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Here you will find all the latest news from the SCE team. In this section we will feature news about what we have been up to, recent mentions in the press, information about the work we do in the community and lots more.

Monthly Archive October 2018

Litigants in Person: Do They Have the Upper Hand?

We often hear from commercial clients that when they are involved in a case where their opponent is a litigant in person that the Court almost bends over backwards to help the litigant in person, and sometimes they feel that they are at a disadvantage.

Whilst it is usually the case that the Court will take time to explain procedure to a litigant tin person, the case of Barton -v- Wright Hassall LLP [2018] UKSC 12 illustrates that the Court do not apply special rules for litigants in person.

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Clearing the Air on Commercial Disputes

Navigating your way through a commercial dispute can be time consuming and stressful. Disruption caused to your business and the impact on managerial time can be costly.
Commercial disputes are becoming increasingly commonplace, and therefore it is essential that businesses obtain strategic advice as soon as possible in any dispute so that they can minimise the impact on the business.

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5 Minutes with Trainee Solicitor Emma Roberts

Emma joined SCE Solicitors in December 2017 as a Paralegal and began her Training Contract with the firm in September 2018. She is due to qualify as a Solicitor in March 2020. She kindly took some time out of her busy schedule to talk to us about her role at SCE and for us to find out about her life in law.

Tell us about your current role and how you got there? 

I am a Trainee Solicitor at SCE Solicitors, a boutique law firm specialising in employment law and commercial litigation. We are a small team of highly experienced lawyers and our business model enables us to provide cost-effective, bespoke advice to both individuals and businesses.

On a daily basis I advise both employers and employees from a broad range of sections on contentious and non-contentious employment law issues. This involves advising on disciplinaries, grievances, redundancies, termination of employment and settlement agreements, as well as advising on and responding to tribunal claims.

I also assist in the running of the firm’s myHR service where I support businesses in the day-to-day management of their staff. 

I studied Law at the Open University before undertaking the Legal Practice Course and Master of Laws at the University of Law in Leeds. Whilst studying I worked at a law firm in Leeds as a Litigation Assistant before moving to SCE in December 2017. 

When did you first become interested in law? 

Like many lawyers, I was an argumentative child, so I was probably always destined for a legal career! 

What do you love about your role? What are the challenges? 

I get a lot of job satisfaction from a client coming to me with a problem, and then being able to sort it out for them. It usually takes quite a lot of time to draft contractual documents in the way the client wants, and getting it right is very rewarding. 

Challenges: the thing I think most lawyers struggle with – switching off. 

What do your mornings look like? 

Mornings differ quite a bit depending on weekdays or weekends. During the week I get up around 6:30am, make a VERY large coffee and then catch up on either an episode of ‘Mock The Week’ or ‘Would I Lie To You?’ whilst I get ready.

How do you achieve a work-life balance? 

It’s a work in progress. I tend to work hard during the week so that I can try and have some downtime on Saturdays and Sundays. It doesn’t always happen, but I feel it’s important to have my attention focused on my friends and family during the weekend and reset for Monday morning. 

Name 3 things you can’t live without in a day. 

Yorkshire Tea, Podcasts and Dairy Milk. Not very rock and roll! 

Do you read for leisure? 

I am a massive fan of the Audible App, and I love listening to all the books I don’t have time to read whilst I’m travelling. I have just finished Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, which is beautifully written. I currently have my eye on Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton. 

Where is your favourite holiday destination?  

Italy – I can’t resist the food… 

What food cannot you live without? 

Cheese!

My ideal weekend involves…

A Friday night chilling in front of the TV with a large G&T in hand (we’ve been watching old Happy Valley episodes recently). Saturday…a lie in! Followed by a lazy brunch and then a walk around Bolton Abbey. Catching up with friends and family for a full roast and a good red wine at home on Sunday. 

Thank you so much Emma! 

If you need any help and advice in relation to Employment and HR Law please do not hesitate to contact Emma or the team on 01133 50 40 30 or at emma.roberts @scesolicitors.co.uk

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The Legal Risks Around Mismanagement of Mental Health Issues

Wednesday was World Mental Health Day, a good time for employers to look at their legal obligations towards staff who are suffering with mental health issues.
In this article we bring you up to speed with some of the issues which surround mental health in the workplace and provide you with a broad outline of some of the potential claims that might arise if you mismanage an employee who is suffering with mental health issues.

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Our All New 5 Step Guide to Reducing Sickness Absence in the Workplace and Preventing Discrimination Claims

Managing sickness absence is a pivotal part of the successful running of your business. Letting sickness absence get out of control can mean that be business is not as productive, or efficient, as it could be. However, mismanagement of sickness absence can lead to a disability discrimination claim which could cost your business thousands of pounds.

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