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The Employment Tribunal Fees Refund Scheme

Following a four-week pilot scheme, the Employment Tribunal Fees Refund Scheme is now open to anyone who paid fees in respect of an Employment Tribunal or Employment Appeal Tribunal claim after their introduction in July 2013. Those eligible can apply online here.  Alternatively, the following forms are available to apply for a refund by post or...

Insolvent Airline Not Entitled to Valuable Take-Off and Landing Slots

In a decision of interest to insolvency practitioners, the High Court has ruled that an insolvent airline is not entitled to be allocated valuable take-off and landing slots, in which there is a thriving secondary market. After the airline had been placed in administration, it continued to assert a right to be allocated slots for the pending summer season and...

Domesticity Is Relevant to Openness of the Green Belt – High Court Ruling

One of the cherished features of the Green Belt is its openness and that concept is not confined simply to visual amenity. The High Court made that point in scotching plans to convert industrial sheds into two substantial new homes. The plans would not have involved any extension of the single-storey sheds. The local authority, however, took the view that the...

Dental Practice Buyer Wins Six-Figure Damages from Deceitful Sellers

Just like property buyers, those who purchase businesses are entitled to have their questions honestly answered by the vendors before a price is agreed. In one case where that sadly did not happen, a woman who bought an ill-fated dental practice won the right to damages from the sellers. Before she purchased the practice for £625,000, the woman had been...

Equality Rights – EU Law Takes Priority over UK Legislation

In a ground-breaking decision that underlined the primacy of European law, the Supreme Court has opened the way for a police officer to appeal against her dismissal to an Employment Tribunal (ET) on disability discrimination grounds. The officer had suffered post-traumatic stress disorder after being assaulted whilst on duty. She was subsequently involved in an...