The Staff Christmas Party

<p>While the Christmas party is a great opportunity for staff to socialise together and celebrate their achievements over the past year, and for employers to thank them for the work they do, it is important to remember that employers owe their employees certain obligations, even outside work, when they have organised the event themselves.</p> <p><img… Read more »

Employee Unfairly Sacked for Alleged Expenses Fraud Secures Compensation

<p>Workplace disciplinary proceedings must always be thorough and fair, but that is all the more the case where an employee is accused of dishonesty. An Employment Tribunal (ET) succinctly made that point in awarding substantial damages to an employee who was accused of making a fraudulent expenses claim.</p> <p><img alt=”Gastropub” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px… Read more »

Capital Gains Tax on Property Sales – Always Take Professional Advice!

<p><img alt=”Flats” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />Increases in the value of your main or only home are exempt from Capital Gains Tax (CGT) &ndash; but proving that a property is your principal private residence (PPR) can be far from easy and that is why taking legal advice on the issue is always wise…. Read more »

Thinking of Doing a Property Deal Without Legal Advice? Think Again!

<p><img alt=”Restaurant” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />Entering into property transactions without expert legal advice is always a hostage to fortune. A restaurateur found that out after he was dishonestly induced to enter into an illegal sub-lease of commercial premises by a businessman whom he trusted as a friend.</p> <p>Following a series of informal… Read more »

Has Your Employer Been Taken Over? Your Loyalties Must Shift!

<p>When a company is taken over by another, its employees may have mixed feelings, but the legal position is clear &ndash; they must shift their loyalties to the new owner. Two men who found themselves in exactly that position were hit hard in the pocket after maintaining their attachment to the old guard.</p> <p><img alt=”Lorries”… Read more »

Supreme Court Ruling Extends Workplace Whistleblowing Protection

<p>Can the reason for an employee's dismissal ever be other than that given in good faith by the decision-maker appointed by the employer? The Supreme Court has answered that burning question in a test case concerning a whistleblower who was sacked on the basis of performance concerns trumped up by her dishonest line manager.</p> <p><img… Read more »

Nationally Important Waste Incineration Plant Receives Judicial Blessing

<p>Scientific views on the environmental impact of incineration plants and other waste processing facilities may differ widely but, as a Court of Appeal decision showed, judges are not in the business of second-guessing expert decision-makers.</p> <p><img alt=”Electricity pylon” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />The case concerned an environmental permit granted by the Environment Agency… Read more »

Unfairly Sacked College Lecturer Wins Over £60,000 Compensation

<p>Workplace personality clashes are sadly common but a perception that an employee is difficult to work with is not enough to justify his or her dismissal. A college found that out to its cost after an Employment Tribunal (ET) ordered it to pay more than &pound;60,000 in compensation to one of its former lecturers.</p> <p><img… Read more »

High Court Stamps Down Hard on Grossly Offensive Internet Posts

<p>Those who publish grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing material on the internet commit a criminal offence &ndash; but what about those who post a hyperlink to such material? The High Court addressed that issue in an important test case.</p> <p><img alt=”Social networks” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; margin:2px 7px” />The case concerned a woman who… Read more »