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Reasonable adjustments and s.15 claims

Gareth Price discusses reasonable adjustments and s.15 claims in light of Northumberland NHS v. Ward. Read more
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December 05, 2019

School launches legal proceedings after receiving 'inadequate' rating from Ofsted

A school in Trafford has issued a legal challenge to regulator Ofsted in a bid to overturn being rated as ‘inadequate’.
December 05, 2019

Supreme Court to hand down key ruling next week on village greens and land held by public bodies pursuant to statutory powers

The Supreme Court will next week (11 December) hand down a key judgment on village green registration where publically accessible land is held by public authorities pursuant to statutory powers.
December 05, 2019

Council forced to apply for retrospective planning permission for ground source heat pumps after thinking it was unnecessary

Northumberland County Council has had to grant itself retrospective planning permission for three ground source heat pump arrays after realising that it had gone ahead in the mistaken belief that permission was not needed.
December 04, 2019

ICO consults on new draft guidance on Subject Access Requests under GDPR

The Information Commissioner has launched a consultation on new draft guidance for organisations on how to handle Subject Access Requests (SARs) under the GDPR.

  FEATURES AND ANALYSIS

November 15, 2019

When is an FOI request not an FOI request?

Susan Wolf sets what organisations should bear in mind when considering whether something is 'business as usual' or an FOI request.
November 08, 2019

Marshalling evidence in special educational needs cases

John Roberts reports on a successful result obtained by a local authority in the Special Educational Needs Tribunal.
November 08, 2019

Managing employee health and well-being

Hayley Titchner outlines the main legal claims that employees suffering from work-related stress could pursue.
November 01, 2019

GDPR, class actions and the right to compensation

The Court of Appeal recently overturned a High Court ruling and found that a claimant could serve an out of jurisdiction application against Google as part of a class action. Ibrahim Hasan examines the judgment.
November 01, 2019

Whistleblowing: reasonable belief in public interest?

Alastair Currie looks at the question of when it could be said that an employee’s belief that a disclosure is in the public interest is reasonable within the meaning of whistleblowing legislation.
October 25, 2019

Transgenderism and chosen pronouns

A Christian doctor was recently dismissed for refusing to address transgender patients by their chosen pronoun. Nadjia Zychowicz reports on the Employment Tribunal’s subsequent ruling.
October 25, 2019

Disciplinary panels and investigation reports

An Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled that an investigator’s report should not subvert the role of a disciplinary panel. Charles Pigott considers the judgment.
October 25, 2019

Supplier administrations: how to respond

What should you do if a supplier goes into administration? Chloe Poskitt provides a general overview of administration and what options are open to schools and other bodies.

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October 14, 2019

The Queen’s Speech 2019: highlights for local authorities

Alastair Lewis and Emyr Thomas provide a summary of some of the proposals in this week's Queen's Speech that would affect local authorities.
October 11, 2019

What is a ‘reasonable endeavours’ obligation, and is it a sensible solution?

Gwendoline Davies explains what a party needs to do to comply with a ‘reasonable endeavours’ obligation, and considers whether endeavours clauses are always a sensible solution.
October 04, 2019

Workplace shoulder massages and harassment

Did a workplace shoulder massage amount to sex-related harassment? Charles Pigott reports on a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling.
September 26, 2019

Re D – the Supreme Court, 16/17 year olds and confinement

The Supreme Court has handed down a much-anticipated judgment on 16-17 year olds, deprivations of liberty and parental consent. Alex Ruck Keene explains the ruling and sets out some practical implications.
September 06, 2019

Withdrawal of pre-action admissions

A High Court judge has ruled in a case involving a local authority that when it comes to whether or not to allow the withdrawal of pre-action admissions, judges should resist the temptation to conduct a mini-trial. Bronia Hartley analyses the ruling.
August 30, 2019

Facebook postings and vicarious liability of employers

Charles Pigott examines an Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling that racially offensive Facebook posting was not done in the course of employment.
August 30, 2019

In the frame

Anja Beriro and Peter Ware analyse some of the key considerations around the use of frameworks in public procurement.
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August 23, 2019

‘Funding crisis’ - a detailed look at the funding shortage in UK schools

According to campaigners, more than 200 schools in England are cutting their school weeks short due to funding shortages. This raises questions over legal ramifications and the responsibility of the government. Jean Tsang, associate at Bates Wells and governor of a maintained primary school, addresses these questions and looks at the worrying effects of this ‘funding crisis’ on the ‘most…
August 23, 2019

Whistleblowing – expanding protection to anticipated protected disclosures

A claimant recently successfully argued at first instance that it is unlawful to subject an individual to a detriment on the grounds that the employer perceived them to be considering making a protected disclosure. Jennifer Danvers considers the judgment and potential ramifications.
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August 16, 2019

Judicial review challenge over closure of children’s centres defeated by local authority

The case R (on the application of L, an infant (by his mother and litigation friend)) v Buckinghamshire County Council represents the first time when the High Court considered in detail the meaning of the ‘sufficiency duty’ in section 5A of the Childcare Act 2006 (ChA 2006) in the context of whether a council’s consultation on the closure of a number of children’s centres was unlawful or not.…
August 16, 2019

Distinctly Average: statistics, rate of pay and shifting burden of proof in equal pay claims

The Court of Appeal has recently held that when determining particular disadvantage in non-binary situations, Tribunals should look at male and female average pay, not the distribution of male and female pay within a band. Daphne Romney QC, an equal pay specialist, explains Underhill LJ’s judgment.
August 16, 2019

Experts in Human Rights Act claims

Are human rights experts necessary in Human Rights Act claims? David Maggs examines the status of their evidence.
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