“Cover-up culture”: NDA use in discrimination cases called into question

“Cover-up culture”: NDA use in discrimination cases called into question
A report damning the use of non-disclosure agreements in discrimination cases has highlighted a 'cover-up' culture in many workplaces and urges the government to make changes to protect workers. We look at the rules, the possible changes – and how UK employers can minimise impact. The Women and Equalities Committee (WEC) has published a report high...
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Act, don’t discriminate: how UK employers can navigate positive action

Act, don’t discriminate: how UK employers can navigate positive action
Cheshire Constabulary have a new recruit -- hired after an employment tribunal. The police force was ruled to be discriminatory after rejecting the white, straight male during a diversity drive. How can employers avoid the same fate when taking positive action? We look at the difference between positive action and positive discrimination, and pinpo...
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Where there’s a Will...

Where there's a Will...
We all know of the importance of making a Will but, as Aretha Franklin's family have realised, we do not always consider the importance of advising those closest to you that you have made a Will and ensuring that they are aware of where the original is stored. This is brought home by the case of the late singer Aretha Franklin. The singer...
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Companies in the spotlight for latest anti-crime initiative

Companies in the spotlight for latest anti-crime initiative
The reporting and compliance requirements faced by all companies are set to become more extensive in the wake of the Government's new plans to shake up the corporate governance framework, in order to better protect companies and ensure the accuracy of the Companies House register. The government is targeting companies in its latest anti-crime initi...
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Client spotlight: Launch of the digital dental practice

Client spotlight: Launch of the digital dental practice
A visit to the dentist is not always eagerly anticipated. However, our client is hoping to change perceptions with the opening of their new state of the art, socially responsible surgery in West London. Senior Associate Keeley Miller attended the opening day of client Banning Dental Group's new surgery on Saturday 27 th April following completion o...
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New Commercial Partner at Pinney Talfourd LLP

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We are delighted to announce the appointment of a new Partner at Pinney Talfourd LLP.  Edward Garston is a dedicated company and commercial specialist and was appointed a Partner on 1st May 2019. ​ Edward joined the firm in 2016 and leads the corporate arm within the Commercial Department, based in Brentwood....
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The costs of commercial leases: is it up for negotiation?

The costs of commercial leases: is it up for negotiation?
The Tenant Fees Bill has shaken up the residential property market but the position is different in the world of commercial property.  So, who should pay the costs incurred in granting a lease? Residential tenants were liable for many fees until very recently and the answer used to also be the commercial tenant but customs have already changed...
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Beware of the Cold Caller Recruiter!

Beware of the Cold Caller Recruiter!
With personal data being freely available to all, many of us have had the experience of a cold call or email trying to sell a product or service. Businesses are also targeted. In this article we examine a case against a cold calling recruitment agency that used data obtained from online CV libraries to make unsolicited contact with our client about...
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Time to take care of business - April Employment Law Update

Time to take care of business - April Employment Law Update
April is a busy month for businesses and employment lawyers alike. A number of employment law changes have come into effect in April that HR Directors and employers need be aware of. Employment Solicitor Alexander Pearce provides a summary of these updates:   Employment Tribunal Compensation Limit Change The limit on the amount of compens...
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Successful claim made on behalf of wife exposed to asbestos by her husband’s contaminated overalls

Successful claim made on behalf of wife exposed to asbestos by her husband’s contaminated overalls
In the recent case of John Carey v Vauxhall Motors Limited [2019] EWHC 238 (QB ), the High Court has provided the prospect of compensation to a special, potentially large, category of predominantly female Claimants, in asbestos exposure cases. This is believed to be the first case decided in favour of a wife exposed to asbestos by her husband's wor...
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New divorce law to end the blame game

New divorce law to end the blame game
Justice Secretary David Gauke, MP yesterday announced what the Family Law world have been fighting for years to achieve – the real prospect of no-fault divorce. Demonstrating irretrievable breakdown of a marriage requires at least two years of separation or one spouse to 'blame' the other for the breakdown in the marriage. This is the onl...
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4 reasons why you should use your ISA allowance at the start of the tax year instead of the end

4 reasons why you should use your ISA allowance at the start of the tax year instead of the end
Most investors understand that when we invest to see our money grow, we usually do so over the longer-term. This means that our 'not-so-secret' ingredient when investing is time. So why then do many investors wait until the end of the tax year to utilise their annual ISA allowance? Lots of us know that the early bird catches the worm, but apparentl...
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MPs allege leasehold buyers are being ‘coerced’ into instructing ‘recommended’ conveyancing solicitors

MPs allege leasehold buyers are being ‘coerced’ into instructing ‘recommended’ conveyancing solicitors
MPs have urged the Government to ban financial incentives between Estate Agents and Solicitors in their latest report on leasehold reform. The House of Commons Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee said it had received evidence of developers and agents "incentivising and insisting" that specific solicitors be used. The Committe...
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Unadopted Roads – rights and responsibilities

Unadopted Roads – rights and responsibilities
If an access road to a property is adopted by the Local Authority or Highways Agency they will have liability for its upkeep. But what if you want to purchase a house and the access road is unadopted? When purchasing a property a purchaser will no doubt be keen to ensure that the road upon which they need to access the property is adopted by t...
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Upminster mini golf course - Planning

Upminster mini golf course - Planning
Significant planning applications always arouse considerable interest for local residents and we note that the London Borough of Havering has made a planning application for the development of Hall Lane mini golf site in Upminster. The application is actually by Mercury Land Holdings Limited which is a Housing Development Company wholly owned and c...
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S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel Ltd

S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel Ltd
The Supreme Court has ruled that a hotelier landlord could not oppose a Section 26 Notice requesting a new tenancy on the grounds of 'intended' works. The case of S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd highlights the protection afforded to tenants by the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. S Franses Ltd is a textile dealership and consultancy a...
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Leasehold System Needs Reform, says House of Commons Committee

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The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has made suggestions to the government about how best to change the much maligned leasehold system to combat a rising wave of anger at expensive and unnecessary service costs, onerous ground rents and 'toxic leases'. The Committee met with 50 leasehold owners to discuss various concerns t...
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Potential increases in protection at work for pregnant employees

Potential increases in protection at work for pregnant employees
The key rights afforded to employees on maternity leave under the Maternity and Parental Leave ("MPL") Regulations 1999 include protection from dismissal, detriment or discrimination during both pregnancy and maternity leave. Employees who take time away from work to have children have the right to return to the same job following maternity leave a...
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Case at Upper Tribunal Changes Restrictive Covenants

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There has been a significant development in the law relating to the modification of Covenants in the case of Derreb Limited -v- Blackheath Cator Estate Residents Limited and Others.  Under Section 84 of the Law of Property Act 1925, an Order can be made discharging or modifying restrictions imposed on a property by way of Restrictive Covenant....
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Supreme Court Rules on Property Agent Commission Dispute

Supreme Court Rules on Property Agent Commission Dispute
The Supreme Court recently ruled on an Appeal where a property vendor refused to pay an estate agent the commission owed. The case highlights the importance of a clear agreement in accordance with the Estate Agents Act 1979 and the legal recourse available. The case dealt with two main issues: i. the status of an agreement between an estate agent a...
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