Civil partnerships for heterosexual couples

A heterosexual couple have recently won a landmark legal right to enter into a civil partnership as an alternative to getting married. Civil partnerships were introduced in 2005 in order to provide same-sex couples with the same legal protection and…

Latest Case on the “Gig Economy”

In the latest case in the gig economy, the Supreme Court has ruled that a heating engineer, working for Pimlico Plumbers, was a worker and not self-employed. Mr Gary Smith worked for Pimlico Plumbers as a plumber and heating engineer.…

Discrimination arising from Disability

Section 15 of the Equality Act 2010 (EqA) confirms that if a person is treated unfavourably because of something arising in consequence of their disability and it cannot be shown that the treatment is a proportionate means of achieving a…

Dress Codes and Sex Discrimination

On 17 May 2018, the Government Equalities Offices published new guidance on Dress Codes and Sex Discrimination.  The guidance is aimed at employers who have dress codes and follows a slew of dress-code related sex discrimination cases in the Employment…

Adjudication Cases Part 1 of 2018

This series of articles continues the reporting and review of cases on the enforcement of adjudicators’ awards begun in the Journal of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. 107473.001 SH Construction Case Booklet FIN[1] This document is available to be read…

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In Conversation with…. Paul Dennett, City Mayor of Salford

At our latest “In Conversation With” event we were joined by Paul Dennett, a working-class boy from Warrington who became Salford’s second directly elected City Mayor. Guests in attendance enjoyed an hour discussion and Q&A about Paul’s upbringing, where money…

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Don’t hang up your dancing shoes

At Slater Heelis, some of us have talents that extend far beyond a sharp grasp of the law. Take Phillip Rhodes, for example: our partner in the Family team – and WINNER of the Seashell Trust Strictly Come Dancing fundraiser!…

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