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  • 17 June 2015

    Good Landlord Practice Series: 2

    So now you have established that your property is fit for purpose, what are your obligations in respect of who you can/should be renting to? Read more

  • 10 June 2015

    Good Landlord Practice Series: 1

    Taking on the responsibility of becoming a landlord is not simply a question of profit or convenience in respect of the use of an unoccupied property.  The regulation of the growing private sector is aiming to address a number of long running issues, which affect both tenants and landlords alike. Read more

  • 29 May 2015

    Employee fairly dismissed for disobeying instruction not to contact ICO

    Mr Barton was employed by the Royal Borough of Greenwich (Greenwich) as a tenancy relations officer. He was an elected union shop steward and a health and safety representative. In 2011 a colleague, Mr Oree, contacted Mr Barton, expressing concern that his manager, Ms Thomas, had emailed "hundreds of documents and emails" to her home computer. Mr Oree believed that these documents contained confidential personal data about himself. Read more

  • 29 May 2015

    Holiday pay: British Gas to appeal decision in Lock

    In a recent article, we discussed the case of Lock v British Gas, in which an employment tribunal held that commission payments should be taken into account when calculating holiday pay. Read more

  • 29 May 2015

    Woolworths Case: ECJ judgment

    The ECJ has given its judgment in the Woolworths case, concerning collective redundancy consultation. It has ruled that, when deciding if collective redundancy consultation is required, each "establishment" should be treated separately and the EU Directive does not require the number of dismissals in all of an employer's different sites to be aggregated. Read more

  • 29 May 2015

    Costs can be awarded even if an employee cannot afford to pay

    An employment tribunal can decide whether to make a costs order. The recent case of Chadburn v Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospital NHS Foundation Trust makes it clear that, in making its decision, the tribunal will not only consider what the claimant can afford to pay at the time the costs award is made but may take future income into account. Read more

  • 29 May 2015

    Criminal test for dishonesty does not apply in alleged misconduct cases

    Mrs Gondalia had been a cashier at Tesco for 16 years. Tesco operates a policy whereby if a customer is charged full price for a product that is marked at a discount, they will refund double the amount that has been overcharged. Gondalia noticed that customers were being charged full price for Easter eggs that were marked at a discount. She finished her shift and on two occasions purchased a number of Easter eggs at full price and then took them to Customer Services to claim double the difference. She did not hide what she was doing and made it clear that she knew the eggs were wrongly marked but was still given the double the difference refund of £18. Following an investigation and disciplinary proceedings, Mrs Gondalia was dismissed for gross misconduct. Read more

  • 20 May 2015

    Increase in “round table meetings” following divorce

    Steeles Law's family law team has reported a rise in the number of clients going through divorce wishing to take part in "round table meetings". Read more

  • 18 May 2015

    Using confidential information in a new job

    The law provides protection for a business’ confidential information. This protection is often strengthened through formal confidentiality provisions in contracts or specific non-disclosure agreements. However, there can often be considerable uncertainty as to whether knowledge that an employee develops is confidential information protected in law, or whether it is the employee's own knowledge that he is free to exploit elsewhere after his employment. Read more

  • 11 May 2015

    Court allows Consent Order to be varied

    Orders setting out financial settlements upon divorce are commonly referred to as Consent Orders and are intended to be final.  Occasionally, an event may occur shortly after the Consent Order is made but beyond the period normally allowed for an appeal, which undermines the whole basis upon which the order was made. Read more