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Missing Court Deadline to file Acknowledgement of Service and Defence- When is it Late too Late?

Under the Civil Procedure Rules, a defendant has 14 days after being served with a claim form to file an acknowledgement of service and then a further 14 days to file a defence. In a recent High Court case ( Hanson & Ors v Carlino & Anor [2019]...

Contractual Abuse: What Can Employees Learn from Uber's Mistakes?

We speak to Paul Stevens from Judge & Priestley who sheds light into contractual abuse in employment law. With over 25 years of experience, he touches on where employees often raise concern regarding their employment contract; what should employees be...

Social worker was asked how long would this disabled thing go on

A social worker has won her discrimination claim after a drawn-out dispute with her employers in which she was asked, “how long would this disabled thing go on”. Patricia Murphy worked for Northumberland County Council from 1999. She suffered a...

Parental leave is not equivalent to statutory maternity leave

Two recent cases involving fathers taking paternity leave have highlighted a defining difference between parental leave and a mother’s statutory maternity leave. One male employee who worked for a technology firm sued for sex discrimination after his...

Ambulance staff entitled to have overtime included in holiday pay

A court ruling in a dispute between ambulance workers and the NHS could affect employers across all sectors when it comes to factoring overtime into holiday pay. The dispute centred on whether ambulance staff were entitled to have an average amount of their...

New £15m scheme to prevent families being separated

The government has introduced a new £15m scheme, ‘Supporting Families; Investing in Practice,’ which will help families tackle issues such as domestic violence, substance abuse and addiction. The overriding target is to keep children with...

Mothers and fathers face increasing discrimination at work

There has been a rise in the number of both mothers and fathers facing discrimination at work after returning from parental leave. Figures from a survey of employment lawyers, conducted by Direct Line, reveal that more than 70% said there had been an...

Charity unfairly dismissed dyslexic worker over spelling errors

A dyslexic charity worker was unfairly dismissed after making spelling errors that led to him being denied a new role. James Bulloss had worked as an adviser for the homeless charity Shelter. His role included working night shifts and weekends to work on...

Buyer of insurance firm compensated for warranty breach

A company has been compensated for a breach of warranty after it bought an insurance firm. The case involved a firm that sold policies related to motor or household insurance. When it was sold in 2014, the seller provided warranties that the company...

New EU regulations to protect children in cross border disputes

The EU has adopted a new set of regulations to protect children caught up in cross border disputes between their parents. The Brussels IIa Regulation covers cross-border matrimonial matters (divorce, separation, marriage annulment) and matters of parental...
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