Archived Legal Articles from 2013

Employment & HR

November

National Tender Win For Forbes

25/11/13

Forbes Solicitors has been appointed as the provider of Employment Law advice to The Information Commissioner's Office for new matters following a competitive tendering process. The ICO is the UK's independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by…

Forbes Voted Best Legal Company For Second Year Running

08/11/13

Forbes Solicitors triumphed at the Lancashire Business Awards to walk away as Best Legal Company for the second year running. The awards, organised by business lobbying group Downtown Lancashire in Business and held at Stanley House Hotel, honour the most successful entrepreneurs and high growth…

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August

Warning For Employers When Dismissing

09/08/13

Following a recent Tribunal case an Employment Specialist at Forbes Solicitors is warning local employers to ensure they have a clear and legitimate reason behind their decision to dismiss an employee or risk facing significant financial penalties. In this particular case the employee was dismissed for…

Employment Law Update - A Snapshot

08/08/13

The past month has seen significant changes in relation to Employment Law and below are some of the key changes that Employers need to be aware of. Protected Conversations and Settlement Agreements Section 111A of the Employment Rights Act was implemented on 29th July 2013 and aims to introduce a…

Employers Beware: Zero Hours Contracts Under Review

05/08/13

With the Government set to review the use of 'zero hours' contracts in response to Union calls to ban them an Employment Solicitor at Forbes Solicitors is warning Employers that, despite the flexibility, they do not come without risks. It is estimated that there are over 200,000 people employed on…

Fixed Cost Employer Protection From Forbes

02/08/13

Forbes Solicitors has launched a new service designed to help businesses minimise the risks and costs associated with employment law. HR Complete is a fixed-cost insurance-backed employment law protection scheme which protects businesses from the risks often associated with employment law. Scheme…

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July

Latest Employment Tribunal Statistics Published

12/07/13

Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has now published the latest quarterly employment statistics for the period of January 2013 to March 2013, which also include the annual statistics for the 2012-2013 financial year. A look at the statistics reveals: An increase in the number of cases…

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June

Unison Challenges Tribunal Fees

18/06/13

An Employment Solicitor at Forbes is warning that Unison challenging the introduction of Tribunal Fees is a step back for the Government's plans to reduce the number of Employment Tribunals. Unison is set to challenge the Ministry of Justice's decision to bring in fees for claims in the Employment…

Unfair Dismissal Cap Welcomed

13/06/13

An employment expert at Forbes Solicitors has welcomed The Government's announced proposals to bring into law the limit of the statutory cap for unfair dismissal awards. The proposal is to limit the compensation for unfair dismissals to a maximum of either £74,200.00 (presently the cap on the…

Misguided Complaints Not A Reason For Dismissal

07/06/13

An Employment expert at Forbes Solicitors is warning that employers can not dismiss an employee despite them making continuous misguided complaints against the organisation. Over a period of four years an employee issued ten separate internal grievances alleging some form of discrimination and 7…

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May

Employment Tribunal Fees Set For Summer 2013

29/05/13

An employment expert at Lancashire law firm Forbes Solicitors has welcomed the news that the date for the introduction of fees for issuing tribunal claims has now been announced. The employment tribunal is currently free of charge but as of 29th July 2013 a two tier fee system will be introduced. Type…

Promotions at Forbes

07/05/13

Forbes Solicitors is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Partners and four Associates as part of its continued growth. Jonathan Holden and Leonie Millard from the Employment and Personal Injury departments respectively have both been promoted to Partner. Gregory Poole from Wills,…

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April

Not Sugar Coated: Former Apprentice Winner Loses Case against Lord Sugar

12/04/13

Lord Sugar's former Apprentice losing her constructive unfair dismissal case should serve as a stark warning to Claimants of the burden of proof required to be successful in these types of claims warns Forbes Solicitors. Stella English, former Apprentice winner, sued Lord Sugar after resigning from…

HR Forum Continues To Grow With Forbes' Support

08/04/13

Forbes Solicitors has signed up to support a Lancashire based employer's forum for a further two years after the continued growth and success of the events. The Lancashire HR Employer's Forum has seen significant growth since Forbes started to support the forums in 2011 and is now regularly attended…

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February

Employment Duo To Be Based In Preston

19/02/13

Due to client demand two members of the Forbes' Employment Team will now be based in Preston. Traditionally the Employment Team serviced clients across Lancashire from Forbes' Head Office in Blackburn but due to an increase in client demand in the Preston area, two of the Team, Emma Newbould and…

Businesses Face Up To Pension Changes

18/02/13

Forbes Solicitors Employment Team gave over 50 delegates a real insight on the procedures which need to be in place for the new Pensions Auto-Enrolment Scheme. Forbes Employment Specialists explained the steps companies should take to ensure their business is prepared for the change, giving tips and…

New Employment Tribunal Compensation Limits

01/02/13

New Employment Tribunal Compensation Limits The limits on compensation in the Employment Tribunal increase each year and from today the new limits will apply as follows:- The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal rises from £72,300 to £74,200. A maximum week's pay for…

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January

Ruling On Wearing Religious Symbols At Work

15/01/13

Forbes Solicitors is warning local employers to be careful when enforcing dress codes following the judgments made on religious expression in the workplace. British Airways, Mrs Eweida's employers, had a policy that prohibited her from wearing a cross around her neck whilst at work. She claimed…

Racing Commentator Put Out To Pasture

10/01/13

A Lancashire Employment expert is highlighting the issue of age discrimination following news that former Channel 4 broadcaster John McCirick is set to sue the channel for £3 million on grounds of age discrimination. McCirick, 72, has been axed from their racing coverage and claims that it was…

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27 Jul 2018

Employment & HR

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Employment Tribunal Claims Continue to Rise Following Abolition of Tribunal Fees

The Employment Tribunal (ET) is an independent judicial body established to resolve disputes between employers…

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