Author: Philip Henson

Employment Law: A Brief Introduction | Defero Law

Employment Law: A Brief Introduction | Defero Law

A short introduction to UK employment law This article sets out a précis of some of the employment law issues that businesses may wish to consider when establishing, or furthering, a commercial presence in...

George Osborne’s ill thought out plan

George Osborne’s ill thought out plan

Is the lure of owning an amount of shares, and not paying capital gains tax on the profit that those shares make (if any) a fair exchange for surrendering  some of your employment rights?...

Reservists in the work place

Reservists in the work place

Reservists in the work place   The defence secretary, Philip Hammond, is expected to announce details today of how the Army will be restructured, including plans for a “Reaction Force” made up entirely of...

The Queen’s speech (2012) “no alarms and no surprises please”

The Queen’s speech (2012) “no alarms and no surprises please”

There were no surprises in the Queen’s speech. The notes to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill state that the government will “Overhaul the employment tribunal system, and transform the dispute resolution landscape”. This...

Diversity in the Legal Profession – The Law Society Diversity and Inclusion Charter Annual report

Diversity in the Legal Profession – The Law Society Diversity and Inclusion Charter Annual report

Diversity in the Legal Profession The Law Society Diversity and Inclusion Charter Annual report The Law Society diversity and inclusion charter, launched in 2009, is the flagship diversity initiative of the legal profession[1]. It...

The gender imbalance on EU corporate boards

The gender imbalance on EU corporate boards

A recent European Commission report highlights the limited progress made one year after EU Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, Viviane Reding, called for publicly listed companies to voluntarily increase women’s presence on...

Mr. Brodie Clark to claim constructive dismissal

Mr. Brodie Clark to claim constructive dismissal

Mr. Brodie Clark, the former chief of the UK Border Agency, has indicated that he intends to lodge a claim in the employment tribunal for constructive dismissal. His statement, released via the FDA Union,...

What should we do about Executive Pay?

What should we do about Executive Pay?

A recent Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) discussion paper on executive remuneration highlights that the median total remuneration of FTSE100 CEOs has risen from an average of £1m to £4.2m for the...

ACAS publishes new Social Networking Advice

ACAS publishes new Social Networking Advice

ACAS has recently published several fact sheets on the use of social media in the workplace (Click here for a link). It is estimated that misuse of the internet and social media by workers costs Britain’s...

Compromise agreements, confidentiality clauses and Andy Coulson

Compromise agreements, confidentiality clauses and Andy Coulson

Tom Watson (Member of Parliament for West Bromwich East) has recently written to Mr. Peter Wardle, the Chief Executive of the Electoral Standards Commission asking him to investigate alleged potential breaches of the Political...

OFCOM Letter – “fit and proper person” Test (Broadcasting Act)

OFCOM Letter – “fit and proper person” Test (Broadcasting Act)

Ofcom has published a letter from Ed Richards to MPs (Rt Hon Simon Hughes MP, Rt Hon Don Foster MP, Tim Farron MP), dated 22 July 2011, which clarifies its view that it is...

Sharon Shoesmith – UK Supreme Court refuses the Department of Education and Haringey Council leave to appeal

Sharon Shoesmith – UK Supreme Court refuses the Department of Education and Haringey Council leave to appeal

Sharon Shoesmith – UK Supreme Court refuses the Department of Education and Haringey Council leave to appeal The Supreme Court has refused to grant officials leave to appeal against the decision that Ms. Sharon Shoesmith...

The end is nigh for the News of the World – for NOTW workers the battle is yet to begin

The end is nigh for the News of the World – for NOTW workers the battle is yet to begin

I am still computing the impact of James Murdoch’s (Deputy Chief Operating Officer Chairman and CEO, International, News Corporation) recent announcement that he is going to close the News of World (NOTW) newspaper on the many hundreds of NOTW...

Blow The Whistle On Red Tape – The New BIS “Red Tape Challenge”

Blow The Whistle On Red Tape – The New BIS “Red Tape Challenge”

The Department for business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has issued a new challenge to business owners, employees, the public and even government inspectors, asking them to blow the whistle on inconsistent and over-zealous enforcement of rules...

The Perils of Social media in the Workplace

The Perils of Social media in the Workplace

Employment lawyers and HR practitioners (and a recent juror!) will already be aware of the perils of using social media.  A fascinating judgment involving the use of facebook in the workplace was recently handed...

Governance and Business model for the Green Investment Bank & will it actually be a bank?

Governance and Business model for the Green Investment Bank & will it actually be a bank?

After much fanfare the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has announced detailed plans of the vision for a Green Investment Bank with the aspiration that “The UK will be the first country in...

Sharon Shoesmith the Scapegoat

Sharon Shoesmith the Scapegoat

Sharon Shoesmith, Former Haringey Council Children’s Boss, has won her Court of Appeal Case, against her controversial sacking (live on TV by former Minister Ed Balls) following the tragic death of Baby P. The Court of...

A new system of Parental leave – “blocks” of leave on the horizon from 2015.

A new system of Parental leave – “blocks” of leave on the horizon from 2015.

A new system of Parental leave “blocks” of leave on the horizon from 2015 (subject to “affordability”) Section 14 of the Coalition agreement boldly declared that: “We will encourage shared parenting from the earliest...

Max Mosley loses ECHR privacy case

Max Mosley loses ECHR privacy case

News reaches us that The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has today confirmed that Max Mosley has not been successful with his claim that the United Kingdom failed to impose a legal duty on...

New UK Government report shows decline in Trade Union Membership

New UK Government report shows decline in Trade Union Membership

New UK Government report shows decline in Trade Union Membership (and some very interesting statistics)   The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) has recently published a National Statistics publication showing that Trade...