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Monthly Archive April 2016

Samira Cakali named as a Top 175 Solicitor for the second year running

Top Rated 2016

On Sunday 10th April the Sunday Times published their first supplement listing the Top 175 Solicitors in the UK based on reviews on the independent consumer ratings website VouchedFor.co.uk. We are proud, but not at all surprised, to say that Samira Cakali was featured again for the second year running. 

To be included Samira was highly recommended by 15 of her clients, and gained an overall 4.9 stars out of 5, which is a fantastic achievement. We’d like to thank all of the clients who took the time to share their positive feedback on VouchedFor.co.uk.

Comments Adam Price, Founder of VouchedFor.co.uk: “At VouchedFor we’re passionate about helping people find great financial and legal advice. At certain points in life the majority of us would benefit from expert help with complex issues such as pension planning, securing a mortgage or for advice on a legal issue. Listing professionals alongside verified reviews from their existing clients makes it easy to find a respected and trusted expert like Samira to help. We would like to congratulate Samira on being one of the Top 175 – it’s a great endorsement of the service Samira provides.”

You can see her reviews by going to https://www.vouchedfor.co.uk/solicitor/leeds/10551-samira-cakali

Things Not to Say to Your Employees: Discrimination at Work

In the news last week, a former Specsavers employee won her claim of disability discrimination in the Employment Tribunal after her manager told her to “pull yourself together”.  As an employment law solicitor, I often cringe when I hear stories of “what the boss said” or about ‘so-called’ banter in the workplace.  This case proves just how easy it is to say the wrong thing or make a naïve comment which lands an employer in court.

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5 Things Every Employer Should Know Before Dismissing An Employee

Regardless of the service requirement having increased to two years in 2012, unfair dismissal claims remain to be common types of claims brought in Employment Tribunals (ET), and now more often than not they are ‘dressed up’ as automatic unfair dismissal claims (i.e. those not requiring the service requirement). So I thought I would put together a quick reference guide for you to consider before you dismiss your employee.

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The Implications for Employment Law if the UK votes to leave the EU

The possibility of a UK exit from the European Union (EU) – colloquially known as a Brexit – is high on everyone’s agenda. As we move ever nearer to the “in-out” referendum vote on whether or not the UK should remain a member of the EU, it’s time to consider the possible implications on UK employment law. This is because a significant proportion of the UK’s employment law comes from the EU, including discrimination rights, collective consultation obligations, transfer of undertakings regulations, family leave, working time regulations and duties to agencies workers.

In the event of a Brexit, the UK Government would regain parliamentary sovereignty and so would no longer be bound to have national legislation reflecting the many EU directives covering laws in the workplace. The UK would appear to be at liberty to abolish or amend existing its employment law that comes from the EU as it saw fit and the UK Courts and Tribunals would no longer have to defer to the European Court of Justice in cases involving EU law. Below we set out some thoughts on how this may operate in practice.

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Unfair Dismissal and Discrimination; David and Goliath

This week saw Newcastle United found guilty of disability discrimination and former Leeds United employee Lucy Ward win her claim of unfair dismissal and sex discrimination.  Whilst the level of compensation in both cases is yet to be determined, it serves as a timely reminder that David can win the battle against Goliath in legal proceedings.  Employers should not let themselves be lulled into a false sense of security that their stature will act as a deterrent to staff considering legal action against them.  Here I take a look at the details of the Lucy Ward case and offer my top ten learning points.

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