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Dismissing an employee without procedure

Dismissing an employee without procedure

A recent case has found that an employee can be fairly dismissed without prior procedure being followed, only in unusual circumstances. In order to successfully defend a claim for unfair dismissal, an employer must generally i) establish the reason for the dismissal and ii) show that it followed a fair and reasonable process before reaching […]

Blaser Mills Law client wins case against Banksy

Blaser Mills Law client wins case against Banksy

This week Banksy lost his legal battle with Full Colour Black over the trademark of his famous artwork, the ‘Flower Thrower.’ Full Colour Black, represented by Blaser Mills Law Trade Mark Attorney, Aaron Wood, had built a business selling postcards of various graffiti based street art work, using photos they had taken themselves. Last year […]

Job Retention Bonus Scheme – further details

Job Retention Bonus Scheme – further details

On 8 July 2020, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced the Job Retention Bonus Scheme as part of the Government’s ‘Plan for Jobs’ aimed at incentivising employers to protect jobs and support the UK’s recovery in the wake of Covid-19. What is the Job Retention Bonus (JRB)? It is a one-off payment aimed at encouraging employers […]

Unconvicted defendants to face longer periods behind bars

Unconvicted defendants to face longer periods behind bars

The disruption Covid-19 has caused to the Criminal Justice System means many defendants now face longer periods on remand in prison whilst awaiting trial. During the pandemic, half of all courts in England and Wales closed to minimise social interaction and jury trials have only just recommenced. This has caused a major backlog with over […]

Blaser Mills Law acquires Reynolds Parry Jones

Blaser Mills Law acquires Reynolds Parry Jones

We are delighted to announce that on 18 August 2020 Blaser Mills Law acquired local law firm, Reynolds Parry Jones. At Blaser Mills Law, our central objective is to deliver an exceptional service and provide high quality legal advice to our valued clients, at all times. During the last 5 years, we have pursued a […]

Job Retention Bonus Scheme – further details announced

Job Retention Bonus Scheme – further details announced

On 8 July 2020, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced the Job Retention Bonus Scheme as part of the Government’s ‘Plan for Jobs’ aimed at incentivising employers to protect jobs and support the UK’s recovery in the wake of Covid-19. What is the Job Retention Bonus (JRB)? It is a one-off payment aimed at encouraging employers […]

What is the employment status of a professional cyclist?

What is the employment status of a professional cyclist?

In the latest decision on ‘employee’ versus ‘worker’ status, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has found that a British Cyclist was neither an employee nor a worker of the British Cycling Federation and the package of services and benefits she received, did not amount to remuneration.  Jessica Varnish, a former professional cyclist, was selected for […]

Redundancy pay to be protected for furloughed workers

Redundancy pay to be protected for furloughed workers

The Government has announced new legislation today (30th July 2020), that ensures furloughed employees receive statutory redundancy pay based on 100% of their normal wage, rather than the reduced furlough wage. The new law will come into effect from tomorrow (Friday 31 July 2020) and will prevent companies taking advantage of the current Covid-19 crisis […]

Covid-19 and Commercial Lease Break Clauses – What tenants need to know

Covid-19 and Commercial Lease Break Clauses – What tenants need to know

To break or not to break: this is the question many commercial tenants will be asking themselves during these unprecedented times. Forced government closures, lay-offs, and remote working has led to many businesses finding themselves with empty commercial premises. Whilst these measures are temporary, the true economic effect of this pandemic is likely to be […]

The UK’s points based immigration system – what employers need to know

The UK’s points based immigration system – what employers need to know

On 13th July the Home Secretary, Priti Patel set out further details on the UK’s new points based immigration system. Its aim is to ensure that only the “brightest and best” individuals come to the UK. What is the new points based immigration system? The new points based system will come into force from 1 […]