Law features

When homeworking employees refuse to return to the office

Earlier this year, Cabinet Office minister, Jacob Rees-Mogg, urged civil servants to return to the office to ensure Government buildings are at full capacity. A full-scale return to the workplace has been seen across many other sectors and industries, since the remaining Covid-related restrictions were lifted in February 2022. Despite this, there will undoubtedly be […]

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Too hot to work? The rules around temperature in the workplace

Whilst a spell of glorious summer sunshine would usually make for a welcome change from a standard British summertime, once temperatures begin to soar to 30°C or more, the prospect of still going to work may leave many feeling that it’s all a little too hot to handle. The Met Office has already issued warnings […]

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Will investment in mediation help save the family courts?

Every relationship is unique, as are the reasons marriages break down. Often the end of a marriage is the cumulative result of a combination of factors felt by both parties, rather than the deliberate actions of just one. In those circumstances, it can often be the case that the parties focus on fault and blame […]

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What will the Covid rental arrears arbitration scheme mean for commercial property tenants?

Those operating in the commercial letting sector took many knocks when the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of the UK. Where both retail and hospitality are concerned specifically, the mandated closures and restrictive measures imposed had an enormous impact, with the government itself reckoning that there was somewhere in the region of £9 billion in rental arrears still […]

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Changes to right to work checks – take steps to prepare now

In recent weeks, the Government has announced changes to the ways in which employers can perform ‘right to work’ checks. In response to the news, there have been various press reports warning employers that these changes will be ‘costly’ for employers at a time when many businesses are already struggling to cope with increasing costs. […]

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Are employees entitled to be paid for the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday?

To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Friday 3 June 2022 will be an extra Bank Holiday, with the late May Bank Holiday moved to Thursday 2 June. This additional day will create a four-day weekend for most people, but not everyone, as it depends how their contract of employment is worded and the days they […]

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Is coupling-up with a colleague legal?

Long before social distancing and home working became the norm thanks to the pandemic, it was generally accepted that the workplace was a hive for blossoming romances, with some statistics indicating that approximately 24 per cent of people have admitted to having a liaison with a colleague at some point in time.  With so much of our […]

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The Ukraine invasion drives reform to UK property law

The impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine is likely to reverberate through Europe and across the rest of the world for years if not decades to come. While questions remain about the speed and effectiveness of the UK government’s response thus far, there are some changes being made closer to home that will not […]

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Cohabitation agreements will help to avoid breakup disputes

The law is notorious for lagging behind modern-day developments, and this is perhaps most obvious in the field of family law, particularly for unmarried couples.  The fastest-growing family type in the UK, couples are increasingly choosing not to get married and instead live together, often believing that this gives them the same legal rights. In fact, […]

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Managing pregnancy and parenthood in the workplace

Working mothers account for an accelerating share of the workforce in the UK. Just last year research released by the Resolution Foundation and Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics (LSE) revealed that 74 % of mothers with 0-to-3-year-olds were in employment during 2021, showcasing a stable rise of 6% since 2019.  With an average […]

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