Take notice of notice provisions in leases

June 30th, 2017

It is important for both landlords and tenants to properly follow the terms of leases/tenancy agreements in relation to the service of notices otherwise the notice served may be invalid. Laura Bushaway, a Senior Associate in our property litigation team, examines the recent Court of Appeal decision in Grimes v. The Trustees of Essex Farmers … Continue reading “Take notice of notice provisions in leases”

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Joelson’s immigration team questions new Government plans

June 28th, 2017

This week the Government unveiled its plans for the residency rights of EU citizens post-Brexit, calling for the creation of a new ‘settled status’. This status would be offered to EU citizens once they have lived in the UK legally and continuously for five years, but Jennifer Maxwell-Harris, partner in the Joelson employment & immigration … Continue reading “Joelson’s immigration team questions new Government plans”

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Value of hiring over 55s missed

June 22nd, 2017

It is not uncommon in a number of UK employment sectors for employees over 55 to be viewed as being ‘over the hill’ and therefore surplus to requirements. Exits of these individuals often result in threatened claims for age discrimination which are uncapped and can be of substantial value if the individual can show they … Continue reading “Value of hiring over 55s missed”

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The ever increasing risk and importance of references

June 14th, 2017

References are always an important factor for any departing employee. Employers are not legally obliged to provide a reference and hence a departing employee under a settlement agreement will usually want included an obligation on the employer to give a pre-agreed reference. Employers in the non-financial services regulated sectors will often give a short form … Continue reading “The ever increasing risk and importance of references”

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Employer welcomes Claimant’s decision to drop Employment Tribunal claim

June 1st, 2017

Asset Management firm says it feels vindicated after ex-employee withdraws high profile £1million claim on only the second day of proceedings. A City financial services firm has welcomed the decision by a former employee to withdraw a £1million claim against it. Paul Newton, who had worked as a hedge fund manager at Balyasny Europe Asset … Continue reading “Employer welcomes Claimant’s decision to drop Employment Tribunal claim”

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Election HR Fever

June 1st, 2017

What the main parties are saying about what employment law changes they will make. Conservatives The national living wage is to rise “in line with average earnings by 2022”. The commitment to this rate increasing to 60% of median hourly earnings by 2020 (around £8.75) remains. Plan to introduce a statutory right for workers to … Continue reading “Election HR Fever”

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Guest Article: Managing Senior Level Performance Without Blood on the Floor

June 1st, 2017

John Renz shares his HRD experience of dealing with performance issues. Quite often when we talk about work-based performance we think about competence in fairly narrow terms and/or conduct, i.e. when someone consistently fails to meet expectations in terms of effectiveness in their role, or if aspects of their behaviour breach the expected standard. Such … Continue reading “Guest Article: Managing Senior Level Performance Without Blood on the Floor”

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Traders secures victory in unfair dismissal case

May 31st, 2017

A former currency trader investigated for alleged market rigging, has been successful in his Employment Tribunal claim for unfair dismissal. Perry Stimpson, who had been employed by Citigroup Inc for over 25 years, had launched legal action after claiming that he had been dismissed during an investigation into market rigging allegations. While a Judge had … Continue reading “Traders secures victory in unfair dismissal case”

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Resignation following code of conduct breach

May 31st, 2017

Forgetting to declare a possible conflict of interest has cost a senior figure at Threadneedle Street her job. Charlotte Hogg, who was due to become the deputy governor at the Bank of England, agreed to resign after it emerged that she had neglected to disclose that her brother was employed by Barclays. Her oversight, which … Continue reading “Resignation following code of conduct breach”

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Plan to abolish tax-free exit payments dropped

May 31st, 2017

A plan to abolish the £30,000 tax-free sum currently applicable to payments in compensation for loss of employment, which had been included in the Finance Bill, has been dropped from the Finance Act 2017. Under the present arrangements, the first £30,000 of any redundancy payment or loss of employment payments is exempt from income tax. … Continue reading “Plan to abolish tax-free exit payments dropped”

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