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Compensation v Safety: Extraordinary Circumstances and Birds Strikes in Aviation

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The number of people claiming compensation in the case of a flight delay is on the increase, regardless as to the reason of the delay. Being a private pilot myself, there is always a sentence in my mind “Better late than never”. I want to believe that airlines and commercial pilots have also clear in… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Do you know your parental “rights”?

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What is Parental Responsibility? Parental Responsibility is defined as “all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority by law which a parent of a child has in relation to the child and their property”. Who has Parental Responsibility? A mother automatically has parental responsibility for a child. If a father is married or has been… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Employment Law- Do you know your rights?

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Employment Law- Do you know your rights? The Conservative party have said they will give employees a statutory right to unpaid carers leave in order to look after elderly relatives but what are some of the other rights workers already have to time off? All employees and workers are entitled to 5.6 weeks’ paid holiday… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

What “rights” do I have as a grandparent in relation to spending time with my grandchildren?

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It is recognised by the Courts in England and Wales that Grandparents play a significant role in the lives of their grandchildren and that this can be at risk when families separate. Unfortunately, under the laws of England and Wales, Grandparents do not have automatic rights to spend time with their grandchildren and unless an… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Sexual orientation and gender reassignment discrimination

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Sexual orientation is one of the (nine) protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010 (EqA) which protects a wide range of individuals (not just employees) from discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of sexual orientation. Gender reassignment is also a protected characteristic meaning transsexuals, and those who are considering transitioning, are also… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

When prevention is better than cure

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The concept of heath and safety in the workplace is sometimes the butt of jokes, but the reality is no laughing matter. Becoming aware that there are inadequate or inappropriate systems in place, or that a colleague is performing dangerously below par, can raise mixed feelings and a nagging sense of responsibility – should I… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Working Time

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The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) recently handed down their decision as to the correct approach to be taken when considering pay for those who ‘sleep in’ as part of their working duties – for example carers who sleep at their client’s houses so as to be on call throughout the night. Workers in the hospitality… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Notices of Intention to Appoint – What is the intention?

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The Court of Appeal, in JCAM Commercial Real Estate Property XV Limited v Davis Haulage [2017] EWCA Civ 267, has recently had to look at what intention a Director who files a ‘Notice of Intention to Appoint an Administrator” has to have when filing it at Court. The wording of the Notice seems to be… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

NEW RULES IN INSOLVENCY PROCEEDINGS

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Last month saw the new Insolvency Rules come into effect as of 6 April 2017. One of the key changes made relates to the holding of creditor meetings. These changes will impact on commercial contracts governed by English law. Many commercial contracts and leases contain an insolvency provision which defines “Insolvency” to include the holding… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

NHS gaining managers but losing GPs

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Last week, the Guardian published an article detailing how the NHS has gained around 4,000 managers in the last four years, ever since the government introduced a ‘bureaucracy-busting’ shake-up of the health service. This equates to an almost 18% increase in managers, according to official statistics. In 2013, the Health and Social Care Act came… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)