EAT decision highlights that abuse of the grievance process may give employers grounds to dismiss
For a Will to be valid, it must be signed in the presence of two witnesses. This may cause difficulties when social distancing or self-isolating.
Details of, and comments on, the recently launched HMRC consultation on reforms to the SDLT mixed property and multiple dwellings relief rules.
In some cases, delaying legal proceedings to pursue a grievance process will mean it is just and equitable to extend time.
We look here at the key elements of the DfE updated and consolidated guidance on external reviews of governance.
Reflecting on the Backbench Business Committee debate, 14 Dec: the contribution of co-operative and mutual societies to the economy and public life.
COP26 was a crucial moment in the fight against climate change. TCFD reporting is an important part and something all organisations ought to plan for.
How thorough should an investigation be?
One of the partners in our community-led housing team is currently developing her own cohousing project in Cumbria.
We look here at the legal and practical reasons why academy trusts need to manage conflicts of interest and what this means for them in practice.
Watch our video in which the Wrigleys community-led housing team share stories of legal issues faced by CLTs and how these were solved.
From 30 November new Transfer Regulations will enable trustees to refuse a member’s transfer request where a pensions scam is suspected.
Supreme Court confirms that offers which would temporarily take a term of employment out of collective bargaining procedures can be unlawful.
To suspend or not to suspend?
Recent case considered whether menopausal symptoms could have substantial adverse impact on claimant.
Wrigleys recently hosted a climate café for community-led-housing projects, which generated thoughtful discussions and lots of buzzy energy.
A High Court judgment has affirmed that minor data breaches, handled swiftly, won’t normally justify an award of damages to affected data subjects.
Dismissal was not discriminatory because employer did not know about disability.
A look at the key structuring and decision making processes which are put in place for a successful employee owned business.
Employers are currently dealing with a number of issues in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Disabled Adaptations in Leasehold flats and common parts.
The provisions of the Pension Schemes Act 2021 creating new criminal offences and financial penalties come into force on 1 October 2021.
Tribunal decision will provide comfort for employers who sent pregnant staff home for health and safety reasons.
We consider the implications for the previous owners, the Trust and the employees on the onward sale of the shares in the trading company.
We explore Family Investment Companies and whether they could be right for you.
School Aged Immunisation Service will be legally responsible for the rollout.
Tribunal decision offers useful insight into how employers may have been exposed to claims during the pandemic.
The deadline is fast approaching to apply for the next stage of the Community Housing Fund.
Ever wanted to live on a boat? – The community led housing (CLH) movement continues to grow, and we look at ways in which CLH might take to the water.
Film company failed to defend claim on the basis that there was an occupational requirement not to be pregnant.
EAT decision adds to established principles on the reasonableness of paying for a role no longer being performed.
This article aims to summarise the most important parts of the Subsidy Control Bill (the “Bill”) following its publication on 30 June 2021.
Vaccination requirement will apply to most people working in CQC regulated care homes from 11 November 2021.
New guidance from the Court of Protection on appointing the Official Solicitor in both personal welfare and property, and affairs proceedings.
Decision that a teacher was unfairly dismissed when they were not prosecuted for criminal charges is overturned.
Have higher education courses during the pandemic offered students good value for money?
The prospectus for the next round of the Community Housing Fund should be published in August. Groups hoping to apply need to start preparing now.
Ensuring the future of a family business is often of utmost concern to families and is a crucial decision that requires careful thought and planning.
Women are still more likely to have caring responsibilities despite increase in fathers caring for children.
The Information Commissioners Office (“ICO”) has published its decision to fine the charity Mermaids £25,000 following a data breach.
We explore the most appropriate way to leave money to a vulnerable young person in your will.
A look at the key characteristics of a robust employee-owned business and how this should be managed for a successful future.
Michael Wilcock has been offered a permanent role with Wrigleys Solicitors following his successful training contract.
TUC calls for long Covid to be a deemed disability and highlights the ongoing and potential future impact Covid may have on workforces.
Where changes to your charity have occurred rapidly, ensuring good governance and strong policies and procedures is vital.
This article considers the main benefits, both financial, commercial and social, from transitioning your business to employee ownership.
Employee ownership can be a preferred option available to businesses when considering succession planning. In this article we consider why.
In this article we briefly cover the basics of employee ownership and what it could mean for the future of your business.
Failure to explore negotiations with employee were key factor.
Government updates guidance to reflect step 3 of the roadmap for easing restrictions.
The government is due to release its new model shared ownership lease, following on from a recent consultation that drew over 250 responses.
Lack of manual handling training in lifting disabled pupil was a fundamental breach of contract.
Draft bill excludes community housing leases from new rules prohibiting the charging of financial ground rents on new, long residential leases.
When will the disposal of shares by trustees qualify for Entrepreneurs’ Relief?
Wrigleys are pleased to announce the promotion to the partnership of Matthew Featherstone within the agriculture and rural property team.
EAT: The way H&S activities were carried out was not separable from performing the activities.
Court of Appeal denies Addison Lee appeal following the Supreme Court’s decision in Uber v Aslam.
Tribunal considers application of workplace protection in cases of ‘serious and imminent danger’.
Workers who are permitted to sleep during the shift are not performing “time work” or “salaried hours work”
Representatives will often find themselves faced with agreements or contracts to sign, including sponsorship, advertising, coaching or marketing.
Considerations for school employers following changes to working from home and shielding advice.
As the country emerges from lockdown, what do employers need to know about the rules on working from home?
Community groups will be able to bid for funding from June 2021, to help rescue local community assets at risk of being lost.
A large number of trusts that were not previously required to register must now register on TRS in 2022.
This article looks at the ‘Coming Home’ Report, recently published by the Church of England addressing the current housing crisis in this country.
New proposed measures continue debate on free speech on university campuses.
Review of the Government’s response to Law Commission recommendations for reform.
Court of Appeal dismisses latest in series of cases brought by former magistrate.
Court of Appeal decision highlights careful balance between freedoms and limitations of expression.
One of the partners in our community-led housing team is currently developing her own cohousing project in Cumbria.
Wrigleys are delighted to welcome Will Foley to their Leeds office.
The impact on UK’s data protection regime and steps UK charities need to take to ensure personal data can continue to flow across UK-EEA borders.
Employer was entitled to dismiss in circumstances surrounding the refusal.
This issue came up recently in the case of E v London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham  EWCOP 7 and here is what happened.
EAT: assessment of whether employer took all reasonable steps to prevent discrimination should include deciding if a step is likely to be effective.
The legal considerations for schools and academy trusts.
Regulations introduced in November 2020 have been scrapped due to ‘unintended consequences’
This article covers what is reasonable, disciplinary procedures and discrimination claims.
A recent case examines the so-called ‘costs plus’ rule when considering indirect discrimination justification.
Decision took account of employee’s length of service prior to leaving the organisation.
We are delighted to announce that Wrigleys is now a member of the Brain Injury Group’s Court of Protection panel.
We explore what we have learnt about Academy Trust Governance during Covid-19.
Wrigleys are delighted to have welcomed new solicitors and tax professionals into three different teams across the firm during 2020.
EAT decision strikes balance between rights and protections created under the Agency Workers Regulations 2010.
We look at the position for special schools and alternative provision following last night’s televised address by Boris Johnson.
EAT: An employer’s motive and conduct in making a role redundant is not relevant to determining if a redundancy situation exists.
GMP equalisation – our pensions team look at the outcome of third Lloyds case on transfers and consider some of the practical issues for trustees.
DBS recommends employers change recruitment questions about convictions and cautions to reflect these new rules.
What should schools and academy trusts consider before observing remote and face to face lessons in the Covid-19 crisis?
Redundancy payments should be based on pre-furlough pay but what happens where employees have no normal hours?
LMS a 21 year old with Sotos Syndrome, significant autism and some learning disability lacked the capacity to manage her own finances.
High Court: UK has failed to implement EU law protecting workers from detriment on health and safety grounds.
Proposed reforms to IHT & CGT: How might the government balance its books in the long term & attempt to recover some of the financial costs of COVID?
Recent case considered whether an employer could have prevented a practical joke that caused injury.
Local Government Ombudsman considers whether deputyship costs should be allowed as an expense in residential social care means testing.
We look at the key highlights for multi academy trusts from the DfE’s School and Trust Governance Investigative Report.
Interest in establishing a Mutual Home Ownership Society (MHOS) is growing among CLH groups. We explore what it means to be an MHOS & how it works.
Long-term affordability is often a key aim for community-led housing groups. Here, we outline models which can facilitate perpetual affordability.
Government announces furlough support as previously available at 1 August.
Employees on maternity leave have special protections which employers should be aware of as they make key workforce decisions in the coming months.
Is there a lower expectation of privacy for those working in certain professions?
It’s become increasingly popular for surplus land to be considered by town & parish councils for community-led housing. We explore the reasons why.
Is the LGO making the right call with complaints around deprivation of capital? We look at two recent decisions which have raised concern.
EAT confirms the Acas Code of Practice applied where a protected disclosure led to dismissal.
Value-for-money is a daily concern, driven by funding constraints and compliance. So what are the key considerations for academy trusts and CEOs?
At Wrigleys Solicitors, we have been at the forefront of the community-led housing movement for over thirty years.
The Secretary of State has directed that remote education shall be a legal requirement. So what does this mean for schools and trusts?
As a remote education offering is soon to become a legal requirement, a reminder that safeguarding duties persist.
As a former academy trust CEO is barred from school management, we look at the lessons that can be learned.
Key considerations for employers dealing with requests to work differently in the context of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Employers must fund at least 55% of normal wages if claiming under the new scheme.
The first Child Trust Funds have started to pay out this month.
Particular adverse effects of delusions on the individual were not ‘long-term’.
The Wrigleys’ charities and social economy team is delivering a series of webinars this autumn.
As covid restrictions flux and local lockdowns increase, agile governance is ever more important. What does this mean for schools and academy trusts?
Laurel Sleet and Daniel Lewis have been offered permanent roles.
Unfair to dismiss for reputational damage when this was not put to the teacher as a formal allegation.
The House of Commons Treasury Committee has taken evidence from a panel of tax experts on its inquiry called “Tax after Coronavirus”.
Following lockdown and the phased and full opening of schools, we look at the importance of ensuring your contracts are up-to-date.
Case helpfully clarifies an important aspect of the interaction between reasonable adjustments and s.15 discrimination claims.
Key changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and how to calculate termination payments for furloughed staff.
Employers cannot claim the Job Retention Bonus where the employee is under notice of termination of employment before 1 February 2021.
Court case confirms that members of charitable companies are fiduciaries and owe duties as such. We look at what this means for charitable companies.
Court identifies significant factors for a tribunal to consider when determining employment status.
We look at how students might request grading information from schools and colleges following results day and how to deal with such requests.
A court case has confirmed that members of charitable companies are fiduciaries and owe duties as such. We look at what this means for academy trusts.
HMRC has announced two new tax reliefs for housing co-operatives.
It's now over two years to the month since the biggest change in data protection law for a generation.
Although offering an appeal is recommended, there is no statutory right to one in redundancy situations.
Wrigleys are delighted to welcome Orlando Bridgeman to their Newcastle office.
The recent ECJ judgment in Schrems II has shaken up data sharing arrangements outside the EEA. We look at the impact of the decision on charities.
The Office of Tax Simplification is reviewing Capital Gains Tax. We look at how this might affect Wrigleys’ rural clients.
We answer the questions most asked by our clients about the recently announced Stamp Duty Land Tax holiday.
This article explains the legal requirements that come with exempt charity status.
The Black Lives Matter movement has made diversity a focus for schools and trusts. We look at the Charity Governance Code and how this can help you.
Plans include a Job Retention Bonus for employers who keep on furloughed staff and opportunities for young people.
Recent case highlights the difference between working under a contract of employment and ‘collateral work’.
Follow our solicitor as she develops her own cohousing project.
Complaints continue to be received by HMRC about possible furlough fraud by employers.
We consider the ICO’s guidance for organisations conducting testing of employees and provide practical advice for complying with data protection law.
This article explores the use of DPIAs in schools, when they must be used and tips on undertaking a meaningful assessment of data protection risks.
The following guide summarises the key requirements that members and boards of academy trusts must satisfy when making decisions.
What are the implications of monitoring employee communications in the current crisis?
The new Academies Financial Handbook has been published which will be effective from 1st September 2020. We look here at what it means for your trust.
Sixth form colleges are governed by corporations or academy trusts, as exempt charities. We explore what this means and complying with their duties.
The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act is currently being considered in the House of Lords and is expected to become law later this month.
New Government guidance on flexible furlough published and new HMRC enforcement powers announced
Increasingly, charities are considering including community-led housing as part of their activities - we look at some of the key considerations here.
With new quarantine rules in force, can employers exercise control over where an employee goes on holiday or whether they go on holiday at all?
Teachers are finding it understandably difficult to adapt to remote working.
HMRC to Allow Applications for Post-Transaction Refunds Based on the Replacement of Main Residence Exemption Outside of the Usual 3 Year Time Limit.
The Wrigleys employment team is delivering a series of webinars on equality in the workplace this summer.
Decision highlights the limits of a generic confidentiality clause in settlement agreements.
We look at a recent case which has provided helpful clarity in relation to a school’s capacity to enter contracts.
The history of the trade union movement evidences the impact unions have had on protecting the health, safety and welfare of staff.
Government outlines changes to the Job Retention Scheme to take place between July and October 2020.
The Court of Appeal rule that the Right to Rent Scheme is not incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.
The key risks of changing terms on a TUPE transfer – even when they are beneficial to the employee.
Our CLH team held a virtual social in May, the theme of which was what the future holds for the sector, in the aftermath of the Covid-19 epidemic.
How can the Covid-19 epidemic offer an opportunity to reshape capitalism towards a kinder, more inclusive economy?
In this article, we look at some of the limitations of the B Corp model in improving corporate responsibility.
Why are criminals using international students and what can students' unions be doing to raise awareness and protect students?
We look here at whether schools and academy trusts must comply with DfE guidance on the phased wider opening of schools from 1 June 2020.
The Tenant Fees Act prohibits many fees landlords might charge other than basics like rent, deposit, and utilities. Are all your charges permitted?
Employers face potential exposure to claims where furlough results in a reduction in pay.
How can employers avoid discrimination during the Covid-19 crisis?
We summarise here the key elements of the phased wider opening of schools from 1 June 2020, announced by the Government on 11 May 2020.
Find out how Wills help you to provide for your "blended family" after your death.
As we reach the end of the seventh week in lockdown, and the media is full of eager reports about how we might get back to normal, I thought I would reflect on how Wrigleys has managed in this period. Our clients lives have not stopped because of the lockdown and a range of challenges […]
What happens next? Here are our recommended steps.
Further emergency measures are to be introduced to protect tenants from landlords 'aggressively' pursuing rent arrears.
As the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme goes live, HMRC provides helpful guidance on calculating claims.
We consider the application of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to rural businesses and other Covid-19 related concerns affecting the sector.
Since the lockdown was announced on 23r March we have all had to adapt our daily and working lives. Deputies and attorneys have also had to find new ways to carry out their duties and to make sure the person they act for is protected, cared for and have all they need. To help work […]
What issues does Covid-19 present in the estate planning context?
We share with you some of the most frequently asked questions relating to COVID19 and data protection issues.
This article addresses some of the types of insurance potentially relevant during the current COVID-19 pandemic and related effects on businesses.
Executing contracts during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In the recent case of ACC and others [EWCOP9] 2020 the Court of Protection has provided a helpful reminder to deputies as to what falls under the general authority as outlined in the deputyship order and also when to seek specific approval for contentious litigation and instructing other departments in a professional deputy’s firm. The […]
We look here at the DfE guidance, published today, on school funding for the exceptional costs associated with Covid-19.
With schools closed, exams cancelled and new guidance issued on almost a daily basis schools are adapting quickly to deal with the current crisis.
Many independent schools are facing extremely difficult decisions in the light of the Covid-19 restrictions.
The Covid-19 pandemic is a "black swan" event and lockdown, social distancing and self isolation are the immediate consequences for individuals.
Many employers are facing extremely difficult decisions in the light of the Covid-19 restrictions and are working hard to find solutions.
Active risk management is a key duty of charity trustees. The Covid-19 pandemic is an example of a risk arising.
The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has issued a series of guidance notes regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on UK pension schemes.
Charities and social enterprises are grappling with how to manage meetings in this new era of working life.
Employers need to consider how they will adapt to make sure policies and procedures are applied appropriately during the current circumstances.
Scheme is open to all employers but those receiving continuing public funding to cover wage costs are not expected to use the scheme.
We look here at the precise terms of the Government announcement and the options open to special schools.
The Information Commissioners Officer (ICO) has recently issued reprimands to two schools.
This case involved concerns raised by the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) about the way an attorney was looking after his father’s affairs. There is nothing unusual in that and the OPG often brings cases to Court where their investigations of an attorney’s behaviour have found problems. In this case, the attorney felt aggrieved […]
And what impact does this have on the nature of protected conversations?
Our solicitor Laura Moss talks about her own experiences developing a co-housing project.
EAT confirms employee must show the effect of their impairment is 'long term' at the time of the discriminatory acts.
It's been almost two years since the GDPR came into force. We look at its impact and the ways schools can develop best practice in data protection.
The CLA has submitted a pre-Budget paper to the Treasury calling for diversified rural businesses to be taxed as a single trading Rural Business Unit.
When the decision-maker's reason for dismissal is not the real reason.
Judge finds views were incompatible with human decency and conflicted with the fundamental rights of others.
Dismissal and breach of right to privacy were justified by potential risk to employer's reputation as statutory safeguarding partner.
Deputies are required to provide the OPG with an report each year detailing how they have managed the funds of their loved one. The OPG may ask you for evidence of your expenditure or ask you to justify certain expenses. It is therefore important to keep full and accurate records. Attorneys are not supervised in […]
Lynne Bradey, partner at Wrigleys, welcomed Hywel Jenkins as he joined the health and care team in Sheffield.
Good news for those who will potentially inherit more, but, the reality is that the Government rules rarely operate in the way people expect.
Homeworking is becoming increasingly popular but employers should consider a number of important issues before agreeing to it.
As professionals specialising in Court of Protection work we often hear from clients that they have been told by social services that they have to sell their parents’ home to pay their care fees. This is often a very stressful time for families and understanding what needs to be done and why can help make […]
Are you a social enterprise looking for free legal support? We are pleased to announce the launch of our new legal clinic for social enterprises.
The Court of Protection was asked by TQ a former carer of P to make a health and welfare deputy order under Section 16 in her favour. P has a life long diagnosis of a severe form of epilepsy, has severe global delay, is unable to verbally communicate and cannot walk. P requires 24 hour […]
Introduction of race criterion in pre-registration of interest interview process was direct discrimination.
You might have seen ‘What does the Court of Protection have to do with my vote?’ and ‘What does the Court of Protection have to do with my wedding?‘ (What other decisions can the Court of Protection make and when can it make them? The case of PWK gives us some answers. It is not […]
The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) is responsible for supervising deputies and it has an important role in investigating allegations of wrong-doing by both deputies and attorneys. The OPG also keeps registers of all deputyship orders and Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs). These registers can be searched by member of the public. The OPG […]
Employment tribunal judge was 'overwhelmingly' satisfied that ethical veganism met the necessary tests.
In circumstances where a deputy or attorney is acting for someone (I will call them ‘P’ because that is the way they are referred to in the Mental Capacity Act 2005), that person usually has other day to day care needs. In this blog I am going to look at making payments to recognise the […]
EAT: threat was materially influenced by employee's refusal to work at site after rest break refused.
Recommendations of Low Pay Commission accepted subject to parliamentary approval.
We look here at what it means for a school or academy trust to be an exempt charity and how they can comply with their duties.
Developers are adopting new practices in response to the proposed ban on leasehold houses.
How to make a successful start as a deputy or attorney Acting as a property and affairs attorney or deputy for a loved one can be a daunting task, but it is one that more and more of us are facing. You have the job of looking after some else’s finances and you very much […]
The impact of the FCA's new rules on what they term 'Speculative Illiquid Securities'
As the holiday season dawns upon us, so does a newly elected government following the recent general election with a turnout of just under 32 million voters – approximately half the population of the UK! Prior to the election, I had overheard a conversation between one of our paralegals and one of our clients, a […]
Election manifestos promise key changes to employment law provisions in the UK.
We look here at the Green Party's key tax pledges in their proposal for a 'Green New Deal'.
Like all of the three main parties' manifestos, the treatment of capital taxation in the Liberal Democrats' manifesto is limited. What can we glean?
With the claim to raise £83 billion through reforms to taxation, we look here at the key tax pledges in their proposal to bring about 'real change'.
A lot of people understand that the Court of Protection makes decisions about people’s finances. The Court’s powers are much wider than this though. Where there is a dispute about whether a person has the mental capacity to marry, the Court of Protection will make a decision. That is what happened in this case. In […]
Recent employment and tax law decisions highlight risk that "self-employed" individuals engaged through their own companies could be employees.
We look here at the pledges for schools in the Brexit Party's 'Contract with the People', published on Friday.
We look here at the key Labour Party pledges for schools and the National Education Service, following publication of their manifesto yesterday.
We look here at the key Liberal Democrat pledges for schools and the early years following publication of their manifesto yesterday.
Courts and tribunals are not obliged to follow it, but guidance may be used as evidence in proceedings.
Given the uncertain election outcome and the chance that the Greens may find themselves in coalition with Labour and the SNP, it is worth a read.
Employee made redundant after employer refused to allow her to continue to job share.
We look here at the manifesto pledges schools can expect to see ahead of the General Election on 12th December.
A tribunal must make findings of fact in regard to improper conduct before disapplying s.111A.
Employment tribunal: Lack of belief in "transgenderism" is incompatible with human dignity
Could the recent growth in student housing co-operatives be one solution to the challenge of housing students in an affordable, fair way?
Some of the Wrigleys team recently attended the excellent Capacity, the Internet and Social Media conference organised by the Brain Injury Group. We were treated to very practical and helpful sessions from an eclectic mix of speakers. The main takeaway points for us were: The concerns we have over vulnerability aren’t unique to the internet […]
There are a number of interesting projects happening in York at the moment, the most high profile of which are:
One of the solicitors in our community-led housing team, Laura Moss, is in the process of setting up her own cohousing project.
The national Court of Protection team are delighted to have been recognised in the national legal directory Legal 500, 2020, for a new ranking of tier 2. The team’s new profile reads: “Wrigleys Solicitors LLP covers all aspects of property and financial affairs and currently manages 101 deputyships and over 300 trusts. The specialist team […]
Establishing a new cohousing community
The latest in our lecture series in honour of the late Matthew Wrigley, a founding partner of the firm, began on a sunny evening at Harewood House.
EAT rules that a partly self-interested disclosure could still pass the public interest test
In this case, Allied Services Trust applied to be a property and affairs deputy for a person known as TWAH. The CEO of Allied Services Trust was already acting as interim deputy. The Court looked at whether Allied Services Trust could be a deputy and if it could, what the requirements would be. Readers might […]
Recent changes to non-statutory guidance produced by the Safer Recruitment Consortium
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has published a response to the consultation on a new statutory scheme.
Private Client advisor Lucy Hargreaves is celebrating her place on the definitive annual list of young private client practitioners across the UK.
EAT reminds employers and their advisers to be specific.
The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) has released guidance about its complaints and feedback procedure. The guidance can be found here. The guidance only relates to services the OPG provides and not any other body such as the Court of Protection or the High Court. The guidance details the information you will need to […]
The recent case of FL v MJL  EWCOP 31 looked at the authority of a deputy to make gifts from the surplus income of the person whose funds he manages. MJL is a very wealthy individual with wealth of around £17,000,000 resulting in an income in the region of £123,000 but the court’s decision […]
"Current model is dependent on individual enforcement rather than seeking institutional change" say Committee.
We are very pleased to announce that we are working on proposals to develop low cost homes in York, with Yorspace and Lowfield Green Housing Co-op.
EAT provides useful guidance on a developing area of potential liability for employers.
The MEES regulations prohibit the grant of any new leases of buildings with an energy efficiency rating as shown on an EPC of below an E.
If someone is employed illegally, will they have any rights under the employment contract or any protection under employment law?
The Office of the Public Guardian has just published guidance on how it deals with safeguarding concerns. Court of Protection expert Lynne Bradey explores the guidance note.
The government is seeking public feedback on a number of work-related topics which may interest you
Court of Appeal confirms perceived disability discrimination claims are permissible under the Equality Act 2010
Making a covert recording could be gross misconduct in some circumstances but the recording may be admissible in the employment tribunal
Employers need to have a clear non-discriminatory reason for action when dealing with religious expression
We are seeing an increasing number of town councils and parish councils explore the possibility of using their surplus land for community-led housing.
We look here at the key messages from the latest ESFA letter to accounting officers of academy trusts to help you plan and prepare for what's coming.
We have matched last year's success by maintaining their Band 1 ranking (regional guide) and are still a recognised National Leader (outside London).
The fee to make an application to the Court of Protection will reduce to £365 from 22 July 2019. The Court Fees (Miscellaneous Amendment) Order 2019 was laid before parliament on 1 July 2019. The Order decreases Court fees payable in certain areas including the Court of Protection. The application fee for Court of Protection […]
Charity Bank is inviting trustees, directors, CEOs and managers of charities and community organisations to sign up for their free event.
We are pleased that the Lord Chancellor has announced the discount rate for personal injury lump sum compensation payments. The discount rate governs the amount of money a client should receive when they are paid compensation now for expenditure that will happen in the future. That could be to purchase an adapted vehicle or equipment […]
Earlier this year this blog analysed the case of Re B: (Capacity: Social Media: Care and Contact)  EWCOP3 in relation to social media. Those who read the judgement will have noticed that the judge also made findings in relation to other questions of capacity that appeared somewhat paradoxical. There has now been an appeal […]
We consider the recent findings of government research regarding the approach of UK lenders in relation to properties affected by Japanese knotweed.
The ICO has taken action against British Airways under the GDPR. We look at the facts of the case and implications for charities & social enterprises.
Employer could not reasonably be expected to know about a disability as employee was unlikely to engage with medical enquiries
Potentially, a couple could have a combined inheritance tax nil rate band of £1m from 6th April 2020.
Inducements to forgo collective bargaining: the risk of penal awards decreases after Court of Appeal decision.
The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 has received Royal Assent. That means that the new liberty protection safeguards (LPS) will replace the current deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLs). The LPS are due to come in in 2020 although there might be a period when the two regimes overlap. The LPS apply to people aged sixteen […]
The key findings and recommendations of the Timpson Review of School Exclusion and the impact on exclusions and behaviour management in practice.
Despite the proposed fees increase which was expected in April 2019, as I write today the fees are still at the same flat rate.
No discrimination where special treatment is afforded to women in connection with pregnancy or childbirth
Key aspects to bear in mind when offering volunteering and work experience
We find that groups struggle to find accountants who can provide the specialist tax advice needed, we want to share our experience to benefit you.
People who become the subject of Court of Protection proceedings often do so at a time when their life has been impacted by a significant event, or when they are going through substantial change. One of the clear principles of the Court, and of the framework of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, is that capacity […]
Time is running out to help extend the Community Housing Fund as the deadline for the Government's recent call for information is this Friday 31 May.
EAT decision confirms that the key question is 'what effect does the discrimination have on the individual?'
A recent case highlights the difficulties employers face when new evidence comes to light at appeal
Consultation raises the prospect of greater company compliance requirements in future
The Office of the Public Guardian has issued guidance for attorneys and deputies thinking of investing money for the person whose affairs they look after. The note reminds attorneys and deputies that they can’t do whatever they like with the person’s money, that the person should be supported to make decisions themselves where possible, and […]
An event fee is a charge made by a landlord on the occurrence of a specified event, for instance, if a tenant sells its lease.
When applying to be appointed as someone’s financial Deputy or awaiting a registered Lasting Power of Attorney to be returned from the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) it may feel like the hard work is over once the document arrives in the post. In reality however, registering the document with financial institutions and utility […]
An agreed exit for school staff via a settlement agreement may be trickier than you think…
Wrigleys are pleased to announce 4 promotions in the firm's Leeds office.
A recent case considered a warden and receptionist being on call overnight at a caravan site
Case law has considered the actions of an over-exuberant attendee to an office party in what continues to be a fact-specific area of law
Cheshire Police were found to have directly discriminated against a white heterosexual male candidate
The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) for England and Wales has just published a six year strategy to improve safeguarding of adults at risk https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/safeguarding-strategy-2019-to-2025-office-of-the-public-guardian. This includes developing a fully online service for users to register a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). Whilst more adults than ever now have a registered LPA, EPA or […]
Wrigleys Trustees Limited, our trust corporation at Wrigleys Solicitors, remains a Court of Protection approved panel deputy, available to support people who lack mental capacity. Some professional deputies are called “panel deputies”. A panel deputy is a deputy appointed from the Court approved list (who have undergone a stringent application process). It is often the […]
Probationary periods are a common feature of employment – but what exactly are the implications of one?
Regular readers of the blog will remember when Shaun Hill was jailed for breaching an injunction the Court of Protection had put in place to protect his father. New readers can find our discussion of that case here . In this case, Imre Stalter was at risk of a jail sentence for breaching Orders designed […]
A disabled employee should have been offered a dedicated parking space as a reasonable adjustment in line with the employer's own policy
Did the treatment of a gay head teacher amount to constructive dismissal and sexual orientation discrimination?
Assessing the implications of an absence of affordable housing for teachers, and considering how schools' surplus land could provide solutions.
Employers who refuse rest breaks may be liable for personal injury caused by the lack of breaks
Court of Appeal: employer had reasonable and proper cause to suspend pending investigation of allegations of unreasonable force against children
Looking at the increasing trend for local authorities to charge for exclusions and the legality of this under the relevant funding regulations.
Court of Appeal: TUPE transfer was principal reason for dismissal in the context of claimant's poor relationship with director of the transferee
The internet, and particularly social media, can provide disabled persons with a great opportunity to express themselves, learn new skills and information, locate support, and interact with others. Sadly, it is not without its dangers. The NSPCC reported this month that over 5,000 online child grooming offences were recorded by police in England and Wales. […]
Suggested response for community-led housing groups on the consultation paper – submissions due by 10 March
EAT: teacher's dismissal could not be discriminatory on the basis of the employer's religion or belief but was discriminatory on the ground of sex
You might remember the case where the outsourcing of Deputyship duties went wrong? In the second round of litigation in this case following the Court’s decision that Matrix had acted not in compliance with either its statutory or fiduciary duty (as mentioned in our Lynne Bradey’s article here “Trust corporation fails vulnerable clients” – link […]
The meaning of the phrase "nursing and other healthcare"
Late teacher's estate awarded damages for school's failure to inform the TPS that she had exhausted sick pay and was not in pensionable service
The meaning of the phrase “nursing and other healthcare” Executive Summary There is a substantial and growing disconnect between the public who see their relatives suffering from profound disability and illness, often involving neurological disorders such as dementia and stroke, and the view of NHS continuing care teams in Clinical Commissioning Groups that such patients […]
School successfully challenges council's alteration of an Education and Health Care Plan and naming of an unsuitable school
LCN v KF & Ors  EWCOP This sad case involved CJF, a 13 year old boy who had suffered extensive injuries through negligence at his birth and who needed significant 24 hour care for all aspects of his life. He sadly died a few days after the case was decided. CJF’s mother was 18 […]
Supreme Court upholds decision that the rules on disclosing multiple spent convictions in an enhanced DBS check are disproportionate and incompatible
The EAT has upheld the decision of an employment tribunal that a live-in carer was an employee of the client even though she contributed to tax & NI.
Academy should have known teacher with reactive depression and PTSD was disabled and made reasonable adjustments
The OTS's first report focuses on addressing the "practical complexities" of the regime.
In the case of EXB v FDZ  EWHC 3456 (QB) Foskett J, that was the question to be determined. At age 26 EXB was involved in a catastrophic road traffic accident from which he acquired a traumatic brain injury. This injury was expected to be lifelong and meant that EXB would likely need support […]
The Government is consulting on the way small generators are paid for electricity they export to the grid –what is proposed, and what does this mean?
In December, EHRC published a report on the first round of gender pay gap reporting, focusing on explanatory narratives and action plans.
"Only for rock stars and professional footballers" was once the perception, but the reality is now much different.
You might be surprised to find that the answer is yes. The case This case (Case Reference  EWCOP 35) involves an elderly gentleman known as KJ who suffers from dementia. There were concerns about the behaviour of two men, one named Shaun Hill. It appears from the Judgement that KJ was Shaun Hill’s father. […]
We look at the impact of proposed changes to enfranchisement law – community-led housing (CLH) groups should respond before 7 January 2019.
Incapability dismissal may be unfair and discriminatory if employee is contractually entitled to income when incapacitated by permanent disability.
Yes, the refusal of a contractual right to a four week trial period in an alternative role is very likely to lead to an unfair dismissal (EAT).
This article explores the new proposed fees for obtaining a Grant of Probate in England and Wales announced by the Government this month.