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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 […]

Past Events

Employment Law Seminar – Brighton

Pump Court Chambers Employment team are pleased to announce their annual round of seminars, providing a valuable and in-depth update seminar for all practitioners at intensive afternoon sessions. New for this year is a closing Q&A session that gives you the opportunity to have experienced counsel guide you on any technical questions or simply to […]

Past Events

Employment Law Seminar – Bournemouth

Pump Court Chambers Employment team are pleased to announce their annual round of seminars, providing a valuable and in-depth update seminar for all practitioners at intensive afternoon sessions. New for this year is a closing Q&A session that gives you the opportunity to have experienced counsel guide you on any technical questions or simply to […]

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

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 […]

Blog 3rd October 2017

Discrimination: something arising from disability

It is no secret that there are immense pressures upon teaching staff in UK schools at present. Teacher shortages, increased workloads, and constant assessments have lead to stressful working environments across the country. These environments can affect some more than others, particularly those with disabilities. In the recent case of City of York Council v […]

News 27th July 2017

Tribunal Fees: What we suspected all along!

Tribunal Fees: What we suspected all along! No impact on tribunal costs, no impact on reducing unmeritorious claims, indirectly discriminatory to women and did not result in more ACAS settlements. Today is a good news day for access to justice (and for employment lawyers!) In a pivotal judgment based on the principle of access to […]

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