Employment UK

  • July 03, 2024

    NHS Consultant Surgeon Wins Unfair Dismissal Case

    An NHS trust forced a world-renowned surgeon to quit after making him step down from a role and restricting his ability to practice without first investigating bullying allegations against him, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • July 03, 2024

    Ex-Post Office Chair Says Legal Review Buried On Advice

    The former chair of the U.K.'s Post Office told a London inquiry Wednesday that he had not shared a legal review of prosecutions of subpostmasters due to advice that it would be legally privileged, despite warnings in the report that some of the convictions may have been unsafe.

  • July 03, 2024

    Ship's Cook Wins £28K For Sacking Over Hip Pain

    An employment tribunal has awarded a cook working for a Scottish ferry company over £28,000 ($35,749), ruling his employer unfairly sacked him after he developed a painful hip condition.

  • July 03, 2024

    M&G Lands £309M Pension Deal For Machinery Co.

    A subsidiary of finance and insurance company M&G PLC has taken on £309 million ($394.3 million) worth of pension liabilities from a scheme sponsored by machinery manufacturer NSK, in a deal guided by Shoosmiths, CMS and Hogan Lovells.

  • July 03, 2024

    PIC Seals £1.2B 2nd TotalEnergies UK Pension Plan Buy-in

    Pension Insurance Corporation PLC on Wednesday concluded a £1.2 billion ($1.5 billion) second buy-in with the trustee of TotalEnergies UK Pension Plan, a deal considered the largest completed pension scheme buy-in thus far this year, according to an announcement by PIC.

  • July 03, 2024

    Brown & Brown Unit Buys Employee Benefits Firm Advo

    Brown & Brown (Europe) Ltd. said Wednesday that one of its subsidiaries has acquired employee benefits intermediary Advo Group Ltd., in a deal guided by Birketts LLP and DMH Stallard, for an undisclosed fee.

  • July 02, 2024

    Construction Boss' Choice To Cut His Salary Kills Benefits Bid

    A director has failed to sway an employment tribunal that he was an employee of a now-defunct construction company, because his decision to cut his salary meant he wasn't earning enough to qualify as one.

  • July 02, 2024

    Ex-Bird & Bird Pro Fights To Toss Sexual Misconduct Case

    A former Bird & Bird LLP partner asked the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal on Tuesday to throw out allegations of sexual misconduct toward two junior female colleagues, arguing that the sector's watchdog was prosecuting him after "egregious" delays and an "inadequate" investigation.

  • July 02, 2024

    Textile Biz Sues Workers For Poaching Premier League Clients

    A textile company with ties to several Premier League football clubs is suing two of its former employees after they committed "flagrant" breach of their duties by allegedly misusing trade secrets, copying designs and poaching clients when setting up their new company.

  • July 02, 2024

    Just Group Lands £260M Aviation Co. Pension Deal

    Insurer Just Group on Tuesday announced it has taken on £260 million ($328.7 million) worth of pension liabilities from a retirement savings plan sponsored by aviation company John Menzies Ltd., in a deal guided by Brodies LLP and Gowling WLG.

  • July 02, 2024

    HSBC Beats Former Risk Chief's Race Bias Case

    HSBC has dodged claims of discrimination and unfair dismissal from a former financial risk chief after the High Street bank proved that it let him go because his role had become redundant, convincing a tribunal that race played no part in the decision.

  • July 01, 2024

    Solicitor's COVID Letters Had 'No Legal Merit,' SRA Says

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority accused a solicitor at a London tribunal Monday of wrongly sending threatening legal letters to bodies for his clients who refused the COVID-19 vaccine, saying the letters had "no legal merit."

  • July 01, 2024

    Union Fights For Damages At UK Top Court In Dues Case

    A public services union took its bid for damages to the U.K.'s top court Monday, arguing that unions as well as employees should be awarded compensation after the government stopped deducting membership fees from civil servants' pay.

  • July 01, 2024

    Pilots Fight TUI Over Changed Income Protection Scheme

    A group of airline pilots launched their fight against TUI Airways Ltd. on Monday over allegations that the carrier breached their contracts by slashing its income protection policy for pilots who have to stop flying for health reasons.

  • July 01, 2024

    Accountant Loses Employee Status Bid In Partnership Fight

    A tax accountant has failed to convince an appeals tribunal that he was an employee at the time of his dismissal, because despite a "shambolic" transition and lack of a written agreement, the genuine intention was to promote him to partner.

  • July 01, 2024

    Company Director Accused Of Funds' Use For Own Expenses

    A supply chain company is suing a former director and his wife for over £2 million ($2.5 million), alleging he authorized company payments toward hotels in Dubai, a London private members club and his daughter's tuition fees for his family's benefit.

  • July 01, 2024

    Royal London Completes Aegon Protection Book Transfer

    Mutual life insurance giant Royal London said Monday it has completed the transfer of 400,000 protection customers from rival insurer Aegon UK.

  • July 01, 2024

    UK Lifeboat Scheme Says Pension Transfer Firm In Default

    The Financial Services Compensation Scheme confirmed Monday it has declared pension adviser MacInnes & Bottomley as unable to pay claims.

  • July 01, 2024

    Osborne Clarke Guides Aviva's School Pension Deal

    Insurance giant Aviva has completed a full scheme buy-in for a pension plan sponsored by Taunton School, consultancy Broadstone said Monday, in a deal guided by Osborne Clarke LLP.

  • June 28, 2024

    Christian Worker With Anti-LGBT Views Partly Wins Bias Case

    A Christian social worker has partially won his religious discrimination claim against the health support charity that rescinded his job offer after an internet search revealed his views on homosexuality, but lost his other bias and harassment claims.

  • June 28, 2024

    EU Insurance Watchdog Warns Of Real Estate Risk Exposure

    The European pensions and insurance industries are increasingly exposed to the possibility of a real estate collapse, the sector watchdog warned in a newly published report into the financial stability for the region.

  • June 28, 2024

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week in London has seen Uber hit with claims from Addison Lee and the former CEO of the Kabbee app, animal by-product company Leo Group file a defamation claim against a local anti-odor campaigner, and a self-styled lord who claims to be the illegitimate son of the late Prince Phillip resume legal action against his cousins for a share in his late aunt's estate. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 28, 2024

    Lawyer Loses Age Bias Claim Against Council

    A lawyer in her 60s failed to prove that she was discriminated against because of her age after she was treated differently from a younger colleague over similar sickness absences, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • June 28, 2024

    Onepoint Seeks To Exit Atos After Failed Restructure Talks

    Onepoint is looking to exit its 11.4% holding in French IT consultancy Atos after the anchor investor pulled out of plans to help restructure the company's €4.8 billion ($5.1 billion) debt burden.

  • June 27, 2024

    NCA Must Reconsider Uyghur Chinese Cotton Probe

    The U.K.'s National Crime Agency must reconsider its decision refusing to launch a broad investigation into imported cotton produced by the forced labor of Uyghur people in China, a London appellate court ruled Thursday in a first-of-its-kind decision that could disrupt retail supply chains.

Expert Analysis

  • ECJ Ruling Triggers Reconsiderations Of Using AI In Hiring

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    A recent European Court of Justice ruling, clarifying that the General Data Protection Regulation could apply to decisions made by artificial intelligence, serves as a warning to employers, as the use of AI in recruitment may lead to more discrimination claims, say Dino Wilkinson and James Major at Clyde & Co.

  • Supreme Court Ruling Is A Gift To Insolvency Practitioners

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    As corporate criminal liability is in sharp focus, the Supreme Court's recent decision in Palmer v. Northern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court that administrators are not company officers and should not be held liable under U.K. labor law is instructive in focusing on the substance and not merely the title of a person's role within a company, say lawyers at Greenberg Traurig.

  • More Remains To Be Done To Achieve Gender Parity In Law

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    Significant strides have been made over the years to improve gender diversity in the legal profession, but the pay gap, lack of workplace flexibility and uneven child care burden remain significant challenges to progress, says Caroline Green at Browne Jacobson.

  • Key Employer Lessons From 2023 Neurodiversity Case Uptick

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    The rise in neurodiversity cases in U.K. employment tribunals last year emphasizes the growing need for robust occupational health support, and that employers must acknowledge and adjust for individuals with disabilities in their workplaces to ensure compliance and foster a neurodiverse-friendly work environment, says Emily Cox at Womble Bond.

  • Pension Industry Should Monitor Evolving ESG Issues In 2024

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    ESG thinking in the pensions industry has substantially evolved from focusing on climate change and net-zero to including nature and social considerations, and formalizing governance processes — illustrating that, in 2024, continually monitoring ESG issues sits squarely within trustee fiduciary duties, says Liz Ramsaran at DWF.

  • 5 Key UK Employment Law Developments From 2023

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    Key employment law issues in 2023 suggest that topics such as trade union recognition for collective bargaining in the gig economy, industrial action and menopause discrimination will be at the top of the agenda for employers and employees in 2024, say Merrill April and Anaya Price at CM Murray.

  • Emerging Trends From A Busy Climate Litigation Year

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    Although many environmental cases brought in the U.K. were unsuccessful in 2023, they arguably clarified several relevant issues, such as climate rights, director and trustee obligations, and the extent to which claimants can hold the government accountable, illustrating what 2024 may have in store for climate litigation, say Simon Bishop and Patrick Kenny at Hausfeld.

  • 2024 Will Be A Busy Year For Generative AI And IP Issues

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    In light of increased litigation and policy proposals on balancing intellectual property rights and artificial intelligence innovation, 2024 is shaping up to be full of fast-moving developments that will have significant implications for AI tool developers, users of such tools and rights holders, say lawyers at Mishcon de Reya.

  • How Businesses Can Prepare For Cyber Resilience In 2024

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    With cybersecurity breaches one of the biggest threats to U.K. businesses and as legislation tightens, organizations should prioritize their external security measures in 2024 and mitigate risks by being well-informed on internal data protection procedures, says Kevin Modiri at Nelsons.

  • Dyson Decision Highlights Post-Brexit Forum Challenges

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    The High Court's recent decision in Limbu v. Dyson, barring the advancement of group supply chain claims against Dyson subsidiaries in the U.K. and Malaysia, suggests that, following Brexit, claims concerning events abroad may less frequently proceed to trial in England, say lawyers at Debevoise.

  • Best Legal Practices For The Holiday Party Season

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    With the holiday party season in full swing, two recent Solicitors Regulation Authority decisions serve as a useful reminder to both individuals and firms of the potential employment and regulatory consequences when misconduct is alleged to have occurred at a work event, say lawyers at CM Murray.

  • Foreign Assets Ruling Suggests New Tax Avoidance Approach

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    The U.K. Supreme Court's recent ruling in His Majesty's Revenue & Customs v. Fisher, which found that the scope of the transfer of foreign assets is narrow, highlights that the days of rampant tax avoidance have been left behind, and that the need for wide-ranging and uncertain tax legislation is lessening, says James Austen at Collyer Bristow.

  • Key Questions Ahead Of 2024 Right-To-Work Changes

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    In 2024, the U.K. will increase the maximum civil penalty for companies hiring employees who don't have legal permission to work, so employers should work toward minimizing the risk of noncompliance, including by using an identity service provider to carry out digital right-to-work checks, says Gemma Robinson at Foot Anstey.

  • Migration Data Could Mean Big 2024 Changes For Employers

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    In light of the Office for National Statistics' recent revised net migration figures, the government has taken a tough stance on reducing migration, announcing numerous upcoming immigration rules changes that employers need to be aware of, including work sponsorship, say Caroline Bagley, Emma Morgan and Adil Qadus at Shoosmiths.

  • The Top 7 Global ESG Litigation Trends In 2023

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    To date, ESG litigation across the world can largely be divided into seven forms, but these patterns will continue developing, including a rise in cases against private and state actors, a more complex regulatory environment affecting multinational companies, and an increase in nongovernmental organization activity, say Sophie Lamb and Aleksandra Dulska at Latham.

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