When does employment end?
Knowing when an employee’s employment ends may seem like an easy question to answer; however, in some cases the answer is not so clear cut. We report on a recent case where termination was communicated through the employee’s solicitor – was this communication sufficient to end employment?
Constructive dismissal - An employer’s repudiatory breach has only a ‘part’ to play
Under the Employment Rights Act 1996 a qualifying employee may bring a claim for unfair dismissal where it terminates the relationship in response to the employer’s actions, rather than being dismissed. This is known as “constructive unfair dismissal”...
Can you earn whilst “sleeping on the job”?
We report on the case of Whittlestone v BJP Home Support which focuses on the issue of whether, under the National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999, you can earn whilst sleeping on the “job"...
When is suitable alternative employment 'suitable'?
Whether an employee reasonably or unreasonably refuses an offer of suitable alternative employment is an important one as it could affect their entitlement to redundancy pay. We look at a recent Court of Appeal decision concerning an employee’s reasonableness in turning down what appeared to be a reasonable offer...
Liquidated damages – enforceable or not?
Liquidated damages clauses allow parties to a contract to specify the amount of damages that will be payable in the event of any future breach of contract.
Court proceedings or insolvency proceedings
A common dilemma for creditors is whether to pursue court proceedings or insolvency proceedings when endeavouring to collect an unpaid debt. In difficult economic times it is important to ensure that effective debt recovery is a priority for all businesses. In this article we set out some of the advantages of pursuing your debtors by way of insolvency proceedings rather than court proceedings.
Solicitor fails to act leaving will contested
The recent case of Lorraine Feltham –v- Freer Bouskell (2013) serves as a warning when preparing a will get instructions promptly and to satisfy any concerns about undue influence or mental capacity quickly.
Invalid will - testamentary capacity, knowledge and approval
The recent Court of Appeal decision in Hawes v Burgess (2013) is an interesting decision in that it shows that, even where the court may not be satisfied that the testatrix lacked testamentary capacity, it may nonetheless be willing to find that she lacked sufficient knowledge and approval of the contents of the will, something which many might regard as an unusual conclusion.
Accountants' tax advice - whether to refer to specialist
The recent High Court decision in the case of Hossein Mehjoo v Harben Barker (2013) has caused considerable discussion within the accountancy profession.
Solicitors duty of care when settling litigation
A recent case shows that great care needs to be taken by the legal representatives of both parties when advising their clients as to realistic settlement figures and the risks involved in fighting the action to trial.

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