Litigation

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Today is a good day for employers

Today is a good news day for employers and those working in HR! The Coalition Government has introduced three significant legislative changes all of which take effect today and should make your life easier: 1. Settlement discussions The new legislation...

Women on Boards - where are we now?

How many female CEO’s of FTSE companies can you name? Currently there are just three in the FTSE 100: Alison Cooper of Imperial Tobacco; Carolyn McCall of easyJet and Angela Ahrendts of Burberry. The Coalition has favoured the voluntary action of...

Five things you may not know about compromise agreements

Compromise agreements (soon to be called “settlement agreements”) are familiar to almost all HR professionals.  They are a very common and useful tool in providing employers and employees with a clearly defined break in their...

Legal privilege - all is revealed

Dear Auntie I am an senior manager dealing with a difficult investigation of an employee’s serious misconduct which is expected to lead to his dismissal.  We have engaged our external HR consultant to assist in getting the process right and to...

I'll see you in court! What to do if you receive a High Court claim

Dear Auntie I have returned from holiday to find a High Court claim from a former employee. We dismissed him over a year ago so I had assumed he had decided not to take matters any further. At the time, we dismissed him for gross misconduct and he was upset...

Societe Generale v Raphael Geys: PILON decision will affect employers

On 19 December 2012, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the ongoing battle between Mr Geys and Societe Generale over the termination of Mr Geys’ employment contract. Fox Williams advised Mr Geys throughout his successful litigation. In this...

Status update on Facebook: Smith v Trafford Housing and other tales we like

In this news update we look at a recent case regarding Facebook posts which raises a number of questions: where is the line between freedom of expression and conduct in keeping with employment obligations?  Does it make a difference if views are...

Disciplinary and dismissal cases update

hrlaw takes a look at three recent cases which covered issues as diverse as an employer’s ability to re‑discipline for the same offence, whether an employer can withhold a payment in lieu of notice if it discovers gross misconduct after the...

Seldon v Clarkson Wright and Jakes - Law Society Gazette Article

This article first appeared in the Law Society Gazette    Since the introduction of age discrimination legislation in 2006, firms and LLPs have been scared their formerly uncontentious retirement provisions will become an unwelcome source of...

Non-solicitation covenants

Restrictive covenant-related case law has developed yet again following the recent High Court decisions in Baldwin (Ashby) Limited v Andrew Maidstone and Towry EJ Ltd v Bennett and others .  But it is a subject that never tires Employment Litigation...
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