Covert Surveillance in the Workplace

The European Court of Human Rights in Lopez Ribalda & Ors v Spain recently held that covert camera surveillance at work breaches the ECHR Article 8 right to privacy. In this case, a supermarket installed both visible and hidden surveillance…

Slater Heelis Property Team Reach Regional Final

It has been a great start to the New Year with the Slater Heelis property team announced as a finalist for ‘Property Team of the Year’ at the Manchester Legal Awards 2018. There is a shortlist of just three firms…

Carillion enters into liquidation

Construction giant Carillion has entered into liquidation with debts estimated to be around £1.5 billion. Carillion employs around 20,000 in the UK. It has been reported that Carillion outsourced virtually all of its work, which included maintenance of prisons, hospitals…

Rest Breaks and Compensatory Rest

In the case of Crawford v Network Rail Infrastructure Limited, the EAT considered the requirements contained in Regulation 12 of the Working Time Regulations 1998 (“WTR”) to provide a rest break of not less than 20 minutes where a worker’s…

Whistleblowing – in the public interest or of self-interest?

In Parson v Airplus International Ltd, Ms Parson (a qualified non-practising barrister) made a number of disclosures to her employer. She argued the disclosures qualified for protection and therefore her dismissal shortly after was automatically unfair for whistleblowing. The tribunal…

Child Maintenance Changes

Child maintenance can be a very complex area of family law. In recent years two separate schemes have been in operation to provide for a transition period. As of 31 December this year, the older scheme, administered by the CSA…

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How to deal with flammable cladding

Property litigator, Daniel Stern answers an important question in relation to cladding on properties post-Grenfell, as featured in The Sunday Times on 11th December 2017. Q. I’ve been trying to buy a two-year-old flat since June. Everything is in place…

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The rights of ‘out-sourced’ workers

The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) are launching a legal challenge on behalf of receptionists, security officers and porters who work at the University of London but are actually employed through a facilities management company. It will argue…

Top Tips for Avoiding a Christmas Catastrophe

1. Put your children first This goes without saying, but in the midst of all the festivities and last-minute shopping, it’s always worth reminding yourself that Christmas is a particularly special time of year for your children. Minimise conflict, don’t…