission from the Supreme Court, an employment tribunal has decided that the requirement for an employee to hold a law degree in order to progress up the career structure was not objectively justified and was therefore discriminatory on the grounds of age.  Read more

  • 5 March 2013

    Increase to parental leave entitlement in force

    An increase to the maximum parental leave entitlement, from 13 to 18 weeks per child, takes effect from 8 March 2013.  Read more

  • 28 February 2013

    News about divorce lawyers being greedy is “an unfair generalisation”

    A report published by the Legal Ombudsman today (28 February), entitled “The Costs of Separation”, has featured highly in today’s news.  The report found that divorce lawyers have the highest number of complaints from clients, compared with other areas of law.  The report also found that some divorce lawyers are failing to advise their clients to settle financial matters out of Court, therefore resulting in unnecessary costs. Read more

  • 15 February 2013

    HFI Farnborough LLP and others v Park Garage Group plc

    Michael Fahy and Robert Hickford consider the case of HFI Farnborough LLP and others v Park Garage Group plc [2013] EWHC 6 (Ch) and highlight the importance of taking legal advice when including break clauses in contracts. Read more

  • 15 February 2013

    Close Brothers Ltd v Ridsdale and others

    Michael Fahy and Robert Hickford consider the case of Close Brothers Ltd v Ridsdale and others [2012] EWHC 3090 (QB) regarding a well-known merchant bank’s claim against three defendants who failed to repay money guaranteed under a facility letter, which was subsequently varied by an extended facility letter. Read more

  • 15 February 2013

    Taylor v Couch

    Michael Fahy and Robert Hickford consider the case of Taylor v Couch [2012] EWHC 1213 (Ch) regarding a claim for the right to buy additional land from its seller, which was opposed under section 9(2) Perpetuities and Accumulations Act 1964. Read more

  • 14 February 2013

    Government proposals on ending the employment relationship

    The Government has published its response to the recent consultation, Ending the Employment Relationship, setting out its plans for amending the unfair dismissal compensatory award and proposed measures to encourage the use of ‘settlement agreements’.  ACAS has since issued its own consultation on a new Code of Practice on Settlement Agreements. Read more