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Following the Autumn budget, we know that the National Minimum Wage will increase again in April 2018 to:

  • £3.70 per hour for apprentices (this applies to apprentices aged under 19, or apprentices aged 19 or over in their first year of apprenticeship);
  • £4.20 per hour for 16-17 year olds;
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Taylor Review

You will recall that we have looked at the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices in past bulletins. Now the BEIS and Work and Pensions committees have made recommendations adopting many of the themes in the Taylor Review. These recommendations include:



Christmas gifts that keep on giving

Ben Cooper

Christmas shopping usually means a visit to the high street or browsing online retailers, but the season of giving can be a good time to make sure you’re maximising your opportunities for inheritance tax reliefs, whether to family, friends or charity, while spreading some seasonal cheer. 

While larger... Read More


Interesting Cases... Workers Status

Uber BV and others v Aslam and others

Speaking of Uber… They appealed the Employment Tribunal’s finding that their drivers were workers and their appeal failed. We’ve looked at the Uber case before and the factors used to determine worker status in some detail and so this probably... Read More


Interesting Cases... Constructive Dismissal

Rawlinson v Brightside Group Ltd

This Employment Appeal Tribunal case concerned ‘constructive dismissal’. You will most likely have come across this term before, although sometimes it is misused. A constructive dismissal is where an employee is entitled to resign and treat themselves as... Read More


Interesting Cases... Unlawful Employment Refusal Ltd v Denby

It is unlawful to refuse to employ a person because they are a member or not a member of a trade union, or because they refuse to join or leave a trade union.

In this case, Mr Denby became chairman of Jet2’s Flight Deck Crew Council in 2007 and became... Read More


Hundreds of unmarried couples in Huddersfield at risk of losing everything if the relationship breaks down

A local family lawyer has called on unmarried couples in Huddersfield to take action to protect themselves, as they could be vulnerable if their relationship breaks down.

Richard Buckley, Senior Solicitor from Eaton Smith Solicitors, made the calls along with other family lawyers from across the county as... Read More


Chancellor announces get-fit regime

Ben Cooper

An extra £3 billion to prepare for Brexit over the next two years and a vision of an economy that is ‘fit for the future’ were at the heart of the Chancellor’s Autumn statement.

And despite downgrading growth and productivity forecasts, after public sector net borrowing hit £8bn in October, Philip... Read More


Divorce: Time for a change to the law?

Divorce is regularly cited as being in the top 3 of the most stressful life events that you can go through, so surely it follows that we should be trying to do what we can to ease that stress not add to it and help separating couples approach their divorce constructively.

Unfortunately, the way that the... Read More


Lessons for business from the #metoo headlines

Following the allegations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein and other leading figures, businesses need to make sure they have clear policies to inspire the right culture in their workplace.

The initial revelations about the Hollywood mogul inspired many to open up about their experiences of sexual... Read More


Family finances make divorce negotiations increasingly complex

Divorce rates are on the rise, according to the latest statistics, and with the increase in the value of family assets, couples should do more to face up to financial affairs during the good times according to professionals. 

According to the latest figures from the Office for National... Read More


The Rights of Grandparents

The Forgotten Victims

Grandparents can often be the forgotten victims of a marriage breakdown. Unfortunately, there is no legislation in place that gives grandparents any automatic rights to spend time with the children before, during or after a divorce. There was an attempt to introduce a... Read More