#MeToo: how to address workplace harassment

This article first appeared in People Management. What started with Harvey Weinstein has quickly snowballed to include allegations against famous actors and now UK politicians. What can employers do to combat the problem? Using the hashtags #MeToo and #MenToo, thousands of women and men have spoken out about their experiences of sexual harassment and assault, […]

Concurrent delay – the position is now “crystal clear”

The High Court has confirmed that risk of concurrent delays in a construction contract can be specifically allocated to the contactor. In an important decision on concurrent delay and the prevention principle, Mr Justice Fraser has seen fit to reinforce the general principle under English law that “contracting parties can allocate risk as they see […]

Bills of sale: past, present and future

Background The Bills of Sale Act (the “Act”) was introduced in 1878 and still governs how individuals, partnerships and unincorporated bodies can use goods that they own as security for loans, while retaining possession of those goods. Since 1882 the legislation has hardly changed and as such the Act is seen as somewhat outdated. According […]

Government publishes new plans on business energy and carbon reporting

Details have emerged this month on what may replace the unpopular CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (“CRC”). Abolition of the CRC from 2019 Under the CRC, companies consuming significant amounts of electricity must report their energy consumption to the Government through purchase of allowances. Such companies are also required to collate data on their energy use […]

Are ‘deputies’ the new guardians of private wealth?

This article first appeared in Spear’s. When it comes to controversy in the private client world, Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) are not generally among the usual suspects. So when retired Court of Protection Senior Judge Denzil Lush vowed on BBC Radio Four’s Today Programme last month never to sign an LPA, it’s safe to […]

How secure is a protected tenancy under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954?

Earlier this summer, an important judgment concerning the security of tenure provisions of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (“the 1954 Act”) was handed down by Mr Justice Jay. The case of S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd [2017] EWHC 1670 QB was an appeal from the County Court in Central London […]

Dismissal for Misconduct: To what extent can past conduct be taken into account?

When carrying out an investigation into alleged misconduct by an employee, the temptation may be to find as much evidence as possible. A recent case in the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has addressed the question of whether an investigation can actually be too thorough. How “fairness” is tested “The Burchell Test”, as set down in […]

IR35 continues to be taxing

This article was first published in Recruitment International. On 6th April 2017 new IR35 rules come into force applying to payments to PSC workers who provide personal service to a “public sector employer” generating significant problems for recruitment businesses involved in the supply process. Problem areas The legislation (still in draft form at the time […]

Mind the Gap: Are you ready for Gender Pay Reporting?

This article was first published in Recruitment International. Disparity between male and female average pay continues to dominate the news, with evidence of the gender pay gap widening for women in their 30s and 40s in particular. Dubbed “Equal Pay Day”, 9 November 2016 marked the date from which women were effectively working for free […]