Articles and Updates

Season's greetings and welcome to the last employment update for 2014. In this edition we reflect on some of the key developments in employment law that have taken place this year. In particular, we have a summary of some of the key cases from the year with the main practical points to take away. Also, to help ensure that you have kept up with developments, we have included a checklist of the action points that have arisen from the changes in employment legislation during 2014.

It has been almost nine months since the first gay marriages, but it is only since 10 December 2014 that couples who were already in a civil partnership could convert to a marriage.

Tags: Jessica PittAssociateWealth and Succession2014

At the enforcement conference arranged last week by the FCA, Jamie Symington, director of investigations, made it clear that the FCA are comfortable making a purposeful and specific example of people and firms in their enforcement work. In particular he referred to the personal fine on three directors of Swinton Group in relation to sales tactics. He mentioned repeat offences and non-cooperation as other issues being considered in other cases. Will this approach by the FCA give rise to an increase in attestations?

Two recent decisions by the FCA on inducements have brought this issue back into the spotlight. The FCA discontinued an investigation into Partnership with no action taken but fined Sesame £1.6 million for breaching its inducements rules.

The National Planning Practice Guidance was changed at the end of November to exempt developments of 10-units or fewer from having to pay contributions for affordable housing and other tariff style contributions, under Section 106 Planning Obligations.

Tags: Fergus CharltonCommercialPlanningReal Estate2014

Welcome to Competition Matters, a briefing which provides a quick overview of the latest developments in UK and EU competition law and policy.

At an appeal hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice on 20 November 2014, early guidance was provided for Courts dealing with the costs budgeting process. In an appeal before His Honour Judge Forster QC (sitting as High Court Judge) in the case of IAF & Others v Castlebeck Care (Teesdale) Ltd and the Secretary of State for Health, the First to Fourth Claimants were successful in their appeal against a costs budgeting decision made by Master Leslie on 11 March 2014.

Tags: Andrew HannamClinical NegligenceHealthcare2014

Welcome to the Dispute Resolution November Bulletin which brings you practical legal updates together with industry-focused insights.

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Welcome to the November bulletin. Since the release of our October E-Bulletin, we also released a newsflash regarding the EAT's decision on holiday pay / overtime which went off with a bang a few days before 5th November! The dust is now beginning to settle in relation to the AMEC judgment and therefore this month we look at how that decision effects the back liability for employers, using some live examples and why, when looking at the examples employers may not be in the clear for that back liability.

Welcome to this month's Charities news.