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July 2019 Newsletter

It’s July, and whether you’re holidaying abroad or enjoying a staycation in the UK, you will be glad (or maybe not!) of the record breaking temperatures across Europe.  Not to be outdone, the Government is also busy turning up the heat and we bring news of no less than three consultation exercises on new legislation: on sexual harassment, on a new single labour market enforcement body, and on sickness absence and disability.

In our case update we report on the Court of Appeal’s confirmation that an employer can discriminate directly because of a perceived disability; a challenge from Northern Ireland to the current position that a series of deductions (in this case for holiday pay) can be broken by a gap of three months; and guidance on when covert recordings can constitute misconduct.

What Luke has been doing recently…

What do you do when it’s almost too hot to think?  Do lots of research on tax law, of course.  I think this is genuinely a case of me doing it “so you don’t have to”, and I’m pleased to say that – in the usual Menzies Law style – my aim is to let you have practical, bite-sized tips and advice on how to approach the introduction of the new IR35 rules into the private and voluntary sector.  In line with our usual approach, we will be aiming to support you in any way we can as you start to grapple with the issue and will keep you updated with ideas and reminders as the date gets closer.

The main message is: prepare now and don’t wait until 2020!

While your accountancy and tax providers may well be vying for your attention on this topic, you will probably appreciate that employee status is really an employment law issue, and where there is doubt, debate or dispute over whether a consultant is really acting as an employee then it will be your friendly employment lawyer who will be best placed to help.  And we will be very pleased to do so.

Whether you’re looking for advice about a particular person, or would appreciate us coming in to review all your contractor relationships, we’d love to help.

Luke Menzies
Director, Barrister and Solicitor
email Luke or call 0117 325 0921


Joanne Sefton, Specialist Employment Lawyer at Menzies LawJudge Joanne!

We are delighted to announce that our recent former colleague, Joanne Sefton, has just been appointed as an Employment Judge.

Joanne is a barrister who trained and practiced at Littleton Chambers, the leading employment law barristers chambers in London, before coming West to join us at Menzies Law in 2012.  We were honoured to include her in our team and are now delighted at her appointment to the bench.

Joanne will be working full-time at Manchester Employment Tribunal, under her maiden name of Joanne Dunlop.  We are confident that all ET users coming in front of Joanne will receive the very highest standards of fairness, impartiality and courteous treatment.

We miss her, but are confident that the ET service has just bagged itself a superb new Employment Judge.



Employment Law Update – Tuesday 8th October

Our annual autumn event will take our usual format of a morning tour of all key employment law developments with our team of employment law specialists. We will take a look at recent cases and what they mean for employers and HR professionals.

This will be followed by an afternoon seminar where we will take a deeper dive into a current hot topic. Our team of legal eagles are still developing this so watch this space for more details!

As with all of our events, there will be plenty of time to ask questions, pick brains and network with fellow professionals.

See more details.



PES Mental Health First Aid training

Are you thinking of qualifying as a Mental Health First Aider (MHFA) or encouraging others in your business to do so?

Our lovely friends at PES ( are offering Menzies Law clients a discounted rate for their accredited 2 day Mental Health First Aid course.  Thank you PES!

Taking place in central Bristol on 5th and 6th November, this is an extremely informative course where attendees are taught a set of skills by a qualified MHFA instructor.  Those skills will both deepen attendees understanding of the issues that impact on and relate to people’s mental health and enable them to support someone experiencing mental health issues.

For more information and to book please follow this link and use the password: menzieslaw


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