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  • Friday 3rd July 2015

    Time spent in union meetings can be working time under the WTR

    The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has overturned a recent Employment Tribunal case that held time spent by a Health and Safety rep and a union rep attending union meetings between shifts could be working time within the meaning of the Working Time Regulations 1998. The Employer’s ...

  • Friday 3rd July 2015

    Discrimination and the mind-set of the decision-maker

    A recent Court of Appeal decision looked at discrimination when the decision-maker relied on others’ information. The case concerned the Chief Medical Officer at Canada Life, Dr Reynolds who was engaged under a consultancy agreement. The consultancy was terminated by the general ...

  • Friday 3rd July 2015

    Employment myths

    If an employee resigns within a certain period of receiving training, we can deduct training fees from their final salary payment The starting point is that it is unlawful to make deductions unless authorised by statute, the employment contract or the employee has given prior written ...

  • Monday 29th June 2015

    In & Around Holiday Contact

    As the summer holidays approach, I see an increase in enquiries about how to resolve issues over holiday contact arrangements for children. Last year, a significant change took place with regard to the way that disputes over children issues are resolved. Amendment to the law resulted ...

  • Tuesday 5th May 2015

    Welcome to InBrief

    Welcome to the summer issue of Gullands Solicitors’ firm wide magazine. I am particularly delighted to introduce you to this special Magna Carta edition, which marks the 800th anniversary of the Great Charter. As the front cover portrays, the famous Magna Carta was an agreement between ...

  • Tuesday 5th May 2015

    Pre-nups the facts

    This is a concept that doesn’t sit comfortably with most people. The very idea of a pre-nup is in stark contrast to the romance of finding that one person you want to share the rest of your life with. We spend our whole lives planning for and protecting our future and/or the future of ...

  • Tuesday 5th May 2015

    The Allington Debate Celebrating 800 years of Magna Carta

    The Great Charter Magna Carta was born from a long and tedious process of negotiations between King John and a group of rebellious barons led by Robert Fitzwalter, Lord of Dunmow. After King John’s attempts to increase taxes to fund an unsuccessful invasion of Normandy, which had been ...

  • Tuesday 5th May 2015

    Divorce in the news

    One of the higher profile divorce cases to hit the news in recent weeks was the case of Wyatt v Vince in the Supreme Court. After a short marriage, Ms Wyatt had been divorced from Mr Vince way back in the 1990s, and Mr Vince had gone on to become a multi-millionaire. Ms Wyatt was ...

  • Tuesday 5th May 2015

    Spousal Maintenance - has anything changed?

    When couples get divorced there are a number of financial orders open to them. Properties can be sold or transferred, pensions shared and lump sums awarded. Child maintenance is always payable by the absent parent. The other option is spousal maintenance, usually a monthly sum ...

  • Tuesday 5th May 2015

    Paramount Theme Park takes a step closer

    The construction industry in North Kent is eagerly awaiting one of the largest building projects in the county’s history to start, and it will take a step closer once planning permission is applied for later this year. The Paramount Theme Park, the £2 billion project for the Swanscombe ...

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