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Jun
28
2013

Command Performance
#Construction

On-demand bonds are experiencing a revival in these recessionary times. They have the advantage of being able to be called upon immediately and are generally perceived as a "must-have" security document for most clients entering into construction contracts...

Jun
28
2013

Chinese workers release their boss as strikes become problem for China
#Employment

A week later and finally Chip Starnes, from the US, president of Specialty Medical Supplies, is able to leave his office, after being barricaded in by his own employees at a factory in China....

Jun
28
2013

Employer made "mistake": £1.3 million bonus settlement was subject to tax despite no tax deduction clause
#Employment

In a dispute over whether tax was payable on a very large settlement sum, the High Court  has determined (no doubt, to the huge relief of the employer) that the proper construction of a clause "to pay £1,350,000" was that the sum was to be paid net of tax (that is, after deduction of income tax). The clause did not say that tax was deductible. The parties agreed that: The settlement sum was su...

Jun
28
2013

Association of Commonwealth Universities - Centenary Reception
#Clarkslegal

Clarkslegal was delighted to support the Association of Commonwealth Universities` centenary reception and their Second Century Campaign on Monday 10th June....

Jun
26
2013

What if your top performer ends up like Nadal?
#Employment

With Wimbledon being televised this week, many people have tuned into the endless grunts and back hands of the tennis stars, including former number 1, Spanish favourite, Rafael Nadal. However this year, he was knocked out in the first round to Steve Darcis, ranked 135th  in the world.Nadal was expected to perform at a high standard, so when he was surprisingly kicked out this early on in the com...

Jun
25
2013

Centenary Charity Reception in Cardiff
#Clarkslegal

Thank you to those who attended our Centenary Charity Reception at the St. David`s Hotel, Cardiff on Thursday 13th June....

Jun
25
2013

Trademark infringement and Google AdWords
#Dispute Resolution

A recent High Court decision ruled on whether Marks and Spencer had infringed trademarks belonging to Interflora through its use of keyword advertising (Interflora Inc and another v Marks & Spencer plc and another [2013] EWHC 1291 (Ch))....

Jun
21
2013

Zero-hours contracts under review by Government
#Employment

The Government is to review the use of controversial "zero-hours" contracts under which employees are put on standby and not guaranteed a minimum amount of work....

Jun
21
2013

UNISON brings legal challenge to employment tribunal fees
#Employment

UNISON has confirmed that is making an application to the High Court to challenge the introduction of fees in the employment tribunal system. This is a judicial review of the Ministry of Justice`s decision to introduce employment tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal fees from 29 July 2013. UNISON argues that these charges will make it ‘virtually impossible` for workers to exercise their employ...

Jun
18
2013

"Never volunteer" in the Army - except when it comes to redundancies.
#Employment

The Government is set to reduce the number of regular soldiers by nearly 4,500, 84 per cent of whom have volunteered to be made redundant. Following a defence review in 2010, this 3rd round of cuts further emphasises the Governments plan to reduce the number of regular soldiers to 82,000 by 2017. At the same time, there is a planned 100 per cent increase in the number of reservists from 15,000 to...

Jun
18
2013

Inspiration has to work in the right environment
#Clarkslegal

Hiring and inspiring were the overriding themes at a high profile event hosted by Clarkslegal, Grant Thornton and Clydesdale in Henley. Addressing the capacity audience of Thames Valley business leaders was VIP speaker and ambassador for Clydesdale Bank Steve Cram MBE, whose key message was that in any field, sport or business, "you have to give people the environment for talent and ability to be nurtured and developed."...

Jun
17
2013

Important changes to judicial review time limits
#Public Sector

There are important changes to judicial review time limits in planning cases to come into effect on 1 July 2013. The overall period will be reduced from the current 3 months to 6 weeks, meaning less uncertainty in terms of commencing developments....

Jun
13
2013

Employees who breached consent order sentenced to 6 months in jail
#Employment

X and Y were employed by F, a producer of food stuffs. Y setup a competitor company (Z). F made a without notice application alleging tha tX had covertly passed sensitive information to Y and Z about F`s business. The High Court issued an order restricting X and Y from dealing with F`s confidential information. At a later hearing, X and Y agreed to a consent order that X wasnot to work in any busine...

Jun
10
2013

Serial litigant Employees - 1 vs Employers - 0
#Employment

In Woodhouse v West North West Homes Leeds Ltd [2013] UKEAT0007, the EAT upheld the appeal of an employee who had brought ten internal grievanceclaims alleging race discrimination and seven separate employment tribunalclaims against his employer over a period of four years. The EAT held that theemployee`s claims were protected acts as they had not been made in bad faith.   The employee`s claim...

Jun
07
2013

Landmark collective consultation case that disregards the establishment
#Employment

It has been reported that the EAT has decided that the establishment test for collective redundancies is to be "disregarded" and that all employers making over 20 redundancies within a 90 day period must collectively consult, regardless of whether those employees work in one place or whether they are based at different ‘establishments`.  This has huge implications for employers, particularly lar...

Jun
06
2013

The creation of a new employment status - `Employee Shareholder Status`
#Employment

The Government proposed the creation of new employee shareholder contracts via the Growth and Infrastructure Bill. After two initial rejections and then gaining concessions from the Government, the Bill has become law after the House of Lords accepted the further concessions and the Bill received Royal Assent on 25 April 2013. Implementation of these changes, however, is likely to be on 1 September 2013....

Jun
06
2013

Date for diary - Financial penalties for employers who lose at tribunal
#Employment

The provisions relating to financial penalties on employers come into force in respect of any tribunal claim presented on or after 25th October 2013.  Where an employer loses a claim (i.e. it is found to have breached any worker`s rights) and the breach has  "one or more aggravating features" then a tribunal may order the employer to pay a penalty to the Secretary of State of between £100 and £...

May
31
2013

Compulsory retirement at 65 was justified: Seldon case
#Employment

Mr Seldon was a partner in a firm of solicitors.  He brought a claim of age discrimination against them when he was forced to retire at age 65 under the partnership`s mandatory rules. Last year, the Supreme Court sent his claim back to the employment tribunal. They considered a number of issues relating to justification (the main one being whether 65 was an appropriate age for mandatory retireme...

May
30
2013

Tribunals will charge fees for bringing employment claims from 29 July 2013
#Employment

HM Courts & Tribunal Service has announced that the date for the implementation of fees into the employment tribunals and Employment Appeal Tribunal will be Monday 29 July 2013.Subject to the necessary Parliamentary approvals, from this date all claims and appeals will be subject either to a fee or an application for fee remission. However, claims already lodged will not be subject to any fees....

May
28
2013

Centenary Charity Reception in Reading
#Clarkslegal

Thank you to those who attended our Centenary Charity Reception at Reading Town Hall on Thursday 23rd May. We were delighted with the attendance and support in not only celebrating our centenary, but in raising profile and donations for our three nominated charities, Alexander Devine`s Children`s Hospice, Contact the Elderly and Cardiff Foodbank....

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