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News: March 2017

Freeths are pleased to announce the promotion of Graeme Danby to Director. Graeme joined Freeths in 2013 to head up and develop the National Creditor Services team. He has significant experience in volume recovery, advising creditors in relation to their position when affected by insolvency and providing advice to creditors on implementing effective credit control […]

Freeths Leicester office hosted the CBI HR Directors Forum last week, which attracted delegates from a number of high profile East Midlands companies. Ed Richardson, Senior Policy, Education and Skills from the CBI provided an update on implementation of the Apprenticeship Levy, which is coming into force on 6 April 2017. This was followed by […]

With levels of general damages increasing with inflation and the 10% uplift provided for by Simmons v Castle, there is little opportunity currently for defendants to argue that personal injury claims should fall into the small claims track. (This may change following the MOJ Consultation on reforming the soft tissue (whiplash) claims process). However, we […]

Costs budgeting continues to be a source of debate amongst practitioners. Most would agree that in many cases the additional time and effort that now goes into the budgeting process has not led to a clear reduction in costs or a better understanding of proportionality. That said, there are significant gains to be had by […]

An HSE prosecution is always a daunting prospect for any company, let alone a director that is being pursued in his/her personal capacity, with the possibility of a custodial sentence waiting for those convicted. We recently acted for a director who was being prosecuted by the HSE in a trial at the Crown Court. It […]

This month we consider a number of notable cases concerning (i) the test for ‘worker’ status, (ii) the implications of merely asserting disability in a harassment claim, (iii) the latest holiday pay decision in British Gas v Lock, and (iv) a high profile ruling by the ECJ on the prohibition against wearing Islamic headscarves. We […]

The Leicester office of top 60 law firm Freeths has had a positive start to 2017 with the appointment of five new members of staff. Bolstering the commercial litigation team are Emma Anderson who joins as a Director and Victoria Jones as an Associate. Emma, who originally trained in London, is well-known in the local […]

The Government has recently published its long awaited Housing White Paper. Its name suggests the housing market is broken. Is this the case and will the White Paper fix it? Four key areas of change are identified as being fundamental to ensuring more homes are built and the housing market is more secure for future […]

Freeths is celebrating after being ranked 50th in the list of Sunday Times UK Top 100 Companies to Work for. The firm has been ranked several times before, but this is its highest ever position. The results are mainly compiled from surveys of staff satisfaction, with the firm scoring particularly highly in areas reflecting a […]

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