how long can a risk of bias last for?

In 2011 Mr John Healey, described as “an experienced litigator”, brought an Employment Tribunal claim against Wincanton Group. The case came before Employment Judge Robinson sitting in Liverpool, was duly heard, and the tribunal reserved its decision. So far, so good. Unfortunately, Employment Judge Robinson’s memory failed him with disastrous consequences for the eventual judgment,…

National Minimum Wage increases announced

The Government has settled on the rates of National Minimum Wage, as proposed by the Independent Low Pay Commission, to come into effect on 1 October 2013. The announcement had been delayed for a month, prompting speculation that the Government might freeze the rates but Business Secretary Vince Cable said that he was confident that…

Enterprise & Regulatory Reform Act becomes law – dotted with various employment law reforms

On 25 April 2013, the Enterprise & Regulatory Reform Act became law, on receiving Royal Assent. It is an enormous Act and, quite frankly, a thorough hotch-potch. There are Parts covering the UK Green Investment Bank, abolition of the Competition Commission, laws concerning cartels, the appointment of bankruptcy adjudicators, copyright law and rules concerning estate…

the Queen’s Speech and LLPs

Delivered with all the traditional pomp and ceremony that one would expect the Queen’s Speech was made to the combined Houses of Parliament on 8 May, setting out the Government’s legislative programme for the coming year. Probably of greatest interest to lawyers and other professionals is the removal of the presumption of self-employed status for…