Worker Status – Substitution Clause

A key consideration for Employment Tribunals in deciding whether someone is a worker or an employee is whether or not they can decide not to undertake the work themselves and...


Employee Fairly Dismissed For Failing To Disclose Child Protection Issue

Facts of the case The Claimant had been employed by the Probation Service as a Probationary Service Officer since 1994. In 2014, it was alleged that she had been violent...


Preventable Baby Deaths At East Kent NHS Foundation Trust Hospitals

A BBC investigation has found that at least seven baby deaths “could have been avoided” at East Kent NHS Foundation Trust hospitals since 2016, and has highlighted serious problems about...


‘Do I Have To Pay My Employee For A Mental Health Sick Day?’…And Other Common Asked Questions By Employers

Employers lost more than 17.5 million days in mental health sickness absence – according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The most up to date report showed that mental...


Estate Administration – Do I Need To Use A Local Professional?

It is often a misconception that when you are looking to appoint a professional person or company, such as a law firm, to manage and administer your estate after you...


Unsettled NHS Clinical Negligence Claims Estimated To Total £4.3 Billion In Legal Fees

Following a Freedom of Information (FoI) request by the BBC, it is being reported that NHS England will have to pay out an estimated £4.3 billion in legal fees for...


Sky v SkyKick – Opinion Could Have Serious Ramifications For All Trade Marks

On 16th October 2019, Advocate General Tanchev handed down his opinion in the on-going trade mark dispute between Sky (the digital and satellite television broadcaster) and SkyKick, a supplier of...


Truth Project Publishes Report On Child Sexual Abuse In The Context Of Children’s Homes & Residential Care

In a previous blog we wrote on the purpose of the Truth Project. After listening to numerous survivors of childhood sexual abuse who approached the Truth Project between June 2016...


New Guidance On Dealing With Sexual Harassment In The Workplace Released By EHRC

New guidance for employers has been released this week on dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace. The guidance, which has been released by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC),...


Inheritance Tax Exemptions – Gifts For National Purposes

When preparing Wills, many people want to ensure that they are as tax efficient as possible in order to avoid the payment of Inheritance Tax. There are various Inheritance Tax...


Care Proceedings & Care Orders – An Overview

What are Care Proceedings? If the social services department of a Local Authority, such as Nottinghamshire County Council, Leicester City Council or Derbyshire County Council, is concerned about the welfare...


Jaundice In Newborn Babies – When Is It Important To Treat & Why?

Jaundice is a term used to describe the yellowing of skin tone and jaundice in babies is referred to as neonatal jaundice. This yellowing is caused by a naturally occurring...