Article Category: Insight & Opinion

Pension sharing on divorce

For many people, their pension can be the largest asset after the matrimonial home. Pension sharing on divorce can be complex; if one party has significantly more in pension funds than the other at the point of separation, then there will be consideration given to whether a Pension Sharing Order would be appropriate. What is… Read more »

Vaccination, sick pay and isolation periods

supermarket worker

Vaccination, sick pay and isolation periods are proving to be widely debated topics in employment. The supermarket Morrisons has removed full sick pay for staff instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace who have chosen not to be vaccinated. Should there be a ‘no vaccination, no sick pay’ policy for isolation periods? Jennifer Platt… Read more »

Divorce – is bad behaviour taken into consideration?

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As family lawyers we often find ourselves having to dispel misconceptions in an initial divorce appointment due to incorrect or misleading information available online. Here we discuss the most common misconception that we address, namely conduct. A common question we are asked in an initial divorce appointment is ‘If my husband or wife has cheated… Read more »

A breach of directors’ duties: shares allotted

Company directors are subject to certain obligations to ensure they act in the best interests of the company as a whole, rather than for the personal gain of any individual. The recent case of TMO Renewables Ltd (in liquidation) v Yeo and others [2021] EWHC 2033 (Ch) centred on an alleged breach of directors’ duties… Read more »

Parents, families and flexible working

Balancing work and childcare is something which many individuals will have to battle at some point during their working lives. Over the last few months we have seen judgements coming through from Employment Tribunals relating to dismissals on the back of family-friendly flexible and part-time working requests from working parents.   Case study 1: Thompson… Read more »

The right of appeal against dismissal

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Is it ever fair for an employer not to hear an employee’s appeal against dismissal? Jennifer Platt, Senior Associate in the Employment and HR team, discusses the recent Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decision in Moore v Phoenix Product Development Limited.   Background   The claimant was an inventor of a water efficient toilet, the ‘Propelair… Read more »

Ending a same sex relationship

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If you are in a same sex relationship and you feel that the relationship has come to an end, there are various options available to you. For ending a same sex relationship, the separation process largely depends on whether you are cohabiting, in a civil partnership or married.   Cohabiting couples The law for cohabiting… Read more »

Residential care homes and the LGBTQ+ community

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Genevieve Powrie considers the unique challenges for the LGBTQ+ community when it comes to residential care homes. The challenges – are there LGBTQ+ care homes? It can be daunting to move into full residential care at any stage of life and from any walk of life. In some cases, it can particularly be so for… Read more »

Transgender change of name

Transgender change of name – How do I change my name when I no longer identify with my birth name? For many transgender people, a change of name is an essential and symbolic part of their transition. If you are transgender or non-binary you may already be using your preferred name, and this may have… Read more »