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  • 3 April 2013

    The new Children and Families Bill

    The new Children and Families Bill passed its second reading on 25 February 2013 in the House of Commons.  The Bill extends the statutory rights that both parents have in their children’s upbringing. Read more

  • 28 March 2013

    Progress on employment law reform

    Our employment team reports on the latest Government announcements relating to the ongoing programme of employment law reform. Read more

  • 27 March 2013

    Legal Aid no longer available for family law cases

    On 1 April 2013 the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 comes into force, which aims to trim the existing £2.2 billion legal aid bill by £350 million.  Read more

  • 26 March 2013

    Increases to statutory employment payments

    A reminder of the annual increases to statutory employment payments, taking effect from 6 and 7 April 2013. 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 14 February 2013

    Children and Families Bill published

    The Government has published its Children and Families Bill, setting out a wide range of reforms, including the introduction of shared parental leave and the extension of the right to request flexible working to all employees. 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