An expensive lesson on age discrimination

Patricia Rooney

The wait is over for those of you who have been expecting the outcome of the case by Professor Paul Ewart against Oxford University (see my previous article).   Sometimes it is easy to forget that amongst Covid related matters, Tribunals are trying to deal with other employment related issues and the Reading Tribunal has... ...

Job Support Scheme Extended

Jack Balmer

Under mounting threat of legal challenges against local lockdown measures in the north of England, on Friday evening the Chancellor confirmed that businesses which are legally required to close due to increased restrictions will be entitled to enhanced financial support under the new Job Support Scheme (JSS). It might be helpful to refer to our... ...

Law Reform Commission Report on Capping Damages in Personal Injuries Actions in Republic of Ireland

Edel McCullagh

The Republic of Ireland’s Law Reform Commission recently considered proposals for a cap on damages awarded for personal injuries and how such a cap could be consistent with the Constitution’s clear provisions on the independence of the judiciary. The report from the Law Reform Commission on capping damages in personal injury claims  is a welcome... ...

Chancellor announces new Job Support Scheme

Jack Balmer

On Thursday morning, the Chancellor announced the Government’s latest support measure for employers as a result of the pandemic. The Job Support Scheme (JSS) will come into effect on 1 November 2020 and will run for a period of six months, effectively replacing the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and “furlough” leave when they end on... ...

High Court ruling on business interruption claims

Edel McCullagh

The High Court in London has decided in favour of the FCA following an expedited hearing to resolve disputes between various insurers and their policyholders as to whether their Business Interruption policies covered losses sustained as a result of Covid-related lockdowns.   The FCA made the case for policyholders that the ‘disease’ and/or ‘denial of... ...

Coronavirus: Employment law updates for September 2020

Jack Balmer

The support available to employers under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue to decease in September, as the scheme enters its penultimate month before closing at the end of October.   Employers who have furloughed employees should take the following changes into account:   The grant support available under the Scheme will reduce again,... ...

WEBINAR: Covid-19 Business Recovery – Employment Law Update

The second of two webinars delivered in partnership with Ards and North Down Borough Council.  Many businesses are concerned about the end of the Furlough Scheme and are seeking advice on how to identify options for the business and employees. Topics such as redundancy and how to deal with potential local lockdowns are addressed by... ...

WEBINAR: Covid-19 Business Recovery – Property and H&S updates

The first of two webinars delivered in partnership with Ards and North Down Borough Council This webinar addresses the property legal framework as well as health and safety measures for businesses, employees and customers. The information is not sector specific and most companies can benefit from the expertise provided by our partners. Details and areas... ...

Coronavirus: Employment law updates for August 2020

Jack Balmer

Employers should take note of several important changes which will come into effect in August, as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme continues to wind down and public health guidance changes.   Job Retention Scheme: The grant support available to employers under the Scheme will reduce in August for the first time. While the Government will... ...

The Use of Electronic Signatures in Property Transactions

Chris Milligan

The Land Registry in England and Wales has confirmed from yesterday, 27 July 2020 and until further notice, it will accept witnessed electronic signatures for registration of certain deeds (including transfers, leases and discharges and releases). This marks a further step forward from the recent announcement that deeds which had been signed using the “Mercury... ...