Articles & Downloads / 2017 / June


Katie Buchanan

Can your employer refuse your choice of union rep?

27 June 2017

In the case of Gnahoua v Abellio London Ltd 2303661/2015, a Tribunal awarded nominal compensation of £2 to a bus driver after his employer refused to allow the employee’s chosen companion to accompany him to a disciplinary appeal hearing. Read More


Maxine Orr

Giving notice by post – what is the date of dismissal?

23 June 2017

The date of dismissal of an employee can be very important as it can have repercussions in relation to contractual rights and the date at which Tribunal proceedings need to be lodged. A recent case considered by the Court of Appeal has stated that a notice of termination takes effect when the employee has personally taken delivery of the letter containing the notice. Read More


Graham Pierce

RICS introduces mandatory conflict of interest requirements

13 June 2017

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors has introduced new mandatory conflicts of interest requirements for agents involved in UK commercial property investments which will take effect from 1 January 2018. Amongst other things, the new rules will bring to an end the practice of “double-dipping” and have been introduced to address these and other risks identified during the recent Global Conflicts of Interest Consultation. Read More


Maxine Orr

Is the wearing of political, philosophical or religious signs direct discrimination under EU law?

12 June 2017

The Court of Justice of the European Union issued a decision in March of this year in the case of Samira Achbita, a Muslim, who was employed as a receptionist by G4S in Belguim. At the time of her recruitment there was an unwritten rule within the company that prohibited employees from wearing visible signs of their political, philosophical or religious beliefs in the workplace. Read More


Jonathan Duncan

Mesothelioma – a toxic legacy

02 June 2017

The British Lung Foundation (BLF) and many other charities throughout the UK devote considerable time raising awareness of the terminal asbestos related cancer, mesothelioma. This is an extremely aggressive cancer primarily caused by exposure to asbestos fibres and usually affects the lining of the lung, although can also affect the lining of the abdomen. Symptoms usually manifest some 20 – 40 years after the initial exposure to asbestos. Read More


Celia Worthington

Starting Up in Business

02 June 2017

If you are thinking of starting your own business make sure you give consideration to the legal structure. The most common are sole trader or partnership (where there are to be more than one owner of the business) or you can form a limited company. Read More


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