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XW v XH: A critical win for gender equality

This case concerned a husband and a wife who married in 2008 and subsequently separated in 2015. There was one child born to the marriage who was severely disabled. The matrimonial assets were substantial, with the business alone worth around £490...

Secretary resigned after MD said she 'wouldn't hire black person'

A secretary who resigned after her managing director said she wouldn’t employ someone because she was black has won her claim of unfair dismissal. Caroline Hobbs worked for Avon Care Homes from November 2015 until she resigned without notice in April...

Athena Brands wins contract dispute with Superdrug Stores

Athena Brands has won a contract dispute with Superdrug Stores over the supply of various cosmetic products. Athena claimed that it had entered into a binding agreement with Superdrug in an exchange of emails with one of its employees. In the course of the...

Police discriminated against officer with hearing impairment

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has upheld a decision that a police officer was discriminated against due to assumptions about her hearing impairment. The officer wanted to transfer to Norfolk, but her application was rejected by the Acting Chief Inspector,...

Private landlords and their new responsibilities

The government has prepared draft regulations that propose new electrical safety standards in the private rented sector and, if approved by Parliament, these are due to come into force imminently. What’s new? As of 1 July 2020, the new legislation...

Property company loses service charge dispute with tenants

A property company has lost its appeal against a tribunal ruling that it had failed to correctly calculate the level of service charges payable by leaseholders. The case involved a mixed commercial and residential development owned by Avon Ground Rents Ltd....

Pilot scheme could make home buying 'quicker and less stressful'

A digital questionnaire designed to make home moving ‘cheaper, quicker and less stressful’ is now being tested in a pilot scheme. The Buying and Selling Property Information (BASPI) has been developed by the Home Buying and Selling Group, an...

Employer wins dispute over notice on fixed-term contract

An employer has won a dispute over whether an employee was entitled to three months’ notice while on a fixed-term contract. The case involved a teacher, Ms Kilraine. Her letter of engagement stated that she would be employed from 1 September 2013...

MPs call for root and branch reforms to cut inheritance tax

A group of MPs have called for root and branch reforms of the inheritance tax system, including a cut in the standard rate from 40% to 10%. They also want to scrap most of the current tax reliefs, including the seven-year rule that allows you to pass on...

Businesses urged to address veganism in diversity policies

Employers may need to update their diversity policies to include ethical veganism after an employment tribunal held that it was capable of being a protected belief under the Equality Act. The case, which attracted widespread publicity, involved Jordi...
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