Archived Legal Articles from 2010

Employment & HR

December

Avoid the pitfalls of the office Christmas Party

15/12/10

The festive season is upon us and many employers will be holding a Christmas party. Although it may take place outside of working hours and away from the normal place of work, the Christmas party is a work event and therefore an employer may be liable for the acts of their employees unless they can…

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November

Do you take thee ... day off?

24/11/10

Following the announcement that the Royal Wedding will be a bank holiday Forbes Solicitors is advising businesses to check contracts to see what impact this may have on their business. Kate Middleton and Prince William are due to marry on Friday 29th April 2011. Prime Minister, David Cameron has…

S & L Wilson acquires Howards Opticians Ltd

11/11/10

Forbes Solicitors has advised S&L Wilson Limited on the acquisition of the business and assets of Howards Opticians Limited for £300,000. The transaction was led by Pauline Rigby with assistance from Sanya Motorwala, both of Forbes Solicitors' Business Law team. Pauline commented, "…

Redundancy Considerations - Selection Criteria

05/11/10

In the current economic climate more employers are having to consider whether to make redundancies. Redundancy can be a distressing experience for both employees and employers. If an employer is in the unfortunate position of having to potentially make employees redundant, then it is important they…

Deal Announcement - Forbes acts for Concept4

04/11/10

Forbes Solicitors recently acted on behalf of Concept4 in purchasing the assets of Fusion Web Development Limited for an undisclosed sum. Nelson based Concept4, a national marketing and branding agency who have a particular focus on educational programmes acquired the assets of Chorley based Fusion Web…

U r Sacked

02/11/10

Lancashire law firm Forbes Solicitors is issuing a warning to local pubs and restaurants after a barmaid was awarded more than £14,000 after being sacked by text message. Karen Ogilvie overslept for her evening shift at the Gaiety Bar after working 11 hours the day before. She subsequently…

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October

Client Demand Fuels Further Expansion

28/10/10

The Employment Law team at Forbes Solicitors has recently expanded for the 4th year running following the appointment of Emma Newbould. The department is the largest team of specialist employment Solicitors in Lancashire and also includes a HR Business Support Manager. All five solicitors in the team…

Comprehensive Spending Review

20/10/10

The Chancellor's announcements today will have a huge impact on Lancashire Business. In the North-West, it is estimated that the cuts will result in excess of 100,000 public sector employees losing their jobs. Nationwide, up to 490,000 jobs in the public sector will be lost by 2014 – 15. Experts are…

The Poorer Sex?

14/10/10

Forbes Solicitors is warning employers to ensure that they promote equal opportunities within the workplace or face unlimited compensation claims following the first report by The Equality and Human Rights Commission to Parliament on the progress that society is making towards its vision of equality…

Strike Action: Boris' Opening Salvo

05/10/10

Following on from the recent strike action surrounding the London Underground, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson has led calls for a change to the law surrounding strike action. Mr Johnson's view is that at least fifty percent of union members polled ought to be in favour of strike action before it can…

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September

Update on National minimum wage increases

28/09/10

The principal rate of the national minimum wage will rise from 5.80 to 5.93 per hour from 1 October 2010. Please note that the age from which the principal rate becomes payable will change from 22 to 21. Workers aged between 18 and 20 receive a rise from 4.83 to 4.92 and those workers aged below 18 who…

Employing foreign workers... or can you?

28/09/10

At present you can no longer employ low-skilled workers from outside the EEA as Tier 3 of the points system has been suspended. In addition, from 19th July 2010 a limit has been placed on the number of certificates of sponsorship that each sponsor can assign to migrant workers under Tier 2 (General).…

Agency Workers v Permanent Employees

28/09/10

In many industries there are different types of employment relationships between the owner and staff. This is particularly true in the hospitality industry and there is often a need for flexibility in working hours to accommodate the needs of the business in offering its services; be it a function at a…

Last remaining places at Forbes' Employment Law Seminar

21/09/10

Forbes Solicitors will again be running its popular employment law updates in October. The seminars will guide delegates through recent changes in employment legislation along with updates relating to discrimination, redundancy, discipline and grievance and unfair dismissal. Plenty of practical advice…

Trainees qualify at Forbes

16/09/10

Lancashire law firm Forbes Solicitors is pleased to announce four of its trainee solicitors have now fully qualified after completing their two year training contracts with the firm. Emma Newbould qualifies into Employment at Blackburn, Anthony Parkinson into Crime at Preston whilst Siobhan O'…

Forbes comes out top in Lancashire

09/09/10

In the leading guide to legal services, the Legal 500, Forbes Solicitors has increased the number of categories it is recommended in to 13, up three from last year, and once again out performed all its local competitors. Forbes is the only Lancashire law firm to appear in six categories - Property…

Will The Real Stig Please Stand Up?

02/09/10

Following the case at the High Court yesterday in which the BBC was unsuccessful in preventing the disclosure of the identity of their popular figure "the Stig", Forbes Solicitors is advising employers to look at confidentiality clauses in any employment contract carefully. Fans of the programme will…

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August

Prime Minister's Paternity Leave

25/08/10

The birth of the Prime Minister's fourth child yesterday has again highlighted the issue of paternity leave according to Forbes Solicitors. Under present law, all male employees are entitled to take up to two weeks paternity leave from their employment and it has now been reported that Mr Cameron is to…

Death Knell For Salary Sacrifice Schemes?

18/08/10

The European Court of Justice has recently handed down their opinion on the taxable status of salary sacrifice schemes. In the case of Commissioners for HMRC v. Astra Zeneca UK Limited , the ECJ decided that Astra Zenica's salary sacrifice scheme was subject to VAT, as contended by HMRC. Astra…

Putting the Old in Golden Balls?

12/08/10

Following recent comments after yesterday's England friendly against Hungary which seem to threaten the future international career of football superstar David Beckham, Forbes Solicitors is issuing a fresh warning to employers to keep their eye on the ball to avoid discrimination claims. On…

Nuts about KP

04/08/10

The recent form of England batter Kevin Pietersen has been a source of concern for cricket fans, with some blaming his poor performance on the fact his County Club, Hampshire refused to allow him to play in a one day match, depriving "KP" of match practice. Local Employment Law expert Jonathan Holden…

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July

No longer shy and retiring?

29/07/10

Forbes Solicitors is advising employers to be prepared for the forthcoming changes to retirement age following the government announcement. The government is planning to scrap the default retirement age in the UK from October 2011, meaning employers would not be allowed to dismiss staff because…

Leaks of a different kind at BP…

26/07/10

Following reports in the reports in the media today and over the weekend, that BP boss Tony Hayward is to have his employment terminated by BP Forbes Solicitors is reminding employers to ensure employment contracts are kept up to date. It is reported that Mr Haywood will receive a large compensation…

Rise in Employment Tribunal Claims

07/07/10

The annual statistics for 2009/2010 have just been published by the Tribunals Service. They show the usual increase in the workload of the Tribunal, which is increasing year on year. The highlights: · An increase in the amount of claims being lodged at Employment Tribunals; up by 56% compared…

Putting pay to secrecy?

02/07/10

The Government has today published the six-figure salaries of more than 150 employees in tax payer supported "quangos". This is part of the coalition government's ongoing plan for transparency within the public sector. However, Forbes Solicitors is warning about the wider implications of publishing…

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June

Not So Fab?

30/06/10

The disappointing performance of the England football team in the World Cup has left many people calling for the dismissal of the Team Manager, Fabio Capello. Whilst many may view this as desirable, and perhaps necessary, employers should be aware that in practice, dismissal of any employee,…

Stop Press: Important News on Compromise Agreements

25/06/10

The Court of Appeal yesterday handed down their decision in the case of Gibb -v-Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust. Ms Gibb was the Chief Executive of Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust. An investigation into the trust by the Healthcare Commission was carried out following an outbreak of…

Upfront Vol ONE // Spring 2010 - The Employment Edition

17/06/10

If you would like to see our new format Employment Newsletter - Upfont Vol ONE // Spring 2010- The Employment Edition please click here. We hope you like the new style and layout but if you have any comments or feedback please do let us know, we value your input.

Upfront Vol ONE // Spring 2010 - Commercial

03/06/10

If you would like to see our new format Commercial Newsletter - Upfront Vol ONE // Spring 2010 please click here . We hope you like the new style and layout but if you have any comments or feedback please do let us know, we value your input.

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May

Overtime - key considerations

28/05/10

Many businesses often use overtime working as a way of coping with changes in demand and increased workloads. Whilst this can be mutually beneficial to both businesses and employees there are certain legal implications that need to be carefully considered. · It is important that overtime…

Time off for kick off?

25/05/10

With the World Cup looming and many matches taking place mid afternoon Forbes Solicitors is warning employers to carefully consider whether to give staff time off to cheer on their team. Although there is no legal requirement for employers to allow time off to watch World Cup matches it may be…

Forbes Solicitors announces promotions

21/05/10

Lancashire law firm Forbes Solicitors is delighted to announce that Naila Aziz, Sarah Hinde, Jonathan Holden and Craig Liversidge have been appointed as Associates of the firm. Naila is part of the Insurance team at Blackburn which advises on civil litigation matters. Jonathan is part of our team…

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April

Workplace Eruptions?

20/04/10

The closure of virtually all airports in North Western Europe has left many workers stranded abroad. Lancashire law firm Forbes Solicitors is warning that this is going to have significant implications on employees and the businesses they work for. Many small businesses will have to make alternative…

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March

Forbes named Corporate Law Firm of the Year for the third year running

05/03/10

Forbes Solicitors, leading local law firm with offices across the North West, has been named Corporate Law Firm of the Year at the Insider Dealmakers Awards 2010 for the third year running. The award recognises outstanding performance by a law firm within Lancashire. The award ceremony, held at…

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February

Bullying - A Warning to All Employers

24/02/10

Lancashire law firm Forbes Solicitors has warned that it is essential for employers to deal fully with any allegations of bullying and harassment and put in place appropriate policies to deal with them after the issue of bullying was pushed into the spotlight. Bullying in the work place can range from…

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January

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Employment & HR

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Big Brother at Work

Surveillance and privacy in the work has been under the spotlight recently at the European Court of Human…

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