Commercial Client Articles

Lack of pay rise resulted in 'unlawful deduction of wages'

A local authority’s decision not to award incremental pay increases resulted in unlawful deductions of wages for some of its employees. That was the decision of the Court of Appeal in a case involving Nottingham City Council and three groups of its...

Beauty spa manager granted injunction against Harrods

A beauty spa manager has been granted an injunction against Harrods department store after it decided not to renew her contract. The case involved a woman who ran a hairdressing, beauty treatment and spa business called Urban Retreats from a concession...

'Incompetent redundancy process' led to unfair dismissal

Choosing candidates for redundancy is a complicated process requiring a detailed knowledge of employment law. If the correct procedures are not carried out, employers could face costly claims of unfair dismissal, as happened in a recent case before the...

Employers 'must do more to prevent sexual harassment'

Employers must do more to prevent sexual harassment and remove toxic cultures in many workplaces, according to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). The Commission makes several recommendations to improve protection for employees in a new report,...

Property agent money protection schemes move a step closer

The government is pressing ahead with its plans to make property agents in the private sector join “an approved or designated client money protection (CMP) scheme” if they handle client money. The move follows a public consultation by the...

Company stops 'loose cannon' revealing information about clients

A company has prevented an aggrieved employee described as a ‘loose cannon’ from revealing confidential information about some of its clients, including a foreign government and a royal family. The High Court heard that the company provided...

Door company fails to compel supplier to provide stock

A door company has been refused a court order to compel a longstanding supplier to continue providing it with products. Vibrant Doors Ltd claimed that after years of business between the two firms, its supplier Rohden UK Ltd suddenly terminated their...

Landlord wins rent dispute with BHS liquidators

A commercial landlord has won a dispute with the liquidators of the former BHS retailer over the payment of rent. The issue arose because BHS had entered into a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) to pay reduced rents to landlords of its stores and offices....

Doctor's dismissal for 'racist comments' was not unfair

An NHS surgeon dismissed for making racist comments was not unfairly dismissed or subjected to race discrimination. That was the ruling of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in a case involving Mr Peter Hale, an experienced surgeon who worked for Brighton...

Agency worker wins claim against Royal Mail over conditions

An agency worker who was not provided with the ‘same basic working and employment conditions’ as regular employees has won his claim of unequal treatment. The case involved Mr D Kocur, who had been supplied to Royal Mail by an agency. He worked...
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