Employment UK

  • February 20, 2024

    Sodexo OK To Sack Prison Officer Over 'Torrent Of Abuse'

    An employment tribunal has ruled that prison management company Sodexo rightly fired a prison officer for gross misconduct after a prisoner accused him of a "torrent of abuse."

  • February 20, 2024

    Fire Brigade Workers Fight To Overturn Pensions Loss

    The firefighters union urged an appeals court on Tuesday to overturn its failed bid to prove that HM Treasury unfairly distributed costs when compensating workers who had received unlawful pensions in the past, arguing that the policy caused sex, age and race discrimination.

  • February 20, 2024

    Firm Faces Claim From Cleaner Fired For Eating Leftovers

    A cleaner is planning to sue a London law firm and its private cleaning contractor after bosses allegedly fired her for eating a tuna sandwich that lawyers had left behind after a meeting, a trade union has said.

  • February 20, 2024

    Aspiring Judge Loses Race Bias Case Over Failed Application

    An Asian-British solicitor has lost his case accusing a High Court judge of downgrading his application for a judicial post because he wasn't white, with a tribunal concluding that his failure had "nothing whatsoever" to do with his race.

  • February 20, 2024

    Uni Unfairly Fired Lecturer But Fair Dismissal Was Inevitable

    A tribunal has awarded a senior lecturer one week's salary in damages after ruling that his university unfairly sacked him following a procedural redundancy failure but would have fairly dismissed him a week later.

  • February 20, 2024

    Royal Parks Contractors Appeal For Equal Pay With Staff

    Britain's Royal Parks racially discriminated against its cleaners by approving a contract that paid them less than its employees, a group of workers argued at an appeals court Tuesday in a case that could force employers across the U.K. to revisit similar arrangements.

  • February 20, 2024

    Pension Transfers Could Cost Savers £70K In Retirement

    Pensioners-to-be in the U.K. could lose about £70,000 ($88,500) in retirement when transferring their pension pot due to a lack of understanding of key information such as financial charges, according to recent research.

  • February 20, 2024

    Pension Numbers Shrink As Funding Grows, Watchdog Says

    The number of defined benefit pension schemes in the U.K. has decreased by 2% since 2022, according to a report published Tuesday by The Pensions Regulator that shows that funding levels for retirement savings plans are continuing to improve.

  • February 20, 2024

    Soccer Club Unfairly Axed Coach Over N-Word Allegations

    A top-tier English soccer club unfairly sacked a part-time coach after mishandling its investigation into allegations that he said a racist slur to a colleague, a tribunal has ruled.

  • February 19, 2024

    Barrister Disbarred For Pocketing £149K In VAT Payments

    A barrister was ordered to be disbarred on Monday after he admitted to receiving value-added tax on his professional fees despite not being registered for it, with a tribunal saying he acted dishonestly and that his behavior amounted to "serious misconduct."

  • February 19, 2024

    Sex Offense Suspect Can't Get Evidence From BBC

    An anonymous, internationally known figure under investigation for alleged serious sexual offenses cannot use a witness statement from the BBC to persuade prosecutors not to charge him, a London court ruled on Monday.

  • February 19, 2024

    UK Launches Crackdown On 'Fire And Rehire' Tactics

    Employers could face sanctions for firing staff and rehiring them on worse contracts under new rules that will strictly police the practice, the U.K. government said Monday.

  • February 19, 2024

    Ex-M&C Saatchi Finance Manager Loses Home-Working Claim

    A tribunal has rejected a claim by a former M&C Saatchi finance manager that the advertising agency forced her to quit by asking her to return to the office, ruling that the company's demand should not have destroyed their relationship.

  • February 19, 2024

    FCA Secures Bankruptcy Order Against Pension Promoters

    The Financial Conduct Authority has said it has secured bankruptcy orders against a pair of pensions promoters in a move to cover a £10.7 million ($13.5 million) restitution order for creditors.

  • February 16, 2024

    Ambulance Manager Fairly Fired For Personal Use Of Pool Car

    A duty manager at an NHS ambulance control center has lost his unfair dismissal claim, with a tribunal ruling that his bosses had every right to fire him after he had a colleague pick up his family from the airport in a company vehicle.

  • February 16, 2024

    Uber Ruling Still Reverberates For Gig Economy 3 Years On

    As the U.K. marks the third anniversary of the Supreme Court decision to grant workers' rights to Uber drivers, experts tell Law360 that the ruling has reverberated through the gig economy and that legislative changes are likely.

  • February 16, 2024

    Law Firm Loses Over Solicitor's Pension On Maternity Leave

    A London-based commercial law firm discriminated against an associate solicitor because she was on maternity leave and forced her to resign by making baseless criticisms about her performance, a tribunal has ruled.

  • February 16, 2024

    Social Club Unfairly Fired Steward, But Age Not A Factor

    A social club unfairly sacked a steward by making her redundant without offering her any redeployment opportunities while retaining one of her colleagues — even though the difference in treatment was not linked to age, a tribunal has ruled.

  • February 16, 2024

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week in London has seen a legal battle erupt between JPMorgan and the founder of a Greek payments company following a dispute over the valuation of their jointly owned fintech business, the children of late Russian oligarch Vladimir Scherbakov face a claim by Fieldfisher LLP, the Director of Education and Training at the Solicitors Regulation Authority tackle a claim by two solicitors, and train operator First MTR South Western Trains file a claim against a security company. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • February 16, 2024

    UK Pension Annuity Sales Hit £5.2B In 2023, ABI Says

    The total value of pension annuities for consumers jumped by almost 50% to £5.2 billion ($6.6 billion) in 2023, a trade body said Friday, a rise fueled in part by rising interest rates.

  • February 15, 2024

    NHS Forced PTSD Doc To Quit By Ignoring Resourcing Issues

    A National Health Service trust unfairly pushed a clinical psychologist out the door by continually failing to address her concerns about patient safety amid a lack of funding and resources for her mental health unit, a tribunal has ruled.

  • February 15, 2024

    Collapsed Pension Fund Claws Back £1.9M Lost In Fraud

    The liquidators of a pension fund said they have clawed back £1.9 million ($2.4 million) as part of their long-running quest to recover many millions of pounds of investors' pension savings lost to an elaborate fraud.

  • February 15, 2024

    SFO Says Directing Mind Reforms Were A 'Christmas Present'

    Reforms that make it easier to hold companies criminally liable for their employees were a "Christmas present" for the Serious Fraud Office and will have a "huge" effect on its work, the general counsel for the anti-corruption agency said Thursday.

  • February 15, 2024

    Sacked Anti-Vax Carer Loses Unfair Dismissal Case

    A care worker has lost her claim for unfair dismissal against her employer as a tribunal found that it was reasonable for her to be sacked when she refused to have the COVID-19 vaccine despite being required by law to do so.

  • February 15, 2024

    Osborne Clarke Steers £114M Standard Life Pension Deal

    Standard Life said Thursday that it has completed a £114 million ($143 million) buy-in transaction guided by Osborne Clarke LLP to acquire the pensions of around 1,800 members of the Vector Pension Scheme.

Expert Analysis

  • 2024 Will Be A Busy Year For Generative AI And IP Issues

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    In light of increased litigation and policy proposals on balancing intellectual property rights and artificial intelligence innovation, 2024 is shaping up to be full of fast-moving developments that will have significant implications for AI tool developers, users of such tools and rights holders, say lawyers at Mishcon de Reya.

  • How Businesses Can Prepare For Cyber Resilience In 2024

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    With cybersecurity breaches one of the biggest threats to U.K. businesses and as legislation tightens, organizations should prioritize their external security measures in 2024 and mitigate risks by being well-informed on internal data protection procedures, says Kevin Modiri at Nelsons.

  • Dyson Decision Highlights Post-Brexit Forum Challenges

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    The High Court's recent decision in Limbu v. Dyson, barring the advancement of group supply chain claims against Dyson subsidiaries in the U.K. and Malaysia, suggests that, following Brexit, claims concerning events abroad may less frequently proceed to trial in England, say lawyers at Debevoise.

  • Best Legal Practices For The Holiday Party Season

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    With the holiday party season in full swing, two recent Solicitors Regulation Authority decisions serve as a useful reminder to both individuals and firms of the potential employment and regulatory consequences when misconduct is alleged to have occurred at a work event, say lawyers at CM Murray.

  • Foreign Assets Ruling Suggests New Tax Avoidance Approach

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    The U.K. Supreme Court's recent ruling in His Majesty's Revenue & Customs v. Fisher, which found that the scope of the transfer of foreign assets is narrow, highlights that the days of rampant tax avoidance have been left behind, and that the need for wide-ranging and uncertain tax legislation is lessening, says James Austen at Collyer Bristow.

  • Key Questions Ahead Of 2024 Right-To-Work Changes

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    In 2024, the U.K. will increase the maximum civil penalty for companies hiring employees who don't have legal permission to work, so employers should work toward minimizing the risk of noncompliance, including by using an identity service provider to carry out digital right-to-work checks, says Gemma Robinson at Foot Anstey.

  • Migration Data Could Mean Big 2024 Changes For Employers

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    In light of the Office for National Statistics' recent revised net migration figures, the government has taken a tough stance on reducing migration, announcing numerous upcoming immigration rules changes that employers need to be aware of, including work sponsorship, say Caroline Bagley, Emma Morgan and Adil Qadus at Shoosmiths.

  • The Top 7 Global ESG Litigation Trends In 2023

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    To date, ESG litigation across the world can largely be divided into seven forms, but these patterns will continue developing, including a rise in cases against private and state actors, a more complex regulatory environment affecting multinational companies, and an increase in nongovernmental organization activity, say Sophie Lamb and Aleksandra Dulska at Latham.

  • Employment Law Changes May Increase Litigation In 2024

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    As we enter 2024, significant employment law updates include changes to holiday pay, gender equality and flexible working, but the sector must deal with the unintended consequences of some of these changes, likely leading to increased litigation in the coming year, says Louise Taft at Jurit.

  • How European Authorities Are Foiling Anti-Competitive Hiring

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    Lawyers at Squire Patton discuss key labor practice antitrust concerns and notable regulation trends in several European countries following recent enforcement actions brought by the European Commission and U.K. Competition and Markets Authority.

  • When Can Bonuses Be Clawed Back?

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    The High Court's recent decision in Steel v. Spencer should remind employees that the contractual conditions surrounding bonuses and the timing of any resignation must be carefully considered, as in certain circumstances, bonuses can and are being successfully clawed back by employers, say Merrill April and Rachael Parker at CM Murray.

  • Trial By AI Could Be Closer Than You Think

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    In a known first for the U.K., a Court of Appeal justice recently admitted to using ChatGPT to write part of a judgment, highlighting how AI could make the legal system more efficient and enable the judicial process to record more accurate and fair decisions, say Charles Kuhn and Neide Lemos at Clyde & Co.

  • Employer Considerations After Visa And Application Fee Hikes

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    The U.K.'s recent visa and application fee increases are having a significant financial impact on businesses, and may heighten the risk of hiring discrimination, so companies should carefully reconsider their budgets accordingly, says Adam Sinfield at Osborne Clarke.

  • Collapse-Risk Buildings Present Liability Challenges

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    Recently, buildings, such as Harrow Crown Court, have been closed due to risk of collapse from use of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete in their construction, but identifying who will pay for the associated damages may be challenging due to expired limitation periods, say Theresa Mohammed, Jonathan Clarke and Villem Diederichs at Watson Farley.

  • Age Bias Cases Illustrate Key Employer Issues On Retirement

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    Recent Employment Tribunal cases demonstrate that age discrimination claims are increasingly on employees' radars, particularly regarding retirement, so employers should be proactive and review their current practices for managing older employees, say Jane Mann and Lucy Sellen at Fox Williams.

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