Employment Tribunal rules in favour of sacked Austin Reed workers

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Manchester Employment Tribunal has awarded a 90-day protective award to ex-employees against the two Austin Reed companies, AR Realisations 2016 Limited and ARG Realisations 2016 Limited. This follows a failure by the companies to properly inform and consult employees in their main offices at Thirsk and London in the lead up to the companies’ insolvency in April 2016. The insolvencies … Read More

Employment Rights Update

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New Appointment Hannah Boynes has joined the Morrish employment team. Hannah qualified in 2012 and obtained Higher Rights of Audience in 2014. Hannah qualified as a Solicitor-Advocate after completing her training in civil litigation and employment.     British Airline Pilots’ Association v Jet2.com Ltd 2017 This case looked into what falls within the scope of “pay, hours and holidays” in terms … Read More

WNG Group employees have a right to justice

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We are offering assistance to employees of WNG Group (trading as Wachem, I Love Products and Sutton Manufacturing Solutions), as a result of the organisation’s recent administration announcement. East Yorkshire-based WNG Group, manufacturer and retailer of personal hygiene products, ceased trading upon the joint administrators’ appointment at the end of February, forcing them to make all 72 employees redundant. The … Read More

Morrish Solicitors lawyer appointed to Law Society clinical negligence panel

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A legal expert from medical negligence specialists Morrish Solicitors has been recognised as one of the country’s leading figures in supporting victims of serious clinical negligence, handling some of the most complex, high-value cases. Duncan Gardiner, who is based at the firm’s Bradford office, has been selected onto The Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel, for which only solicitors who can … Read More

Poorly drawn up wills can result in loved ones missing out inheritance

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Failure to draw up accurately-written wills is resulting in families being unable to take control of their loved one’s estates when they pass away, a legal expert has claimed. Tom Morrish, regional co-ordinator for Yorkshire with SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly), said wills drawn up by unregulated and unqualified personnel do not offer the same protections as those drawn up … Read More

Negative response from Government on attempt to bridge gender pay gap

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The government has responded to the Women and Equalities Committee’s second report into the Gender Pay Gap. The committee made a total of 17 evidence based recommendations on 22 March 2016 to tackle the gender pay gap as quickly as possible. The government responded to this report by rejecting the majority of the proposals of the committee. A sample of … Read More

The mysteries of the Court of Protection

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What is the Court of Protection? This is the Court which deals with matters relating to the affairs of people who are not able to handle their own affairs.  Typically it deals with cases where elderly people develop dementia or other illnesses affecting mental capacity, which means that the individual is not able to manage their own financial affairs.  Other … Read More

Unite Legal Services secure compensation for RTA victim

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A Unite the Union member who sustained neck and back whiplash injuries following a road traffic accident has secured compensation with the help of Unite Legal Services. George Reed, a bus driver from Barnsley, was stationery in his car at a set of traffic lights, when another car drove into the rear of him. Mr Reed attended his GP surgery the following day … Read More

Aqua Interiors staff awarded protective award claim

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Following the unexpected dismissal of more than one hundred employees and subsequent insolvency of Huddersfield-based kitchen and bathroom installer Aqua Interiors in summer 2016, many of the employees instructed Morrish Solicitors to bring a protective award claim against the company for a failure to inform and consult them appropriately before they were dismissed. The family-run company, formed 40 years ago, … Read More

Employment Law Update – January 2017

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In Kellogg Brown & Root (UK) Ltd v (1) Fitton and (2) Ewer, the EAT considered whether employees who were dismissed when their employer had exercised a mobility clause to move them to another office, had in fact been dismissed by reason of redundancy, as decided by the employment tribunal. Background Mr Fitton and Mr Ewer worked at Kellogg’s office … Read More

Victory for gig-economy workers

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Not surprisingly following the decision in the landmark Uber case in October 2016, the Employment Tribunals have again been asked to consider the employment status of the gig-economy workers. The Uber case was of course the first of its kind in the UK. In this case the Tribunal found in favour of the Claimant in establishing that Uber drivers are … Read More

Employment Tribunal rules in favour of dismissed charity workers

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Following the unexpected dismissal of more than twenty employees and subsequent insolvency of London-based childcare charity 4Children in summer 2016, many of the employees instructed Morrish Solicitors to bring a protective award claim against the company for a failure to inform and consult them appropriately before they were dismissed. The charity provided thousands of low-income families with nursery, after-school clubs … Read More

Government’s long awaited reply to ET Fees review

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The government has released the outcome of its review of Employment Tribunal fees and launched a consultation on new proposals to change the ET fees remission scheme (called ‘Help with Fees’). The proposals are pretty small beer. The gross monthly income threshold to apply for a fee remission (reducing or cancelling out the ET fee) would be increased from £1,085 … Read More

Morrish strengthens team with three new appointments

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Morrish Solicitors have announced three key appointments at their West Yorkshire offices. Joining the firm’s Employment team in Leeds is Solicitor Hannah Boynes, who qualified in 2012 and obtained Higher Rights in 2014. Hannah also qualified as a Solicitor-Advocate after completing her training in civil litigation and employment and will be dealing with a wide range of employment matters including unfair dismissal and discrimination at Morrish. Employment Partner … Read More

Employment Tribunal rules in favour of sacked Phones4U workers

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An Employment Tribunal ruled on Friday in favour of former Phones4U workers based at the Head Office and Merry Hill Shopping Centre, who have established that Phones4U failed in their statutory duty to consult with them about impending redundancies. The former workers pursued claims against the mobile phone retailer when they were made redundant following the administration of the company … Read More

Employment Update – December 2016

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In this edition we look at whistleblowing and round up some of the legal happenings towards the end of 2016. Whistleblowing Eiger Securities LLP v Korshunova In this case the claimant alleged that she had been dismissed because she made a protected disclosure. Ms Korshunova complained to her manager that he had used a “chat” programme, whilst logged in as … Read More

When Christmas parties get out of hand

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It is the season for Christmas parties and many workplaces will hold events in pubs or hotels where alcohol is likely to fuel the proceedings. That is the context for the latest in a series of court decisions concerning the liability of employers for the actions of their employees. When I was first in practice my clients would often find … Read More

Pudsey Office Christmas Foodbank Collection

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Our Pudsey office is once again, a drop off point for donations to the West Leeds Food Bank. The biggest collection is without doubt the pre-Christmas collection, which this year will be during the week commencing 12th December. Foodbanks can be a lifeline to people struggling during the winter months. This Christmas help bring warmth and sustenance to local people … Read More

Contracts and the law: Top 10 things to remember

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1. GET IT IN WRITING Whilst a verbal agreement can be enforceable, it is much more difficult to prove. A business contract should always be in writing and outline each party’s rights and obligations in the event that there may be some disagreement or confusion down the line. 2. AVOID AMBIGUITY One of the most common problems that arises in … Read More

Thank you for supporting our Fire Walk team

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Thanks to your support and very kind donations, our fire walk team have managed to raise a fantastic £600.00 for Children’s Heart Surgery Fund. The event took place on 24 November outside Leeds Art Gallery and the team commented that it was a test of faith or bravery! Emily, Carrie, Rizz and Tony will undergo motivational training by experts and then walk … Read More

Employment Update – November 2016

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Reliance on final written warning In Bandara v BBC a tribunal held that the Claimant’s dismissal was fair in the context of allegations of bullying, intimidation and a failure to follow instructions. The Claimant had earlier (in the same year) received a final written warning relating to relatively minor incidents including a breach of editorial guidelines. This is another in … Read More

"Employee Shareholder” regime

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The Autumn Statement sees  the Chancellor phasing out the “employee shareholder” regime – initially by removing the tax advantages associated with it; but in due course it is expected to disappear altogether. This is no great surprise. We blogged about the scheme when it was introduced in late 2013.  You can read our reservations here:  http://morrishsolicitors.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/employee-shareholders.html Not for the first … Read More

Unite member compensated after suffering shoulder injury at work

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Unite member, Raymond Fenn, has secured £55,680 in compensation following an accident at work. In November 2012, Raymond, who was employed as a Fork Lift Truck Driver for Norbert Dentressangle, was unloading a wagon at the depot where he worked, when he fell down a pot hole and wrenched his shoulder on the wagon. Although Raymond continued to work over … Read More

A fantastic £379 raised in our CHSF charity raffle

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Morrish Solicitors Charity Partnership raffle for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund has raised a fantastic £379.00. The lucky winners are: Pair of Kaiser Chiefs tickets – David Sorensen £100 cash – Gavin Avison Meal for 2 with wine  at The Woods – Karen Woodward 2 Club tickets for Ripon Races – Alex O’Leary Bottle Champagne – Laura Pickersgill My Lahore voucher – Noelle Heath 4 … Read More

Where is your Will?

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When making a Will it is important to know where the original document is kept. If a Solicitor has made your Will you may have been given the option to leave the original Will with your solicitor for safekeeping in their deed store department. If this is the case then you will most probably have received a copy of your … Read More

Future world of work and rights of workers inquiry

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The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee has launched an inquiry into the ‘future world of work’ and in particular, the ‘gig economy’ – agency workers, zero-hours work, the use of ‘self-employment’, worker status, low pay and poor working conditions. They refer to the recent Sports Direct scandal and also other organisations with similar poor working conditions. This is good news. … Read More