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Blog 29th April 2020
Ezra MacDonald

Remote hearings and witness evidence

Remote hearings come with particular difficulties. One obvious difficulty is that the parties cannot see each other as well as they might in the courtroom. But how much of a problem is this? If the demeanour of witnesses (or indeed parties) is relevant to an issue to be decided by the Court, then restrictions on […]

Blog 24th March 2020

Employment Team – COVID-19 Coronavirus Update

These are unprecedented times and Chambers is seeing a significant increase in questions being raised by workers, employees, and employers alike. This post is intended to provide some outline guidance for the position as we see it, with links to useful information. It is not a substitute for formal legal advice – and if you […]

Past Events
15th Oct 2019, 13:30 to 16:30

Employment Law Seminar – Reading

Pump Court Chambers Employment team is pleased to announce our annual Reading Employment Law Seminar providing a valuable and in-depth update for all practitioners. Venue Crowne Plaza, Caversham Bridge, Richfield Avenue, Reading, RG1 8BD Topics Time limits – how to prepare cases whatever the situation Remedies in the ET a look at injury to feelings, Polkeyand […]

Past Events
7th Nov 2019, 13:30 to 16:30

Poole Employment Law Seminar

Pump Court Chambers Employment team is pleased to announce our annual Poole Employment Law Seminar  providing a valuable and in-depth update for all practitioners. Venue Harbour Heights Hotel, Haven Road, Sandbanks, Poole, Dorset, BH13 7LW Topics Time limits – how to prepare cases whatever the situation Remedies in the ET a look at injury to […]

Blog 15th August 2018

Can the Employment Tribunal limit the number of discrimination claims at one hearing

“Only with great caution”, said the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Tarn v Hughes (& Ors) UKEAT/0064/18/DM – and the EAT then went on to give some helpful guidance on case management of discrimination claims. In Tarn , the claimant GP had brought a large number of complaints of discrimination against her (former) partner GPs. At […]

News 29th March 2018

New rules for termination payments made on, or after, 6 April 2018

HMRC is changing the way that termination payments are taxed. Previously (subject to some caveats) one would expect the first £30K to be tax-free, and pay-in-lieu-of-notice (“PILON”) payments to be subject to tax only where there is a contractual entitlement to them. From 6 April 2018, some termination payments – or at least, some parts […]

Blog 16th March 2018

Reilly v Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council [2018] UKSC 16

The case of Reilly v Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council [2018] UKSC 16 is – understandably – drawing a large amount of commentary, primarily because of the treatment of the familiar test in British Home Stores Ltd v Burchell [1980 ICR 303. This blogpost will focus on the Burchell issue. Reilly v Sandwell The Appellant, Ms […]

Blog 12th February 2018
Ezra MacDonald

Wilsons Solicitors LLP & Ors v Roberts [2018] EWCA Civ 52

Did the EAT err in law in finding that a member of an LLP who acts “reasonably” in withdrawing his labour will not, as a matter of law, act wrongfully or in repudiatory breach of the LLP members’ agreement, and accordingly may be awarded losses flowing from a subsequent expulsion pursuant to the terms of […]

Blog 29th January 2018

Illegality as a defence in the Employment Tribunals: The case of Okedina v Chikale

In the recent decision in Okedina v Chikale UKEAT/0152/17/RN the EAT (HHJ Eady QC) considered the question of when a Claimant’s contract of employment would be said to be illegal by virtue of the operation of immigration law. The case contains a useful rehearsal of the relevant legal principles (para 35 – 41 of the […]

Blog 3rd January 2018

TUPE Review 2017

Introduction This is a brief round-up of reported TUPE cases from 2017 – perhaps not the most exciting year for TUPE enthusiasts. From my point of view, the most interesting cases are Born London Ltd v Spire (from March, dealing with provision of information); Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (also March, dealing […]

Blog 12th December 2017

Whistleblowing and unfair dismissal – whose state of mind is relevant?

When considering whether a dismissal is an automatically unfair “whistleblowing” dismissal, is it permissible to consider the mental processes of anyone other than the decision-taker? In particular, what if the decision-taker was “manipulated” by another of the Respondent’s employees? “No (in the circumstances)”, said the Court of Appeal in Royal Mail Ltd v Jhuti [2017] […]

Blog 4th December 2017

Various Claimants v Wm Morrisons Supermarket Plc

When is an employer liable for the criminal actions of a rogue employee in disclosing personal information of co-employees on the web? That was the question raised in Various Claimants v Wm Morrisons Supermarket Plc [2017] EWHC 3133 (QB) (click here for the judgment). Facts In early 2014 a rogue employee had posted a file […]

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