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April 2017 Employment Law Changes

April 2017 Employment Law Changes

Published: 24 April 2017

The month of April is usually an important and busy time for new employment law legislation and this month is no exception.  There are a number of significant changes which will have an impact upon employers who may need to plan and reorganise internal procedures in order to adapt to the new regulations and legislation. Employees should also be aware of the changes as they will have an impact upon their general employment rights.  The effect of some of the changes are considered below.

Fletcher Day growth continues with key Family Department appointment

Fletcher Day growth continues with key Family Department appointment

Published: 24 April 2017

Fletcher Day are delighted to announce the arrival of new Partner Karim Assaad who has joined the firm as a Partner in the Family Department.

Karim brings a wealth of knowledge and depth of experience to the complex and stressful issues that arise on divorce and relationship breakdown.

KEEP CALM AND BREXIT!

KEEP CALM AND BREXIT!

Published: 24 April 2017

KEEP CALM AND BREXIT!

Jovita Vassallo, Head of Dispute Resolution at Fletcher Day, delivered another successful presentation in March 2017 during an International Business Law Consortium conference in Cyprus. Her subject on this occasion was Brexit.

As Article 50 was about to be triggered, Jovita focused on the positive aspects of Brexit. The group of international lawyers, many of whom were European, found this approach refreshing, and came away feeling more confident about the process than before.

They say charity begins at home, does it?

They say charity begins at home, does it?

Published: 24 April 2017

The facts of the case were that a Mrs Melita Jackson had been estranged from her daughter Heather  Ilott since as long ago as 1978 and that rift never healed. Generally speaking Heather never had a great deal of money. She had to claim benefits and had little money to spare.

Mrs Jackson made a Will in which she left everything to various charities. She also wrote a Side Letter  in which she explained her reasons for excluding her daughter Heather altogether.  Melita Jackson subsequently died leaving an estate valued at almost £500,000.

Fletcher Day expansion continues with the appointment of Employment specialist Andrea London

Fletcher Day expansion continues with the appointment of Employment specialist Andrea London

Published: 14 February 2017

Central London commercial law firm Fletcher Day has announced the appointment of Andrea London as a Partner to head up its burgeoning Employment department. The appointment takes effect from Tuesday, 7th February 2017.
Property transactions – ‘it’s not fair they have taken my deposit. Is there any way I can get it back?’

Property transactions – ‘it’s not fair they have taken my deposit. Is there any way I can get it back?’

Published: 27 January 2017

A recent case reminds us all of the vulnerability of deposits paid in property transactions.  Whilst statute might exceptionally come to the aid of those who cannot complete a contract and lose their deposit – ordinarily loss of a deposit is no more than what you bargained for.

Solid Rock Investments UK Ltd –v- Reddy [2016] EWHC 3043 (Ch)

Are you a Property Seller or an Estate Agent?

Are you a Property Seller or an Estate Agent?

Published: 27 January 2017

If so be careful to ensure that your terms of engagement are clear from the start.

It has long been established in English law that in order for a binding Contract to arise you need one person to make another person an offer, for that offer to then be accepted and for something of value to change hands between them. Also the people concerned must intend that this should give rise to a legally binding relationship.  The final key element is that the terms between them must be clear and certain.

Time For a No Fault divorce?

Time For a No Fault divorce?

Published: 27 January 2017

When it comes to making the difficult decision to separate from your partner most individuals would like the whole process to be as pain free as possible. However, this is not always possible as in England & Wales blame needs to be attributed to one party following a breakdown of a relationship to satisfy grounds of divorce. Blame does not surface when parties have been separated for 2 or 5 years but in practice people do not want to wait 2 years before bringing a formal conclusion to their marriage.

What’s in a Word?

What’s in a Word?

Published: 27 January 2017

I have always been fascinated by the meaning of words, particularly their meaning in law. One of my great interests in this area are the words ‘Employee’, ’Worker’, ‘and Sub-Contractor’. I have acted in many cases for both sides on the meaning of these very words, including acting in a landmark case back in 2010 to the Court of Appeal on the meaning of ‘Sub-Contractor ’(Tilson -v- Alstrom).

Amendments to Applications

Amendments to Applications

Published: 27 January 2017

A recent High Court decision highlighted the Court’s extensive discretionary and case management powers, albeit in circumstances in which the presiding Master (Master Matthews) opted against exercising his discretion to grant the application.
Applications to amend statements of case before the courts have decided the cases in question are often issued but in Agents Mutual Ltd v Moginnie James Ltd [2016] EWHC 3384 (Ch) the issue before the Court was whether or not an application notice could be amended.

The Rights of Workers in the “Gig” Economy

The Rights of Workers in the “Gig” Economy

Published: 12 December 2016

There has been much talk and publicity recently about the “Gig” economy which is becoming widely popular. This type of arrangement consists of a working environment where temporary positions are common place and workers are paid for separate pieces of work.  Often companies will contract with independent workers to carry out these short term engagements.  

Fletcher Day are pleased to announce it has been ranked in the Legal 500, 2016 edition, for its Commercial Litigation and Property Litigation departments.

Fletcher Day are pleased to announce it has been ranked in the Legal 500, 2016 edition, for its Commercial Litigation and Property Litigation departments.

Published: 1 December 2016

Fletcher Day are pleased to announce it has been ranked in the Legal 500, 2016 edition, for its Commercial Litigation and Property Litigation departments. 

Insolvency Case Law Update

Insolvency Case Law Update

Published: 30 September 2016

Key points arising out of three important decisions are selected by Insolvency Partner, Alejandro Worthington.

Fletcher Day welcomes Vandna Sharma to Family Department

Fletcher Day welcomes Vandna Sharma to Family Department

Published: 26 August 2016

Vandna joins Fletcher Day from a boutique practice in Kingston-Upon-Thames and deals with all aspects of Family law including, divorce, financial settlement and arrangements for children.

Fletcher Day welcomes Adam Taylor

Fletcher Day welcomes Adam Taylor

Published: 23 June 2016

Adam Taylor recently transferred his practice from Child & Child to join the firm’s growing and highly regarded insolvency department which is now headed up by three partners.

Fletcher Day Summer Party Success

Fletcher Day Summer Party Success

Published: 23 June 2016

On the evening of the Brexit vote, and despite the horrendous weather and ensuing travel chaos, Fletcher Day’s Summer Party nonetheless took place.

Fletcher Day welcomes Amanda Hodgson

Fletcher Day welcomes Amanda Hodgson

Published: 23 June 2016

Fletcher Day are pleased to announce that Amanda Hodgson has recently joined the firm as a Partner in the Property and Employment law departments.

Fletcher Day welcomes Alejandro Worthington

Fletcher Day welcomes Alejandro Worthington

Published: 23 June 2016

Alejandro joins Fletcher Day in June 2016 from City firm, Kennedys, bringin with him 12 years of Insolvency experience.

Fletcher Day Expansion: New Headquarters in the Heart of Mayfair

Fletcher Day Expansion: New Headquarters in the Heart of Mayfair

Published: 14 April 2016

Fletcher Day is delighted to announce its exciting expansion plans, reflecting the growth and development of the Firm generally.  On 1st April 2016, our Headquarters relocated to 56 Conduit Street, Mayfair, W1S 2YZ, a short walk away from the old office on Savile Row.   

Fletcher Day opens Manchester Office

Fletcher Day opens Manchester Office

Published: 29 February 2016

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Fletcher Day now has a new office in the heart of Manchester. The office represents a bold and exciting move for FD and provides a wonderful opportunity to expand our operation in the North. The Manchester and London offices will be working together closely to further the expansion of the firm and continue providing excellent services for our clients.

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