Social Backgrounds and Work – does class still matter?

Earlier this week, Frances O’Grady, the head of the TUC (Trades Union Congress) called for Parliament to outlaw discrimination against working-class people at work, calling for companies to report any gaps in pay between workers from different social backgrounds. She issued a challenge to politicians to outlaw “discrimination against working-class people”, following a study by […]

Is it possible to divorce a missing husband or wife?

There are many reasons why couples drift apart and sometimes the end result is that the couple continues to be married even though they no longer live together and do not consider themselves to be in that relationship anymore. It often happens that neither spouse really cares exactly where the other is until one of […]

Working Time – Are You Keeping Records?

The Working Time Directive (WTD) sets out rules governing working time across EU Member States. This includes the entitlement to daily rest breaks (11 consecutive hours per 24 hours) and weekly rest breaks (24 consecutive hours in each 7-day period). The WTD also sets a maximum limit on average weekly working time to 48 hours. […]

Transparency and Overseas Entities

Whilst there has been much media coverage of Brexit and the political wrangling over its negotiation, businesses both inside and outside the UK are having to seriously plan and consider their options for the future. Businesses based in the UK are seeking to retain access to European markets, whether by establishing branches in EU countries […]

Employment Update: Restrictive Covenants | Part 2

In our article published 6 February, available here, we discussed restrictive covenants and the case of Tillman v Egon Zehnder Limited (‘EZL’). On 3 July 2019, the Supreme Court handed down its judgment (available in full here) in what is the first employment competition case to have reached the highest court in the land in […]

End of an era or the true hardship of the Innovator visa route

The new innovator and start-up visas went live on 29 March 2019 to replace the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) route, which is now closed to new applicants, and the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) route, which will close from 6 July. The word from practitioners is that so far there have been no applications made, as there […]

Introduction of no-fault divorce confirmed by Government

The UK Justice Secretary David Gauke has announced that he will bring forward legislation to introduce no-fault divorce.  The new system should end the blame game between couples as the proposals for changes to family law include the following in regards to divorce proceedings: irretrievable breakdown of a relationship will remain the sole ground for […]

Long leases and short-term lets – have you been tempted?

There are many who occupy property under a lease, for whom the temptation of making some extra money whilst they are not at home is therefore, all the more attractive. In the case of Bermondsey Exchange Freeholders Limited v Ninons Koumetto (as Trustee in Bankruptcy of Kevin Geoghehan Conway) (2018), the terms of a 999-year […]