Article Category: Insight & Opinion

Changes to the DBS Check: How will they affect your school?

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) changes implemented on 1st August 2019 saw the introduction of a withdrawals policy. This policy means that DBS will no longer amend enhanced DBS check applications — made after 1st August 2019 — where missing or incorrect information has been identified in particular fields (detailed below). The applications in question… Read more »

Misrepresentation in Contract Law

Misrepresentation of the facts in contract law can quite rightly, have financial consequences. The importance of making true and accurate representations when encouraging a party to enter into a contract was highlighted in a well-publicised case in 2018, where a premium dating agency was ordered by the High Court to refund a client £12,600 after… Read more »

Residence Nil Rate Band: Has It Made A Difference?

The Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB) is an additional inheritance tax allowance which can be utilised by those who have a residential property and wish to leave this to their direct descendants. This includes children, grandchildren, stepchildren and even widows, widowers and civil partners of descendants in certain circumstances. On 6 April 2017, George Osborne… Read more »

New Rules Announced for Keeping Children Safe in Education

Schools will be familiar with the DfE’s ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ and ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ documents. A recent update which will be published on 2nd September 2019 has further strengthened the requirements for schools and academies, and will bring about a new Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 document. The document is… Read more »

Landowners Beware of the Electronic Communications Code 2017

The Electronic Communications Code 2017 (‘the Code’) controls the relationship between landowners and companies who run communication networks through cables and masts. This new code has generated more litigation in two years than the previous code had in over 20 years. In part, this is due to the telecoms firms exploring the extent of their new… Read more »

Term Time Workers’ Holiday Pay Should Not Be Pro-rata

The Court of Appeal has confirmed that term time workers’ holiday pay should not be on a pro-rata basis, but should instead be calculated using their average earnings over the preceding 12-week period. Lord Justice Nicholas Underhill stated that the working time regulations did not require leave for workers to be reduced to a pro-rata… Read more »

Christian Doctor Claims He Was Victim of Discrimination at Work

A Christian doctor, Dr Mackereth, told an Employment Tribunal that he was dismissed from his position as a benefits assessor by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) due to his religious beliefs. He argued that he was the victim of discrimination at work when he refused to refer to ‘a 6ft tall bearded man’… Read more »