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Deputy District Judge Appointment

SDM Legal are pleased to announce that Martin Stafford has recently been appointed as a Deputy District Judge on the Northern Circuit. This is a Part Time Appointment and Martin will continue his day to day role with SDM Legal on a full time basis. SDM Legal are delighted at Martin’s success in being appointed to this role which is testament to his litigation knowledge.

By |August 5th, 2020|Categories: Litigation|

Covid-19 Employment Law Updates

The Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme portal is expected to open towards the end of April 2020 meaning that employers will soon be able to claim back furloughed employees' wages. With this in mind, we thought we'd clarify the current position on some of the FAQs we are being asked by employers: What is covered?/ What can I reclaim? Employers can reclaim up to 80% of their Furloughed employees' gross [...]

By |April 6th, 2020|Categories: Employment|

Whistleblowing – A Big Development

The law on whistleblowing is changing and it’s changing massively. If the reason or principal reason for an employee’s dismissal is the fact that they have made a “protected disclosure” (in other words they have blown the whistle), then the dismissal is automatically unfair. Unlike in ordinary unfair dismissal cases, there is no need for an employee to have been employed for the usual 2 year qualifying period to [...]

By |March 18th, 2019|Categories: Employment|

Is Veganism a ‘belief’ protected by the Equality Act?

Religion or belief is one of the nine ‘protected characteristics’ covered by the Equality Act 2010. This means that you are protected from being discriminated against (predominantly by your employer) as a result of your religion or belief. ‘Belief’ is defined under the Equality Act as “any religious or philosophical belief”. It appears that the intention of the draftsman was not to incorporate veganism as a philosophical belief. In 2009 [...]

By |February 20th, 2019|Categories: Employment|

2019 – Year of the Equal Pay clean-up?

Despite its unobjectifiable obviousness in the modern day, Equal Pay has been a topic under the glare of the employment law spotlight for some time and something the public have become increasingly passionate about. As an employment lawyer, it would be nice to believe that the public were as interested in employment statistics and reform as we are. However the far more plausible explanation is that modern day transparency, [...]

By |January 28th, 2019|Categories: Employment|

Fixed Costs Pilot Scheme Introduced on a voluntary basis

The High Court in London, Manchester and Leeds has recently commenced a two-year trial under which it is proposing to limit parties costs for litigation that meets the specific criteria of the pilot scheme. Whether there are sufficient cases that will meet these criteria remains to be seen but there is no doubt that commercial court users will welcome some certainty as to the potential costs risk of litigation. [...]

By |January 24th, 2019|Categories: Litigation|

Harassment at Work

Harassment at work is a huge subject for both employees (who may feel that they are being harassed) and employers (who can find themselves liable for acts of harassment carried out by their employees). The damages that can be awarded for harassment, and other types of discrimination, are potentially unlimited so it’s a big issue. Unlawful harassment can be on a number of grounds, including race, sex, disability, age, [...]

By |January 25th, 2016|Categories: Employment|

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