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News: February 2018

Right to work documents: Baker v Abellio Is a failure to produce right to work documents a valid reason to dismiss on grounds of ‘illegality’? A recent Employment Appeal Tribunal judgment suggests that the answer is sometimes ‘no’. Background The employer, Abellio London Ltd, a bus company, dismissed Mr Baker, a bus driver employed by […]

In this edition we look at: Employee leaks personal data and company is found liable UK Retailers Consider the Impact of the Latest Rise in the National Living Wage Can you Restrict sales channels in Distribution Agreements without it being anticompetitive? Employee leaks personal data and company is found liable Various Claimants v WM Morrison […]

Freeths have had a rewarding few weeks with a number of cheque presentations to charities happening across the nation. Our Birmingham office was no exception as they recently handed over a cheque to their nominated local charity, the Queen Elizabeth hospital. Freeths Birmingham office members presenting the raised funds The staff in the Birmingham office […]

The grieving daughter of Alan Diplock, a 65 year old Brighton fisherman who died on 12 July 2016 from mycobacterium chimaera infection caught from a heater cooler unit used in a heart operation has launched court proceedings to claim compensation for her father’s death from the manufacturers, a subsidiary of the London PLC LivaNova. Alan’s […]

The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) was established to act as a lifeboat in respect of pensions of workers whose employer suffers an insolvency event. It is funded partly by the annual collection of levies on defined benefit pension schemes. The levies are calculated by the allocation of pension scheme employers to scorecards based on their […]

The Supreme Court has ruled against the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in a case involving the issue of an Enforcement Notice. Earlier this month the Supreme Court issued its long awaited judgment in the case of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) v Chevron North Sea Limited. Dealing specifically with the issue of what […]

We recently celebrated success when an EL tripping claim was discontinued because of the robust defence pursued on behalf of our client. The claimant alleged that she tripped in her employer’s lorry park as a result of an uneven concrete floor. The accident occurred at about 10pm and she alleged that the lighting was insufficient. […]

Court deadlines can be tight and when rushing right up until the last minute to get an application submitted, the appropriate Court fee may seem like a trivial issue. However, as shown by a case we recently acted in, the failure to pay the correct Court fee when making an application can lead to significant […]

Medical causation is usually at the heart of disease claims and that was particularly the case in a recent claim in which we acted which related to an alleged loss of the sense of taste and sense of smell. The claimant maintained that he had suffered the loss of his sense of taste and his […]

Limitation, issue and service often find themselves at the forefront of procedural arguments raised by defendants in the early stages of the Court process. All three played a part in a recent case that we acted in. The background facts of the claim can be summarised as follows. The claimant was walking down a road […]

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