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Undue influence challenges – Rea v Rea

The recent case of Rea v Rea [2024] EWCA Civ 169 evidences the high bar cases of undue influencemust overcome. The Court of Appeal stated that to bring a successful claim, undue influence must bemore probable than any other hypothesis.BackgroundThe claim was brought by Rita, the daughter of the late

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April 2024: Employment law changes taking effect this month

April is always a busy month for employment law changes and this year has proven no different. Several changes have taken effect at the start of this month. These include changes to family-friendly rights, statutory pay rates, tribunal compensation, and the always recurring but welcome increase of the national minimum wage, which we have outlined below. If

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Key changes employers need to make for 2024 – are you ready?

There are numerous changes in employment law that are expected to come into effect early next year. We have outlined the key changes and steps employers should take for good practice and to ensure they are prepared to implement these changes in good time. 1. Qualifying workers will be able to request predictable working hours – The Workers (Predictable Terms and Conditions)

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Supporting and managing staff during times of conflict

In the face of recent conflict in Israel and Gaza, it is important for employers to get to grips with how these events (as well as like future events) could trickle their way into workplace discussions. Employers should be aware of the problems said workplace discussions could present them with,

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Justice Committee launches inquiry into ongoing County Court concerns.

The House of Commons Justice Committee has launched a new inquiry amid the growing concerns over the resourcing and capacity of the County Courts.  The inquiry follows the publication of recent statistics from the Civil Justice Statistics Quarterly for April to June 2023 which demonstrate that court delays are at

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Could inflation help your personal injury claim?

What’s the current inflation rate? Inflation, which is the rate at which the prices of goods and services increase, is currently at 6.7% for September this year, which has remained relatively unchanged from the month of June. Although, the rate is much lower than when inflation peaked at 10.4% in

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Upcoming Changes to the Court’s “Help with Fees” Scheme

A party to litigation inevitably finds themselves subject to increasing costs. Those costs include fees which need to be paid to the Court throughout the proceedings. For example, a Claimant is required to pay an issue fee when initially bringing a claim, a hearing fee before trial and other fees dependant on what is

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Another Link in the (E-mail) Chain

“Can I forward copies of my work e-mails to my personal account?” This is one of the more frequent questions we are asked by clients involved in disputes with their employers and our advice to them in response is always the same, an emphatic “no”.  It is understandable an employee

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Updates to fit notes – A simpler process for all

The Department for Work and Pensions (“DWP”) updated its Guidance on Fit Notes for Employers and Line Managers on 6 October 2023, which includes changes to the guidance, the addition of an employer’s checklist and helpful case studies.  The Statement of Fitness for Work, commonly referred to as the “fit

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