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Employee Paid Nothing for Seven Years Wins £182,000

Unlawful deductions from wages may not seem a strong enough phrase to describe one case in which an employee was not paid anything at all for seven years’ work. Employment law is well equipped to put right such injustices, however, and the woman was awarded £182,000 to compensate her for her unremunerated toil. Following her resignation, an Employment...

Worker or Employee? Tribunal Ponders Charity Worker’s Case

The dividing line between ‘workers’ and ‘employees’ can be very difficult to discern, but is of the greatest significance. That was certainly so in the case of one man who worked for a charity for years without any form of written contract. The man, who started out as a paid intern on a trial basis, received about £1,000 a month for performing a wide...

Automated Trading Algorithms Thief Pays Price for His Deceit

An atmosphere of trust is vital to any workplace but the ease with which confidential material can be downloaded means that sensible employers need to guard against the enemy within. In one striking case, a financial analyst was jailed after stealing valuable algorithms from his employer with a view to personal gain. The algorithms were used in automated trading...

Redundant NHS Executive Wins Right to Higher Rate Pension

Being made redundant can be a painful experience but, with expert legal advice, you can at least ensure that you leave with everything you are entitled to. In one case, a senior NHS executive who was just short of her 50th birthday when her employer decided to make her redundant had her pension rights upheld by the Court of Appeal. Following a stressful meeting,...

Mobile Phone Use Legal Update March 2017

Everyone will know that it is illegal to use your mobile phone whilst driving.  This has been the case for a number of years and lots of cars now have built in hands-free technology or phones have the ability to be used hands-free in order to comply with the laws set out pre-1 March 2017. The new tougher laws which will be imposed as of 1 March 2017 will mean...

Litigation Lawyers Know When to Fight and When to Compromise

Experienced litigation solicitors know when to fight and when to compromise. Getting such decisions wrong can have very serious consequences, as one High Court case concerning employee misuse of information underlined. Two employees of an asset management company had, following a trial, been found to have unlawfully copied and retained confidential information...