Employment UK

  • May 29, 2024

    Lawyer Loses Bid To Nix SRA Probe Over COVID Vax Letters

    The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal on Wednesday tossed a bid by an impugned solicitor to have his prosecution struck out for abuse of process, saying the case regarding whether he misused his position in representing vaccine-hesitant clients should proceed to trial.

  • May 29, 2024

    BBC OK To Ax Journalist For Flouting Impartiality Rules

    The BBC was entitled to dismiss a sports journalist for accepting gifts and giving social media "shoutouts" in breach of its strict impartiality rules, a tribunal has ruled, tossing the presenter's claim that the real reason was his whistleblowing over COVID-19 rule breaches.

  • May 29, 2024

    Barrister Fined For Not Disclosing SRA Investigation

    A lawyer was fined £5,000 ($6,360) Wednesday for not informing the barrister's regulator of an investigation into him by the Solicitors Regulation Authority over a failure to safeguard client information and assets by a law firm he ran.

  • May 29, 2024

    Teacher Wins Race Harassment Claim Against School

    An employment tribunal has ruled that a school in Wales harassed a Black history teacher while investigating offensive comments she allegedly made in a lesson about her lack of trust in police and her use of a racial slur.

  • May 29, 2024

    HSF Guides £204M Pension Deal For Telcoms Biz Arqiva

    Pension Insurance Corporation PLC said Wednesday it has completed a £204 million ($259.8 million) full buy-in of a retirement savings plan sponsored by telecommunications company Arqiva Ltd., in a deal guided by Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

  • May 29, 2024

    Clifford Chance Guides L&G's £20M Nortel Pension Buyout

    The U.K. pension liabilities of defunct Canadian telecom company Nortel Networks Corp., worth £2.5 billion ($3.2 billion), have now been offloaded fully to Legal & General Assurance Society Ltd., the insurer said Tuesday, after a final transaction steered by Travers Smith LLP, Pinsent Masons LLP, Hogan Lovells and Clifford Chance LLP.

  • May 29, 2024

    Great Western Railway Loses Appeal In Whistleblowing Loss

    Great Western Railway has lost its attempt to overturn a worker's whistleblowing win, as an appeals tribunal held that a judge was right to find the train operator victimized the employee for bringing legal action years earlier.

  • May 29, 2024

    Pensions Provider Sells Biz Before Entering Administration

    A provider of self-invested personal pensions has sold its retirement savings business before it entered administration when its directors expressed concerns over its financial liabilities caused by some of the investments it had allowed.

  • May 29, 2024

    McDermott Hires Senior Restructuring Pro For London Office

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP has added a senior consultant to its transactions practice as the firm looks to bolster its ability to advise on cross-border companies in financial distress.

  • May 28, 2024

    Autonomy Founder Says HP 'Panicked,' Tried To Unwind Deal

    Autonomy founder Michael Lynch testified Tuesday in a California federal criminal trial over claims he conned HP into overpaying for his company that HP's board "panicked" after news of the acquisition leaked and HP's stock dropped 20%, that HP fired its CEO and that it attempted to back out of the deal.

  • May 28, 2024

    Lawyer Wants To Strike COVID Probe As Abuse Of Process

    A solicitor asked the profession's disciplinary tribunal on Tuesday to strike out his prosecution, claiming the legal regulatory body's attempt to sanction him over his representation of workers opposed to the COVID-19 vaccine is an abuse of process.

  • May 28, 2024

    Eastman Group Accused Of Owning No Rights In IP Spat

    A company selling paint protection film for cars is fighting allegations that one of its managers stole a database belonging to Eastman Group in order to jumpstart the business, arguing the information wasn't confidential.

  • May 28, 2024

    Prison OK To Fire Absent Staffer After Boss' Sexual Assault

    A prison did not unfairly sack an employee who was off sick with no likelihood of returning even though the absence began after a supervisor sexually assaulted her, a tribunal has ruled.

  • May 28, 2024

    Labour Party Rules Out Any Additional Tax Rises

    The Labour Party on Tuesday ruled out introducing any more tax rises in addition to measures it has already announced in the event it wins the July 4 general election.

  • May 28, 2024

    Labour Derides 'Gimmick' Tory £2.4B State Pension Extension

    The U.K.'s Labour Party said Tuesday it would maintain the state pension "triple lock" if it won the forthcoming general election, but stopped short of lifting income tax thresholds for the elderly.

  • May 28, 2024

    Aviva Completes £130M Pension Deal With Telereal

     A property investment company has offloaded £130 million ($166 million) of its pension liabilities to Aviva PLC, the insurer said Tuesday.

  • May 28, 2024

    Police To Expand Criminal Probe Into Post Office Scandal

    The criminal investigation into the Post Office IT scandal will be expanded to examine whether senior executives should be charged with per­jury and perverting the course of justice, the Metropolitan Police said Tuesday, the latest chapter in the major miscarriage of justice.

  • May 28, 2024

    Pension Deals Market Working For Small Providers, Aon Says

    The deal market for small pension schemes looking to offload their liabilities to insurers is working despite fears that such plans are being crowded out of the market, Aon said Tuesday.

  • May 28, 2024

    NatWest Unaware Of Former Trader's Asperger's Diagnosis

    A former NatWest trader has lost his bid to revive his disability discrimination claim against the high street lender's investment banking arm as an appeals tribunal upheld findings that it did not know about his Asperger's syndrome diagnosis when he unsuccessfully applied to rejoin the company.

  • May 24, 2024

    The UK Laws That Will Pass Or Fail As Election Looms

    Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's decision to call an early general election to be held on July 4 has left several pieces of legislation hanging in the balance during the so-called "wash-up" period before Parliament is formally dissolved, while others have been pushed through. 

  • May 24, 2024

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week in London has seen an IT engineer seek permission to search a landfill hiding a hard drive supposedly storing millions of pounds in bitcoin, Glencore take on legal action by American Century Investments, gold payment app Glint bring a breach of duty claim against FRP Advisory, and an ongoing dispute between a solicitor and the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • May 24, 2024

    Snap July 4 Election Leaves Pension Reform In Disarray

    The government's decision to call a snap general election for July 4 has left the U.K.'s pension sector in limbo, experts say, with uncertainty over whether the next administration will continue with an ambitious reform program.

  • May 24, 2024

    Generali Italia Denies Owing £1M To Exec With Eye Disease

    Italy's largest insurance company has denied that it owes more than £1 million ($1.2 million) in incapacity benefits and damages to a Quest Software sales director suffering from a degenerative eye disease after rejecting his claim.

  • May 24, 2024

    Ex-Post Office Boss Blames Scandal On Bad Legal Advice

    Paula Vennells blamed the advice of her senior lawyers for not becoming aware of the wrongful prosecutions by the Post Office of innocent people based on faulty IT data, as she gave evidence to the inquiry into the scandal Friday.

  • May 24, 2024

    Labour Victory Would Bring 'Sea Change' In Employment Law

    Victory for the Labour Party on July 4 could bring the most significant shift in employment law in a generation, lawyers said after the prime minister called the general election.

Expert Analysis

  • Disciplinary Ruling Has Lessons For Lawyers On Social Media

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    A recent Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal judgment against a solicitor for online posts deemed antisemitic and offensive highlights the serious sanctions that can stem from conduct on social media and the importance of law firms' efforts to ensure that their employees behave properly, say Liz Pearson and Andrew Pavlovic at CM Murray.

  • The Art Of Corporate Apologies: Crafting An Effective Strategy

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    Public relations challenges often stop companies from apologizing amid alleged wrongdoing, but a recent U.K. government consultation seeks to make this easier, highlighting the importance of corporate apologies and measures to help companies balance the benefits against the potential legal ramifications, says Dina Hudson at Byfield Consultancy.

  • What UK Supreme Court Strike Ruling Means For Employers

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    Although the U.K. Supreme Court recently declared in Mercer v. Secretary of State that part of a trade union rule and employees' human rights were incompatible, the decision will presumably not affect employer engagement with collective bargaining, as most companies are already unlikely to rely on the rule as part of their broader industrial relations strategy, say lawyers at Baker McKenzie.

  • Accounting For Climate Change In Flexible Working Requests

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    Although the U.K. government's recent updates to the country's flexible working laws failed to include climate change as a factor for evaluating remote work requests, employers are not prohibited from considering the environmental benefits — or drawbacks — of an employee's request to work remotely, say Jonathan Carr and Gemma Taylor at Lewis Silkin.

  • Employer Lessons From Red Bull's Misconduct Investigation

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    Red Bull’s recent handling of a high-profile investigation into team principal Christian Horner’s alleged misconduct toward a colleague serves as a reminder of the importance of thorough internal grievance and disciplinary processes, and offers lessons for employers hoping to minimize media attention, say Charlotte Smith and Adam Melling at Walker Morris.

  • Prepping For A Duty To Prevent Workplace Sexual Harassment

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    With the Worker Protection Act set to roll out this October, employers should anticipate their newly heightened positive obligation to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace and begin updating their policies and addressing potential risk areas now, say Fiona McLellan and Rachael McKenzie at Hill Dickinson.

  • Employment Tribunal Fee Proposal Raises Potential Issues

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    The proposal to reintroduce employment tribunal fees in a recent U.K. government consultation poses serious concerns over the right of access to justice, and will only act as a deterrent for claimants and appellants, says Yulia Fedorenko at CM Murray.

  • Dissecting Recent Developments Against The Misuse Of NDAs

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    The U.K. government's recent plans to nullify nondisclosure agreements that prevent victims from reporting crimes should remind lawyers to proactively consider the necessity of such agreements, especially in light of the Solicitors Regulation Authority's warning notice on drafting improper NDAs, say Clare Davis and Macaela Joyes at RPC.

  • 3 Notable Pensions Reforms In Spring Budget

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    The U.K. government’s spring budget introduced reforms to improve pension outcomes through the value for money framework and the lifetime provider model, as well as to encourage investments in Britain — three interlinked areas that could pressure trustees and providers to rethink how they approach investments, say Liz Ramsaran and Marcus Fink at DWF.

  • Uber Payout Offers Employer Lessons On Mitigating Bias

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    Uber Eats' recent payout to a driver over allegations that the company's facial recognition software was discriminatory sheds light on bias in AI, and offers guidance for employers on how to avoid harming employees through the use of such technology, says Rachel Rigg at Fieldfisher.

  • Tracing The Effects Of Salary Hikes For Sponsored Workers

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    The government's new salary thresholds for sponsored workers herald substantial wage increases for the majority of occupations, introducing changes to the sponsorship landscape that disproportionately affect private sector employers, says Gary McIndoe at Latitude Law.

  • What To Know About Latest UK Employment Law Changes

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    As a range of employment law changes came into force this month, such as increased redundancy protections for pregnancy and new parents, employers should ensure compliance with the new requirements, including by providing training and updating internal policies, say lawyers at MoFo.

  • Opinion

    Employment Tribunal Fees Risk Reducing Access To Justice

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    Before the proposed fee regime for employment tribunal claims can take effect, the government needs much more evidence that low-income individuals — arguably the tribunal system's most important users — will not be negatively affected by the fees, says Max Winthrop, employment law committee chair at the Law Society.

  • Tribunal Cases Illustrate Balancing Act Of Anti-Bias Protection

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    Recent employment tribunal discrimination cases show employers the complexities of determining the scope of protected characteristics under the Equality Act, and responding proportionately, particularly when conflicts involve controversial beliefs that can trigger competing employee discrimination claims, say Michael Powner and Sophie Rothwell at Charles Russell.

  • Comparing The UK And EU Approaches To AI Regulation

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    While there are significant points of convergence between the recently published U.K. approach to artificial intelligence regulation and the EU AI Act, there is also notable divergence between them, and it appears that the U.K. will remain a less regulatory environment for AI in the foreseeable future, say lawyers at Steptoe.

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