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Tribunal Fee Refunds by Bruce Frew

Bruce Frew

On 26 July 2017, the Supreme Court declared that fees in the Employment Tribunal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal were unlawful.  There followed an intention to put in place systems to reimburse parties who had had to pay a fee.  The MoJ and HMCTS have now launched the Employment Tribunal Fee Reimbursement Scheme.  The scheme is now rolled out in...

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Does the EAT give Uber a 5-star rating? – Theodora Hand

Uber began its life as a smartphone app in 2010 in America. It is a competitively priced taxi app which is used by millions, but Uber drivers have joined the increasing number of those working in the ‘gig economy’ who want to clarify their employment status and working rights. Aslam & Farrar v Uber, is one of the latest attempts...

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Jet2.com v Denby (Employment Appeal Tribunal) – Refusal of Employment on the Ground of Trade Union Activities – Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson has successfully defended an appeal in the EAT from a decision of the Leeds ET, in which he represented Mr Denby, an airline pilot, that Jet2.com acted unlawfully contrary to section 137 TULRCA 1992 in refusing him employment after he had been involved in the trade union BALPA’s campaign for recognition for collective bargaining purposes by the airline. ...

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No “personal reasons” defence in TUPE automatically unfair dismissals by Alexander MacMillan

Hare Wines Limited v (1) Mrs Satwant Kaur (2) H&W Wholesale Limited, UKEAT/0752/16/JOJ (17 October 2017) What has been decided? Where an employee had been automatically unfairly dismissed because of a business transfer, the employer appealed on the grounds that the dismissal had been for personal reasons, and so the dismissal was not for the ‘sole or principal’ reason of...

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Q & A: Today’s Supreme Court Decision on Tribunal Fees – Lorna Badham

R (on the application of UNISON) (Appellant) v Lord Chancellor (Respondent) [2017] EWCA Civ 935 What has been decided? The Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunals Fees Order 2013, the Statutory Instrument giving rise to the fees charged to bring and have employment cases heard, is unlawful. The Supreme Court found that the Order prevented access to justice and...

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BLS Barrister of the Year 2017 – Ed Pepperall QC

Ed Pepperall QC

We are delighted to announce that Ed Pepperall QC has been named as Birmingham Law Society’s “Barrister of the Year” at the BLS 2017 Legal Awards. Ed received his award from journalist and author John Sergeant at the ceremony on 9th March at The ICC in Birmingham. Other winners on the night were: Trainee Solicitor of the Year Matthew McDonald –...

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Dr Mirza Ahmad wins Lawyer of the Year at the Finance Monthly Law Awards 2017

Mirza Ahmad

St Philips Chambers congratulates Dr Mirza Ahmad LLD (Hon) on his latest national achievement as Lawyer of the Year 2017 in Finance Monthly’s category of UK Government and Public Services. The Finance Monthly Law Awards 2017 recognises the achievements of barristers and law firms, from across the world, having a proven track record in delivering results for their clients over...

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Employment Barrister of the Month

Anthony Johnston

This months Barrister of the Month is Anthony Johnston, called in 1993. What caused you to want to specialise in Employment Law? I think it has the twin attractions of being both an interesting and constantly developing area of the law and one which impacts upon people’s daily lives. Above all else, though, it is the human element that appeals –...

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Tariq Sadiq has been short-listed for the Barrister of the Year

Tariq Sadiq

We are delighted to announce that Tariq Sadiq has been short-listed for the Barrister of the Year award. The Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards have been showcasing the very best of the region’s legal talent since the inaugural event in 2002. Now in their 16th year, the Awards have become a permanent fixture in the legal and business calendar, with...

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