Court lifts injunction preventing employee working at new firm

The High Court has lifted an interim injunction restraining an employee from working at another company. The case involved Peltrade Ltd, a distributor of energy-producing wood pellets. In March 2018 it had employed Mr Dean Scanlan to trade in premium and industrial quality pellets, but he had worked primarily in the premium pellet sector. His

Survey suggests home working could double after Covid crisis

The number of people working from home could double once the Covid-19 crisis is over, according to new research. A survey carried out by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) says employers expected a dramatic increase as employees get used to the advantages of home working and not having to commute. CIPD surveyed

Tribunal ‘failed to consider employer’s needs’ in discrimination case

The Employment Tribunal failed to properly consider the needs of the employer when dealing with a disability discrimination claim. That was the decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal in a case involving the Department of Work & Pensions and one of its employees, Susan Boyers. Ms Boyers suffered from migraines, stress and panic attacks. She

Injunction prevents ex-director revealing confidential information

The Court of Appeal has upheld an injunction preventing a director from revealing confidential information about his former company. The court heard that the company had been owned in equal shares by two directors. Relations between the parties broke down and they entered into a settlement agreement under which one agreed to sell his shares

Teacher redundancies ‘amounted to unfair dismissal’

Two teachers who were made redundant during a school reorganisation programme were unfairly dismissed. That was the decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal in a case involving Gwynedd Council v Shelley Barratt & Ors (2020). The teachers had been employed by the council to work at a community secondary school (School 1). Under the  Staffing

Guide to Employment Right for Employees

It is very difficult for employees to obtain reliable legal advice on their employment rights without incurring significant costs. Particularly for employees who have recently found themselves unemployed, even a few hundred pounds for advice can be prohibitive. Simran Lalli in our employment team has produced this excellent overview guide to employment rights to help employees understand

Legal Implications of COVID-19 on the Fee-Paying Education sector Q & A

As we begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel of the COVID-19 crisis, planning for a return to a “new normal” is key to ensuring a fluid transition for your staff and students. In the document below we have highlighted some common questions which have arisen for our clients in the private school sector. Download

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