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What constitutes a disability?

James Monk - Colour

Case update (Sullivan v Bury Street Capital Ltd) Following a personal relationship with a woman Mr Sullivan became convinced that he was being monitored and followed by Russian gangsters connected to that woman.  In July 2013 the employer became aware that Mr Sullivan was in a ‘bad place psychologically and physically’, he was sweating and…

Covert recording brings overt cost award | Employment Law

James Monk - Colour

Facts & findings of the case In the recent case of Tan v Copthorne Hotels an employment tribunal made a large costs award against Mr Tan. It is a noteworthy case as not only did they award Copthorne Hotels the sum of £432,000, which is one of the largest awards for of costs against an…

The new Job Support Scheme

Helena Morrissey Colour

Given that the impact of the covid pandemic is going to be with us for some time to come, it is perhaps not surprising that the government has announced further job support measures to help preserve some jobs when the current job retention (or ‘furlough’) scheme comes to an end.  The emphasis is, however, on…

Jade Linton of Thursfields named as one of UK’s top 25 employment lawyers

Jade Linton - Colour

A senior HR and employment expert at Thursfields Solicitors has been recognised in a prestigious index for the sector’s top experts published by a national journal. Jade Linton, an associate director and HR business partner in the Employment department, has been listed as one of the UK’s top 25 employment lawyers. The Reward 300 2020…

I have been offered a settlement agreement. What do I do next?

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Being offered a settlement agreement can be a confusing time for an employee. It is likely to signal the end of the employment relationship and while sometimes this can feel a relief for an employee, very often this can also be a worrying time. To make matters more confusing the settlement agreement document that an…

City hire for Thursfields as new Head of Employment department joins

Helena Morrissey Colour

Helena Morrissey has joined Thursfields Solicitors in Solihull after spending the last 14 years with Squire Patton Boggs (formerly Hammonds), where she started as an Assistant Solicitor and left as a Director in its Labour & Employment team. Her experience has seen her act for a wide range of commercial clients, from small family businesses…

Settlement agreements and confidentiality clauses (part 1)

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When a dispute arises between two or more parties, the parties may want to try to reach an agreement which is a reciprocal compromise for both parties. The terms of such an agreement are often contained within a settlement agreement. Reaching an agreement and entering into a settlement agreement can help avoid litigation costs and…

Flexible furlough – a flexible friend? | Employment Law

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On 29 May 2020 details of how employers would share the cost of furloughed workers were revealed with the government also announcing that greater flexibility would be introduced from 1 July 2020, a month earlier than originally envisaged.  We outline what this means for employers and their furloughed employees.    From 1 July employers will…

Top solicitor rejoins Thursfields to lead Employment team in Worcester

Lisa Kemp

A top solicitor has returned to Thursfields Solicitors to lead the company’s Worcester employment team. Lisa Kemp spent more than three years as an employment solicitor at Thursfields from January 2016 until last year when she left to work for international law firm, DLA Piper UK. Michelle O’Hara, director of Employment & HR Law at…

Annual leave and Furlough at the same time? | Employment Law

James Monk - Colour

Many employees on Furlough have the unexpected chance to spend time at home and for some (but not everyone) this will be with their loved ones.  And while enforced time off work may feel like a break for some, for others it will not.  The thorny issue of whether employees can take or be made…

What is a Settlement Agreement?

James Monk - Colour

Under the current economic circumstances, settlement agreements or compromise agreements, as they used to be called, may become more prevalent as companies have to make some difficult decisions regarding their workforce. Here’s our Top Five Tips to understanding Settlement Agreements: 1 – Simply put, they are a legal contract between an employee and employer which…

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