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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...

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...

New Fire Alarm Law Introduced to Protect Tenants

From 1 st October, a new law requires private landlords to fit properties with smoke alarms. The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 requires a fire alarm to be fitted on each floor of a property which contains a room wholly or partly used as living accommodation. A carbon...

All Change Please

As I reflect on my first few weeks as a trainee solicitor at Woodfines, I realise that the next two years are going to be busy but interesting, and I am in no doubt that they will fly by! Although I am a new trainee solicitor, I cannot be described as a new employee: I have been at Woodfines for...

Happy Birthday – out of copyright and back onto the screen

It is a song that is sung across the world in almost every language imaginable (even Klingon, if Google is to be believed), but did you know that Happy Birthday is subject to a copyright? The song was composed by two American sisters in 1893, albeit under a different name. It later evolved to...

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