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Nov
13
2018

'How tech and data can spot and stop the quitters' - Michael Sippitt comments for Raconteur
#Employment #Information Technology #Press

Technology used ethically can help retain valued staff by spotting potential problems which could cause them to quit...

Nov
13
2018

Clarkslegal bolsters its Thames Valley presence with Corporate and Real Estate Partner appointments
#Clarkslegal #Commercial #Corporate #Real Estate

Clarkslegal is pleased to announce two new partner appointments to its Thames Valley office. Stuart Mullins joins the Corporate team and brings with him a wealth of experience acting for SMEs and corporates on mergers, acquisitions, banking, corporate law and commercial matters. Mark Izqueirdo is appointed to head the Real Estate team in Reading and brings with him over 20 years’ experience in the property market. Mark specialises in investment and development work (residential and commercial) and is highly regarded for the transactional work he undertakes. Managing Partner, Monica Atwal, welcomes Stuart and Mark commenting: “We are delighted with the new appointments to key growth areas for our practice. The appointments demonstrate our continued commitment to the Thames Valley and underline our position at the forefront of commercial legal services in the region”...

Nov
13
2018

Landlords beware when consenting to Tenant’s works
#Real Estate

The implications for a landlord consenting to tenant’s alterations in breach of an absolute prohibition contained in a lease were recently highlighted in the case of Duval v 11-13 Randolph Crescent Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 2298 (Decision 18 October 2018). Although this is a case concerning a residential lease, the finding also has implications for landlords of mixed use and commercial properties. ...

Nov
12
2018

Involuntary bailees: how do I get rid of possessions left in a property?
#Dispute Resolution #Real Estate

Clarkslegal has recently assisted a boatyard owner in the disposal of an abandoned steamboat. Whilst this is was an unusual scenario, it is often the case that when a tenant vacates a property, they leave behind unwanted possessions or goods, which have to be cleared before the property can be re-let. If what has been left behind is clearly just rubbish, the landlord can probably just dispose of it. But items or goods, even if the tenant appears to have abandoned them, are more complicated and cannot simply be thrown away. In this case, the landlord becomes what is known as an ‘involuntary bailee’ of the items and has a duty not to deliberately or recklessly damage or destroy them. So what should the landlord do with them?...

Nov
12
2018

New Reporting Requirements for certain Corporates
#Corporate #Commercial

The Companies (Miscellaneous Reporting) Regulations 2018 has now achieved parliamentary approval. This introduces additional reporting requirements for certain qualifying companies. Ahead of their inaugural year we have outlined some of the Regulations’ key provisions. ...

Nov
08
2018

Employment tribunal fees update – a possible return of the fee scheme?
#Employment

The government has confirmed this week that it is considering reintroducing fees for employment tribunal claims. Following the introduction of fees in 2013 (which ranged between £390 and £1,200), the total number of tribunal claims dropped from approximately 80,000 to roughly 20,000 per year....

Nov
08
2018

The Government Has Answered Key Parental Bereavement Questions
#Employment

The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Act, which received Royal Assent earlier this year, is expected to come into force in 2020. The Act introduces a new statutory right to time off work for employed parents following the loss of a child, enabling the parent to grieve and easing recovery. ...

Nov
07
2018

Grove Developments v S&T – the Court of Appeal weighs in on ‘smash and grab’ adjudications
#Construction

One of the final acts of Coulson J before his elevation to the Court of Appeal was to sound the death knell for smash and grab adjudications. We report here on his first instance decision in Grove v S&T. ...

Nov
06
2018

Letters of Intent and Caps on Liability
#Construction

Sometimes commercial pressures will require works to start on site before a properly drafted contract can be negotiated and signed. A Letter of Intent might be used as a stop gap in such circumstances so there is at least something to govern the relationship between the parties. The recent Court of Appeal decision in Amec v Arcadis shows the problems that this can cause....

Nov
02
2018

Clarkslegal’s Michael Sippitt recognised as “eminent practitioner” by Chambers and Partners
#Clarkslegal #Employment #Press

Michael Sippitt, Clarkslegal’s Chairman, has been recognised as the only employment lawyer in the Thames Valley region to be ranked as an “eminent practitioner” in the 2019 edition of Chambers and Partners guide. Michael Sippitt has proven track record in employee relations, crisis management and contingency planning and provide organisations with strategic support that is both commercial and practical. ...

Nov
02
2018

Clarkslegal Recognised by Chambers and Partners 2019
#Clarkslegal #Employment #Dispute Resolution #Real Estate #Construction #Press

Clarkslegal is delighted to announce that Chambers and Partners has recognised the firm for the following practice areas; Construction, Employment, Litigation and Real Estate....

Nov
01
2018

2018 Budget – an update
#Employment

A round up of the key announcements from the Chancellor’s Budget that effect the Employment Law landscape...

Nov
01
2018

“Fat Ginger Pikey” insult did not amount to harassment
#Employment

The EAT has handed down its decision in Evans v Xactly finding that, calling an employee a “fat ginger pikey” did not amount to harassment on the facts of the case. The Claimant was employed as a sales representative for Xactly Communications Limited where he was dismissed due to his poor performance....

Nov
01
2018

Morrisons liable for employee’s data protection breach
#Data Protection #Employment

In the recent case of WM Morrison Supermarkets plc v Various Claimants, Morrisons faced claims from its employees who had been the subject of a data breach. Morrisons employed a senior IT auditor who was tasked with sending data on approximately 100,000 employees to an external auditing company. ...

Oct
31
2018

Entrepreneurs Relief, still here but…
#Corporate #Entrepreneurs & Start-Ups

This month’s budget announcement didn’t herald the end of Entrepreneurs relief as some had speculated but did make a number of changes which will mean that share ownership structures involving different classes of share attracting different rights to income and distribution will need to be reviewed to make sure that the holders of those shares still qualify for the relief....

Oct
30
2018

How may a future Labour Government impact global supply chains?
#Supply Chain Governance

It is a gap in many, if not most, senior HR professionals’ experience how to address workforce issues down the supply chains their companies use....

Oct
30
2018

Clarkslegal Recognised by UK Legal 500 2018  
#Clarkslegal #Complex Contracts #Employment #UK Immigration #Construction #Real Estate #Education #Public Sector #Press

Clarkslegal is delighted to announce that Legal 500 has recognised the firm for the following practice areas; Construction, Commercial Contracts, Commercial Litigation, Commercial Property, Corporate & Commercial, Education, Employment, Immigration and Local Government....

Oct
29
2018

CBI Thames Valley Annual Dinner
#Clarkslegal #Employment #Press

Clarkslegal were proud to be a Corporate Partner at the CBI Thames Valley & South East Annual Dinner on Thursday 18th October, at Reading Town Hall....

Oct
26
2018

Whistleblowing detriment: Personal liability for individual decision makers
#Employment

In Timis v Osipov, the Court of Appeal held that two directors were personally liable for detrimental treatment following protected disclosures even where the detriment in question amounted to a dismissal. The claimant was dismissed by International Petroleum Limited (IPL) after making a number of protected disclosures on issues relating to poor corporate governance....

Oct
26
2018

And so the other boot finally drops
#Employment

The long-running legal battle over union recognition for Boots pharmacists has finally concluded. The Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) has decided this month that Boots pharmacists can be collectively represented by an independent trade union....

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