ELA is an organisation dedicated to promoting the best practice of employment law and representing the interests of UK employment lawyers. The Curzon Green Employment Team are regularly involved in assisting with ELA consultations through "working parties", which are comprised of various professionals in the UK employment sector. These working parties analyse proposed legislation to consider its impact and ways it could be improved. These submissions are provided to the Government and other bodies for their consideration and are instrumental in shaping new legislation.
Jennifer has now secured a place on the prestigious Legislative and Policy Committee which plays a key part in monitoring developments in employment law and coordinating working parties. The L&P Committee is made up of 28 members who have contributed significantly to previous legislative work and have shown dedication to improving UK employment law. Jennifer's insightful involvement and experience in previous working parties has not gone unnoticed and her position in the Committee will ensure that ELA continues to provide submissions which strike an appropriate balance between the rights of employees and the rights of employers in the UK.
Jessica and Victoria in our employment team recently secured a favourable settlement agreement for one of our clients that had worked for a company for 19 years. The company attempted to unilaterally alter his role which effectively would result in demotion, thus a breach of contract.
We assisted our client in raising a grievance and directly engaged with the company in without prejudice communications and negotiated on our client's behalf with his employer in order to agree a mutually beneficial settlement agreement. Despite some hostility on the employer's part, Curzon Green managed to secure a favourable settlement to the employee, who provided the following feedback:
'When looking for an employment lawyer, I cannot over recommend Curzon Green! From start to finish they were fighting in your best interest. Everything was done promptly and accurately, which ultimately resulted in getting the outcome I wanted. A big thank you to Curzon Green, and specifically to Jessica and Victoria for all their hard work.'
The Employment Team in London have successfully defended a claim of race discrimination in the Employment Tribunal.
Acting for a high-end recruitment agency, the team initially secured strike out of the Claimant's claim for loss of earnings. The Claimant's claim for injury to feelings was subsequently unsucessful. The claim was dismissed in the whole by the Employment Judge after a 4-day hearing in the Tribunal, involving detailed evidence and submissions from both sides.
We are delighted to announce that we have signed the Women in Law Pledge, championed by the Law Society's diversity and inclusion team.
We will publish more information as we create and implement our action plan, as part of the pledge, and will update this on our website. Through this pledge we hope to celebrate our many successes in diversity and inclusion, and also use this action plan to identify and address any gaps to ensure we are properly meeting the pledge and our commitments.
Equality has always been a core value at Curzon Green and we aim to treat everyone equally and with the same attention, courtesy and respect irrespective of their disability, gender, marital status, race, racial group, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or age. We are fully committed to eliminating discrimination in the workplace and promoting equality and diversity in our practices, procedures and policies, and in all areas in which we have any influence.
The Dispute Resolution team recently acted for two holidaymakers who suffered bed bug bites whilst abroad in Cape Verde on a package holiday with a well-known provider. Our team alleged fault and improper performance of the holiday contract in accordance with the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992. Following negotiation, our team secured a global settlement for our clients in which they each took away significant four figure sums to compensate them for the pain and suffering caused by the bites and the loss of enjoyment they had encountered on their holiday as a result. The settlement was secured without the need for court action and also covered our client's legal costs.
The Dispute Resolution team were recently instructed to assist with securing vacant possession of a property for a landlord. The tenants failed to vacate the property following service of a Section 21 Notice, despite several reminders by the landlord. Our team assisted with issuing possession proceedings and secured a possession order against the tenants requiring them to vacate the property. Following a repeated failure to exit the property, Curzon Green obtained a warrant of possession and instructed Court bailiffs, eventually leading to successful repossession of the property by the landlords.
It can be difficult as a landlord to navigate the complexities of serving notice and getting problematic tenants to leave a property, but Curzon Green have considerable expertise to guide landlords through what can otherwise be a stressful and time-consuming process.