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Louise McAloon

Can an employee refuse to work additional hours in the lead up to Christmas?

14 November 2018

Whilst employers will invariably endeavour to individually consult with their staff with a view to reaching agreement regarding working additional hours in the lead up to Christmas, the case of Edwards v Bramble Foods Ltd ET/2601556/2015 is a salutary reminder that for those employees who might unreasonably refuse to work some extra hours, an employment tribunal has previously decided that the dismissal of an employee who refused to work extra hours before Christmas was fair. Read More


Janeen McKay

What can you do to protect your home when planning for the future?

08 November 2018

With the estimated annual cost of care home fees being £41,000 it is not surprising that many people are considering their own positions to try and protect their assets which they have worked their whole lives to build up. The most valuable asset usually being the family home. Northern Ireland residents with savings, investments and or property, to include the value of their home, with a value greater than £23,250 will not be eligible for financial assistance from their local Health and Social Care Trust and will be obliged to meet the full cost of their residential or nursing care. The main concerns for these individuals and their families is that they will have to sell their home to pay for their care and that their children's inheritance will be reduced. Read More


John Kelly

Why you can’t always have your cake and eat it

17 October 2018

The Supreme Court has given its long awaited decision in the so-called “gay cake” case, ruling unanimously that Ashers Bakery did not discriminate against gay rights activist Gareth Lee, who had been successful in the County Court and then at the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal. Read More


Clare Curran

Does bad behaviour in a marriage result in a larger award to the spouse?

16 October 2018

One aspect of divorce that surprises many clients when they come to discuss a marriage breakdown is how bad behaviour on the part of their spouse, perhaps in the form of an adulterous relationship or some other form of unreasonable behaviour, is looked at specifically in terms of division of the matrimonial assets. In many scenarios, the courts take the view that such behaviour will have little to no bearing on the financial settlement, which can be difficult for a spouse, who feels wronged as a result of their partner’s conduct, to hear. Read More


Jonathan Duncan

Hearing Loss – an occupational health hazard

03 October 2018

Whilst hearing loss is often seen as an inevitable consequence of ageing, and usually merits no more than a cursory “I’m going deaf”, it should always be remembered that hearing problems can be embarrassing and cause considerable difficulties in performing day to day tasks for those affected. Read More


Michael Press

Who insures? An introduction to insurance under a commercial lease.

27 September 2018

The news headlines have been dominated by stories of the Bank Buildings engulfed in flames and at risk of collapse. The Bank Buildings was constructed in 1785, having withstood not only the 1941 Blitz but also three bomb explosions in 1975. Whilst discussions continue regarding the structural integrity of the building, Associated British Foods plc (Primark’s parent company) has confirmed that the building is covered by a policy of insurance and this should prompt property owners, landlords and tenants to consider their responsibilities when it comes to insuring their building or business premises. Read More


Catherine Cooney

Duties of charity trustees

19 September 2018

Charity trustees play an essential role in the success of charities and are responsible for the general control and management of the administration of the charity. Many charity trustees are also company directors with an extra set of director duties codified in the Companies Act 2006. It is important that each trustee understands their legal duties as they are individually and collectively responsible for everything that the charity does. Read More


Celia Worthington

Are your terms certain?

13 September 2018

An essential element to any contract is certainty of terms. A recent case in the Court of Appeal, Robert Bou-Simon –v – BGC Brokers LP, highlighted the risks once again where terms to a contract were not clearly recorded in written documentation between the contracted parties. Read More


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