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News & Events: Employment

News 9th May 2016

Recent developments in Employment Law: Disability-related Absence

Griffiths v Secretary of State for Work & Pensions At the end of 2015, the Court of Appeal handed down its much-anticipated judgment in Griffiths v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2015] EWCA Civ 1265. In Griffiths the Court of Appeal was required to consider an employer’s duty to make reasonable adjustments for […]

Blog 20th April 2016

When wrongful isn’t necessarily unfair

Unfair dismissal claims? We’ve all done a million of them. Maybe not that many but I am simply applying the same exaggeration that goes onto most Claimant’s schedules of loss. The Claimant wants to go into the nuts and bolts of the claim and to prove that he or she has not acted in a […]

Blog 22nd March 2016

Starbucks takes a roasting: Employee with dyslexia succeeds in her Equality Act claims

Meseret Kumulchew v Starbucks Coffee Company UK Limited 2301217/2014 G The coffee giant found itself in hot water as the Employment Tribunal upheld complaints of discrimination on the basis of reasons arising from disability and failure to make reasonable adjustments, as well as sex discrimination, victimisation, and detriment for whistleblowing. Ms Kumulchew, the Claimant, was […]

News 15th March 2016

Canon Jeremy Pemberton granted leave to appeal

The President of the Employment Appeals Tribunal, Mrs Justice Simler D.B.E. granted Canon Jeremy Pemberton leave to appeal against the Employment Tribunal’s decision in his action against the Right Reverend Richard Inwood, the former acting Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham. Justin Gau, together with Sean Jones QC and Helen Trotter have been instructed by Thomas […]

Blog 27th November 2015

President of the Employment Appeal Tribunal considers 10% uplift should apply to tribunal awards

Langstaff HHJ (the President of the EAT) has today handed down judgment in the case of Beckford v London Borough of Southwark UKEAT/0210/14/JOJ The appeal deals with two points which are of importance: The consideration of reasonable adjustments and the impact of disability when a tribunal is considering reengagement under section 115 Employment Rights Act […]

Blog 25th September 2015

NHS staff must declare gifts from drugs companies or face jail

Does the widely disliked “Big Pharma” bribe doctors with free gifts and hospitality? In this country at least, bribery is seldom carried out by anything so obvious as a brown envelope stuffed with used bank notes. Instead, it is made to seem respectable by invitations to conferences in comfortable hotels, where the ostensible purpose of […]

Blog 15th July 2015

Gay cake row

Not the latest cupcake, popcake, cronut or yumdough! But the case of Gareth Lee v Ashers Baking Co Ltd & Colin McArthur Ltd & Karen McArthur Ltd heard in the High Court of Belfast last month. This case has received a good deal of media attention. The judgment was handed down in the same week […]

Blog 24th June 2015

Exclusive zero hours contracts banned

What’s this all about then? There is now a ban on clauses in zero hours contracts which prevent workers from holding other jobs at the same time. Legislation: Section 153 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 received Royal Assent on 26 May 2015. This section amends the Employment Rights Act 1996 by […]

News 15th June 2015

Priest sues Church for Discrimination

Justin Gau has been instructed to act on behalf of Canon Jeremy Pemberton in his discrimination case against the Church before the Employment Tribunal. Cannon Jeremby Pemberton the first priest to marry his same-sex partner was refused the licence he needed to work as a hospital chaplain by the then acting bishop of Southwell and […]

Past Events

Employment Law Update – Southampton

The Employment team will be reviewing the notable recent decisions and providing practical advice on essential issues of law, practice and procedure. Venue Jury’s Inn, Charlotte Place, Southampton, SO14 0TB  (map) Schedule 12:30 – 13:00 – Registration / Working Lunch 13:00 – 13:50 – Holiday Pay – where are we now? 13:50 – 14:40 – Discrimination claims in […]

Past Events

Employment Law Update – 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. Venue The Green House Hotel, 4 Grove Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3AX (map) Schedule 12:30 – 13:00 – Registration / Working Lunch 13:00 – 13:40 – Whistleblowing – […]

News 9th February 2015

Ezra Macdonald joins Pump Court Chambers

Pump Court Chambers is delighted to announce that Ezra Macdonald has joined Chambers following successful completion of his pupillage. Ezra has a mixed practice, with a primary focus on personal injury and employment law. He has experience of a broad range of court advocacy, including in the Employment Tribunals, the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the County […]

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