Category Archives: Employment Tribunal

Government reforms (2): Tribunal fees – refunds available (finally!)

tribunal fees - stack of pound coins
What do we already know? We updated you in our July 2017 Newsflash Tribunal fees unlawful – enormous impact that the Supreme Court ruled Tribunal fees unlawful and removed them with immediate effect, including retrospectively all the way back to their start in July 2013. The Supreme Court’s decision also meant the refunding of all…
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Blog: When is a job not a job?

Joanne Sefton, Specialist Employment Lawyer at Menzies Law
Amongst all the noise about the Supreme Court’s decision to quash Employment Tribunal fees, another recent decision, made at the opposite end of the judicial hierarchy, has rather slipped under the radar. Given that you’ll have seen endless opinions on UNISON v Lord Chancellor I thought it might be more interesting to share some thoughts…
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Blog: A tour around decision making

Simon Martin, Specialist Employment Lawyer at Menzies Law
This is the second in my very occasional series of blogs on the overlap between the worlds of professional cycling and employment law. The Tour de France has recently finished and while I wait for the Vuelta (the tour of Spain) to start I have been reflecting on one incident. It was on Stage 4…
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Newsflash – Tribunal fees case management order

What do we already know? We updated you in our Newsflash Tribunal fees – the aftermath that the Presidents of the Employment Tribunals had issued Case Management Orders staying all Tribunal claims or applications brought in reliance on the Supreme Court’s decision to abolish Tribunal fees. What’s new? The stay on claims has been lifted…
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Newsflash: Tribunal fees – the aftermath

What do we already know? We updated you in our July Newsflash Tribunal fees unlawful – enormous impact that the Supreme Court has ruled that Tribunal fees are unlawful and have struck them down, not just with immediate effect but also back-dated to their inception in July 2013. We also described the potential for ‘historical’ claims…
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Newsflash: tribunal fees unlawful – enormous impact

  This development will have a seismic impact on the world of Employment Tribunal claims and employers’ employment law risks. What do we already know? We updated you in our June 2016 Newsflash Tribunal fees – another decision coming… that the Supreme Court was due to hear the appeal by UNISON against the Court of…
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Blog: Never discuss religion or politics

Joanne Sefton, Specialist Employment Lawyer at Menzies Law
“Never discuss religion or politics”. This sage advice has been around for at least a century. But in these days of Brexit and Trump, politics seems harder and harder to avoid and religion has got wrapped up in it in a way it hasn’t been – or at least not in the UK – for…
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Blog: Judges taking centre-stage

Joanne Sefton, Specialist Employment Lawyer at Menzies Law
Question:  What do Denise Brewster and Fatemad Reshad have in common? Answer:  Both are very recent beneficiaries of the exercise of judicial control over executive power. Meaning what, exactly? Well, Fatemad is an Iranian infant who travelled to the US this week to undergo potentially life-saving heart surgery at a Portland hospital. Her planned treatment…
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Blog: The Top Five Most Important Employment Law Cases of 2016

Joanne Sefton, Specialist Employment Lawyer at Menzies Law
No arguments – 2016 has been a seismic year by any standard. Whether you are grieving over David Bowie, still mourning England’s dismal performance in the Euros or contemplating the likely impact of Trump-Brexit on the future of civilisation as we know it, you might be forgiven for not putting employment law at the centre…
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Blog: Sometimes it helps when your owner is a billionaire

Simon Martin, Specialist Employment Lawyer at Menzies Law
I should start by declaring an interest.  I am not a Chelsea fan.  However, I will do my best to be as dispassionate as possible in this blog as I consider the settlement for Chelsea’s ex-club doctor, Eva Carneiro, in her Employment Tribunal sex discrimination claims against them. The incident As you may well have…
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