October 2015

Who is an employee entitled to have present as a companion in a disciplinary hearing?

Such was the question before the High Court in Stevens v University of Birmingham . Employees have a right under s.10 Employment Relations Act 1999 to be accompanied to both disciplinary and grievance hearings by a work colleague or a trade union representative. (Note – in these circumstances a...

Moving in a New Direction

As I put the finishing touches to this, the first of my posts on the trainee blog, I am sat on a train headed to London for an all-day licensing law seminar. This is just one of the new experiences that I find myself encountering in this exciting new phase of my career. My road to qualification as...

Changes to Assured Shorthold Tenancy Rules

Important changes have come into force for all Assured Shorthold Tenancies (or AST’s) entered into after 1 st October 2015 as a result of the Deregulation Act 2015. A summary is set out below. At the outset of the tenancy, all landlords must provide: Gas safety certificate Energy Performance...

Smoking in Vehicles Law Change

Just over a year ago, we published an article regarding the government consultation on smoking in private vehicles carrying children . Fast forward to the present and the changes are set to come into force from today. For those unaware of this new regime, we have put together a brief summary of the...