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April 2017 Employment Law Changes

April 2017 Employment Law Changes

Published: 24 April 2017  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

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  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

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  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

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  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

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  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

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  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

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  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

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  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

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  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

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  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

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  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

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.  

The Autumn Statement 2016 and the Impact on Property

The Autumn Statement 2016 and the Impact on Property

Published: 12 December 2016  |  Category: Property News

The Autumn Statement was delivered by Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer on the 23 November 2016.  The Statement very much focused on infrastructure and housing and there are a number of measures which will have a particular impact upon the area of property.  A few of the important points are considered below.

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  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

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

Why you should have a Shareholders' Agreement

Why you should have a Shareholders' Agreement

Published: 30 September 2016  |  Category: Corporate News

When incorporating a new company, or investing in an existing one, it is important to make sure that the relationship amongst all the shareholders is clear and well-regulated.  This helps to avoid any issues arising further down the line, which may lead to internal conflicts, problems running the business and, in the worst case scenario, litigation amongst shareholders and the possible winding-up of the company.

Land Registry - To privatise or not to privatise - that is the question: The potential effect on every hamlet

Land Registry - To privatise or not to privatise - that is the question: The potential effect on every hamlet

Published: 30 September 2016  |  Category: Property News

The Government has for some time been looking at privatisation of the Land Registry. Currently, both the Land Register and the Land Charges Register are Crown property however,  a number of private equity firms have expressed interest in purchasing the Land Registry. One reportedly has been planning a £1 billion takeover.

Commercial leases, vacant possession and failing to break – even when you have vacated

Commercial leases, vacant possession and failing to break – even when you have vacated

Published: 30 September 2016  |  Category: Property News

A tenant’s recent failure to break its lease, even though it had physically vacated, provides (another) salutary lesson to tenant’s when seeking to implement break ‘right’s’ – Riverside Park Ltd –v- NHS Property Services Ltd [2016]. 

Insolvency Case Law Update

Insolvency Case Law Update

Published: 30 September 2016  |  Category: Fletcher Day News

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

Impact of Brexit in the workplace

Impact of Brexit in the workplace

Published: 6 September 2016  |  Category: Employment News

From both an employer and employee perspective, it is important to be aware of the implications of certain types of behaviour within the workplace following the result of the EU Referendum.

How to get your money……£53 million of it

How to get your money……£53 million of it

Published: 6 September 2016  |  Category: Family News

The newspapers have been awash with news of the former Pirelli model Christina Estrada being awarded the largest ‘needs’ payment made by an English Court, £53 million, from her wealthy husband Dr Sheik Walid Juffali.

How are Employers protected against false claims of discrimination at the Recruitment stage?

How are Employers protected against false claims of discrimination at the Recruitment stage?

Published: 6 September 2016  |  Category: Employment News

The impact of the Brexit is still resonating in peoples ears, and many in the employment field are saying that EC Rules and Directives that currently apply, will have no place in the UK, once we formally leave the EU, however, we are a long way off that date, and for now all rulings from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) will continue to have direct effect on our domestic employment law. 

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