Three promotions at Morrish Solicitors

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John Morrison, a personal injury solicitor, has been promoted to partner at Morrish Solicitors in Leeds. John has over 14 years’ experience of all aspects of personal injury law and joined the practice as a trainee in 2001. He deals with a range of personal injury matters such as accidents at work, public liability claims and road traffic accident claims. … Read More

Morrish Solicitors secure £8m compensation for brain damaged girl following 12 year battle for justice

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Jane McBennett, Associate in Morrish Solicitors clinical negligence department, has successfully concluded a long running cerebral palsy claim for a 12 year old girl who was left severely disabled as the result of blunders at Bradford Royal Infirmary. Under the terms of the settlement which was recently approved in the High Court, the Claimant will receive a lump sum of … Read More

Morrish Solicitors praised in 2017 Legal 500

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We are delighted to announce that Morrish Solicitors has once again been recommended in the Legal 500 United Kingdom rankings. This includes being ranked for two of our practice areas: Personal Injury: Claimant (tier 3) and Clinical Negligence: Claimant (tier 4). A number of our lawyers have been recognised for their talent. This includes Laura Nabozny who specialises in employers’ … Read More

Gender pay gap…a step in the right direction

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Globally, on average, women are paid just over half as much as men. In Iceland, at present, they earn almost 30% less, despite this, Iceland is ranked one of the best places in the world for gender equality. Following on from protests in Iceland which saw female workers leave work at 2.38pm (30% earlier than their male counterparts), the Government … Read More

The Real Deal – Employees’ Pay

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In real terms, pay is dropping. A recent report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (published on 20th September 2017) has shown that public sector pay is approaching “historically low levels”. New figures show that as a result of Government pay freezes and caps, the average NHS health worker has suffered a real terms cut of almost £2,000 over the … Read More

When do business occupiers have the right to renew their lease?

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The Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (“the Act”) is an important piece of legislation that provides rights and protection to business tenants. Part II of the Act gives business tenants who occupy premises for business purposes “security of tenure”, which is of fundamental importance to both landlords and tenants in terms of their initial lease negotiations and the actions that … Read More

Redundancy support offered to Monarch employees

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We are offering assistance to ex-employees of Monarch as a result of the organisation’s recent announcement that it has entered into administration. Monarch Airlines Limited and Monarch Travel Group Limited, the airline and package holiday firm, made almost 2000 employees redundant with immediate effect on the morning of 2 October across sites in Birmingham, Leeds, Gatwick, Luton and Manchester. We … Read More

Employment Rights Update – September 2017

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In this issue we are looking at changes to an employee’s contract, in particular where an employer unilaterally changes the hours that they work. We also look at the recent changes to the Vento bands. Employment Law Update – September 2017 In the case of Gregory v Royal Mail Group Ltd 2402587/2016, Manchester Employment Tribunal upheld the Claimant’s claims for constructive unfair … Read More

ALNO employees have a right to justice

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We are offering assistance to employees of ALNO UK as a result of the organisation’s recent announcement that it has entered into administration. ALNO UK, the retail and commercial kitchen supplier, made 160 employees redundant with immediate effect on 22 September across sites in Wolverhampton, Leeds and Sevenoaks. We understand this has resulted from their parent-company, based in Germany, entering … Read More

We are looking to recruit a elderly client solicitor

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An opportunity has arisen for an Elderly Client Solicitor based at our Pudsey office. The role will undertake a range of private client matters, including wills, estate planning, trusts, probate, powers of attorney, Court of Protection and elderly client matters. The individual should be 5 years’ PQE and someone who can hit the ground running,  have good inter-personal and communication skills … Read More

Pre-nuptial agreements – are they for me?

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Pre-nuptial agreements (known also as pre-marital agreements) were once considered by many to only be the preserve of the rich and famous. Times have changed and they are becoming more and more popular for ordinary couples and now form a key part of financial planning. For years these types of agreements were given very little weight in decisions made by … Read More

Lasting Powers of Attorney – helpful or not?

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Denzil Lush, former Senior Judge of the Court of Protection, warned the public recently that he believed Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) may leave elderly people open to abuse. An LPA is a powerful legal document that allows a person to appoint trusted individuals to make important decisions about care and finances on their behalf, in the event of a … Read More

Claimants wait in limbo for HMCTS guidance

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The Judgment As I am sure most of you are now aware, on 26 July 2017 the Supreme court ruled that the current Tribunal fees regime was unlawful. This has resulted in a period of great uncertainty in employment law as the government scrambles to implement a new, legal, fee structure as soon as possible. In the meantime, the government … Read More

Another new union client for Morrish Solicitors

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Morrish Solicitors are pleased to announce that they will be providing personal injury legal services to the Society of Union Employees (SUE) and its members. SUE is a union that acts for members employed by Unison, one of the UK’s largest trade unions. Laura Nabozny, Partner at Morrish Solicitors said: “we are delighted to be working with the Society of … Read More

Employment Tribunal rules in favour of sacked Evon Print Limited workers

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An employment tribunal ruled in favour of former Evon Print workers who have established that the print and design company based in West Sussex failed in their statutory duty to consult with them about impending redundancies. The former workers pursued claims against the company when they were made redundant on 14 March 2017 without any consultation following the administration of … Read More

Employment Rights Update – The Taylor Review ‘Good Work’ Report

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On 11 July 2017, almost a year after it was announced, the Taylor Review into modern working practices was published. The review considers the implications of new forms of work on worker rights and responsibilities, as well as on employer freedoms and obligations. The review was conducted by Matthew Taylor, the chief executive of the Royal Society of Arts. The … Read More

Supreme Court rules tribunal fees are unlawful

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On 26 July 2017, one of the most important judgments in the past 50 years of employment law was handed down. Yes, in an age of gloomy economic forecasts and disgruntlement in the workplace from squeezed workers, news reached us last Wednesday that restored our faith in the justice system. The Supreme Court in R (on the application of Unison) … Read More

Candlelighters chosen as Morrish charity partner for 2017/2018

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We are delighted to announce that our Charity of the Year for 2017/2018 is Candlelighters. Candlelighters is a Yorkshire based charity supporting children with cancer and their families. They offer practical, emotional and financial support to all the 150 children diagnosed with cancer every year in the county. Paul Scholey, Senior Partner at Morrish Solicitors said: “We are proud of … Read More

New legal services partnership for Morrish Solicitors and Social Workers Union

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Morrish Solicitors are pleased to announce that they will be providing legal services to the Social Workers Union and its members. The Social Workers Union was launched by the British Association of Social Workers in 2011. Their representatives are social workers and they provide a service tailored specifically towards the needs of social workers, setting them apart from any other … Read More

GREAT NEWS!! Supreme Court finds Tribunal fees unlawful

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In perhaps the most important judgment in employment law of the last fifty years, a seven-person Supreme Court has found that the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order, which was introduced in 2013, prevents access to justice and is unlawful. An appeal made by Unison regarding the legality of the fees has been allowed by the Supreme Court. … Read More

Is property fraud really a thing?

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Well, the short answer to that question is: ‘Yes’! But what does that actually mean? What is property fraud, and how can it affect you? More importantly, how can you protect yourself against it? The most common form of property fraud is where a criminal pretends to be you, in order to sell your property without your knowledge, and pockets … Read More

Summer holiday guidance at work

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The summer holiday period can be a busy time for annual leave requests. Trying to balance work and childcare for several weeks can be hard for many families, especially at a time when other colleagues may also want to book leave. If you’re an employee, do you know what time off you are entitled to? Are there other options that … Read More

Employment Rights Update – Holiday Pay

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Holiday Pay – Where Are We Now? A brief summary of some of the key features of the current law about holidays follows:- The Working Time Regulations 1998 confer on full-time workers 5.6 weeks’ annual leave in each leave year. The European position remains less generous – the Working Time Directive allows only 4 weeks’ annual leave. That means that … Read More

If you can’t join them, beat them (twice!)

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Government Legal Service v Brookes UKEAT/0302/16/RN An aspiring law student dreamt of joining the Government Legal Service. She studied hard and got her law degree. Amongst thousands of graduates, she applied for a handful of trainee solicitor vacancies at the GLS. She had Asperger’s Syndrome. The medicos agreed that this condition made it difficult for her to complete multiple choice answers … Read More

Injured singer wins damages

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An Equity member has received a significant settlement following an accident on stage. The performer was injured when part of a spotlight hit his head during rehearsals. Although the responsibility for the accident was clear, the case became difficult because of a dispute over damages. The performer suffered post-concussion symptoms, developed long-term headaches and facial pain. This pain could be … Read More

The key to any employment rights is the ability to enforce them

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So, we have an election coming up. From an employment law perspective, and specifically from a worker’s focus, which of the two main parties will make a real difference to employment law protections, should it win? Both Labour and Conservative parties promise the protection of existing employment rights and propose the implementation of new ones. In fact, the Conservatives are … Read More