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Ex-professional footballer and Sky pundit has road traffic charges dropped

22nd Jul 2021 Press Release

Michael Balmer successfully defended a former, professional footballer at Wirral Magistrates Court. The former Everton and Sunderland player – and Sky Sports pundit – was convicted in his absence in 2020, of 2 offences of failing to furnish (supply) information, dating back to September 2019, contrary to section 172 Road Traffic Act 1988. The client […]

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Driving Offences – Exceptional Hardship cases

6th Jul 2021 News

When a driver accumulates 12 or more penalty points on their driving licence, they may be able to argue ‘exceptional hardship’ which can be submitted to the court to avoid a disqualification from driving. What happens if I get 12 points on my license? Courts are obliged to disqualify [ban] a person from driving for […]

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Potential redundancies in the post-Covid world

1st Jul 2021 Covid-19

The Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is currently set to end on 30 September 2021. The scope of the CJRS has already started to decrease, with the Government’s contribution to wages – for hours not worked – reducing to 70%, from 1 July 2021, capped at £2,187.50, and then 60%, from 1 August 2021, […]

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Covid 19 – Employee succeeds with unfair dismissal claim after refusing to agree changes

11th Jun 2021 Covid-19

Employers may propose changes to an employee’s contract of employment at any time, but if the employee does not agree to those changes, the employer cannot unilaterally impose the terms. However, where an employer has sound business reasons for the change, they may be able to fairly dismiss and offer re-engagement on the new terms […]

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The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) provides clarity on the definition of a “worker”…

19th May 2021 News

A worker is an intermediate category of employment status between employee and self-employed. It has not always been easy to define the boundaries between each category. However, what is clear – in order to establish status as an employee – there must be mutuality of obligation. If an employee is obliged to carry out work, […]

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UK & India Sign Migration and Mobility Partnership

10th May 2021 News

On 4 May 2021, the governments of the United Kingdom (‘UK’) and India signed a new ‘migration and mobility partnership’ deal which would allow young professionals between the ages of 18-30 to work and live in each others countries for a period of up to two years under the ‘Young Professionals Scheme’. Business immigration expert Mohammed Hafejee gives his thoughts.

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UK Sole Representative of an Overseas Business

4th May 2021 News

A UK Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa is for companies who wish to locate a senior employee in order to establish a branch or wholly-owned subsidiary in the UK. A sole representative for the purposes of the visa application is an employee who has been recruited by an overseas company in a senior role.

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Employee Wins Employment Appeal Tribunal Claim

30th Apr 2021 News

Employee dismissed for over-zealous approach to health and safety succeeds with Employment Appeal Tribunal claim. In the case of Sinclair v Trackwork Ltd the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has decided that an employer could not rely on evidence that a supervisor had annoyed colleagues and demoralised the workforce when introducing a new safety procedure.

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Graduate Visa Route

18th Mar 2021 News

The new Graduate visa route is for International students who wish to remain in the United Kingdom (‘UK’) in order to seek employment following the successful completion of their studies in the UK. The Graduate visa route will open for applications from 1 July 2021. What are the key requirements to be eligible for the Graduate […]

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Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Visa

16th Mar 2021 News

An Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) visa is for multinational companies who wish to transfer skilled workers from their overseas offices to come and work in their United Kingdom (UK) based entity. Following the end of the transitional period on 1 January 2021, the Intra-Company Transfer visa is also applicable to EEA nationals. However, the Intra-Company Transfer […]

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The Pensions Schemes Act 2021

9th Mar 2021 News

How the new law may affect you and your business The Pension Schemes Act 2021 came into force on 11 February 2021.  Whilst a number of requirements are yet to come into effect and further guidance is required, it is clear that there will be a huge impact on corporate, trustee and regulator behaviour over […]

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How Will The 2021 Budget Affect UK Immigration?

4th Mar 2021 News

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Rishi Sunak, laid out proposals in his 2021 budget report for new UK immigration visa routes to be implemented by March 2022. The aim of the UK government’s new visa routes will be to attract the most ‘highly skilled’, ‘global mobility talent’ from around the world with a particular […]

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