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Dismissing a whistle blower fairly

Was it fair to dismiss a whistle blowing employee, a police officer, who was making disclosures regarding his colleagues' treatment of victims?

Yes, where the employee's behaviour in raising the disclosures - rather than the disclosures themselves - was the reason for the dismissal, says the Employment Appeal Tribunal in a recent decision.

Background

In the case of Panayiotou v Kemaghan, Mr Pamayiotou, a police officer,…

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Added by Springhouse Solicitors on April 22, 2014 — Defero Law

5 steps to organise your practice better

Practice Managers who organise their technology and human resources better are bound to see improved financial results for their practice. While the concept of 'managing better' might seem daunting, you just have to start small, with simple tasks that can be easily improved and then build on them, tackling more complex aspects of your office.

So here are a few major areas that you should be paying attention to if you're trying to manage your legal business better.

1)…

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Added by Ana Udrea on April 22, 2014 — Defero Law

Slater & Gordon Committed to Fight for Asbestos Victims

The Merseyside Asbestos Victims Support Group arranged for Australian Labor Senator, Lisa Singh, to speak at its monthly meeting in Liverpool. Staff from Slater & Gordon Lawyers in Liverpool, Manchester & Halifax as well as from Pannone (part of Slater & Gordon) were in attendance.



Senator Singh is a driving force in pushing the Australian Government to address the appalling asbestos legacy in Australia. She co-founded the Asbestos Free Tasmania Foundation, an advocacy…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on April 17, 2014 — Defero Law

Could a garage really be this expensive?

Imagine having a garage worth more than your house? A derelict spacious garage located in London had been listed in an auction then sold for an immense sum of £550,000 marking it the most expensive property in its sector around Britain.

The garage is nothing special and it hasn’t been used in a while as there signs of cracking in the interior along with debris covering parts of the floor but never the less these defects didn’t stop it from becoming the most costly garage in Britain…

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Added by Nicole Cran on April 17, 2014 — Defero Law

Britains damaged coastline!

A report was released last week by the National Trust which stated that an easier and more maintainable strategy should be devised and is “urgently needed” in order to assist the protection of coastal areas in the forthcoming future. One of the UK’s well known coastal owners, The Trust has said that a number of the sites in their possession have been severely damaged by the winter storms and ever rising high waters.

In East Sussex there are a chain of seven chalk…

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Added by Nicole Cran on April 17, 2014 — Defero Law

Wave goodbye to Britain's countryside

Britain holds some of the most picturesque locations known around the world, from nature walks to treasured forests, the majority of which are under constant use and enjoyed by many members of the public. Conversely, a director from the National Trust has expressed that the Government are gradually easing a decision in for Councils to construct numerous properties upon land that has been…

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Added by Nicole Cran on April 17, 2014 — Defero Law

Continuous acceleration in the property market!

Having previously read about the ever growing property market, house prices are still continuously rising by the day. Across the whole of the UK, prices have risen an impressive 9.1% during the year up until February 2014 as displayed by the ONS, the Office for National Statistics. This improvement is said to be an impressive increase in comparison to the annual rate in January of 6.8%.

Big organisations such as Halifax and Nationwide have collated data from recent…

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Added by Nicole Cran on April 17, 2014 — Defero Law

Could a garage really be this expensive?

Imagine having a garage worth more than your house? A derelict spacious garage located in London had been listed in an auction then sold for an immense sum of £550,000 marking it the most expensive property in its sector around Britain.

The garage is nothing special and it hasn’t been used in a while as there signs of cracking in the interior along with debris covering parts of the floor but never the less these defects didn’t stop it from becoming the most costly garage in Britain…

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Added by Nicole Cran on April 17, 2014 — Defero Law

Britains damaged coastlines!

A report was released last week by the National Trust which stated that an easier and more maintainable strategy should be devised and is “urgently needed” in order to assist the protection of coastal areas in the forthcoming future. One of the UK’s well known coastal owners, The Trust has said that a number of the sites in their possession have been severely damaged by the winter storms and ever rising high waters too.

In East Sussex there are a chain of seven chalk…

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Added by Nicole Cran on April 16, 2014 — Defero Law

Continuous acceleration in the property market!

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<p>Having previously read about the ever growing property market, house prices are still continuously rising by the day. Across the whole of the UK, prices have risen an impressive 9.1% during the year up until February 2014 as displayed by the ONS, the Office for National…

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Added by Nicole Cran on April 16, 2014 — Defero Law

Wave goodbye to the British countryside

Britain’s holds some of the most picturesque locations known around the world, from nature walks to treasured forests, the majority of which are under constant use and enjoyed by many members of the public of all ages. Conversely, a director from the National Trust has expressed that the Government are gradually easing a decision in for Councils to construct numerous properties upon land…

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Added by Nicole Cran on April 16, 2014 — Defero Law

Most expensive field in Britain!

How would you like to be neighbours with Elton John and The Queen? Well at just £30 million you can be! Britain's most pricey field has just been put on the market for a massive £30 million. Parkwood Estate is 77 acres of land with planning permission for an astonishing 33,000 sq/ft mansion to be built with 10 bedrooms, staff accommodation, cinema, library, spa and even an indoor swimming pool! This spectacular property would be 30 times bigger than the regular home and a huge 384 times more…

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Added by Kirsty Rogers on April 16, 2014 — Defero Law

Councils under fire for using CCTV cameras to get parking fines.

Two Merseyside Councils have come under fire from civil liberties groups for carrying  out controversial surveillance to enable them to hand out parking fines to the public. Both Wirral Borough Council and Liverpool City Council have been using vehicles equipped with cameras to identify parking violations.

Wirral Council made a massive £239,951 by using their CCTV cars between 2008 and 2013 and every week almost 30 charges were made meaning that over the five year period 7,513 charges…

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Added by Kirsty Rogers on April 16, 2014 — Defero Law

Communicating with Children after a Relationship Breakdown

Various broadsheets have today reported a recent children case in the Family Division of the High Court concerning the contents of email contact between a father and children, and the importance of parents thinking carefully about how an email will be interpreted by the child, when they write it.



Email and other forms of written contact (generally called “indirect contact”) are often used in cases when for one reason or another, it has been considered inappropriate for the parent to…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on April 16, 2014 — Defero Law

Communicating with Children after a Relationship Breakdown

Various broadsheets have today reported a recent children case in the Family Division of the High Court concerning the contents of email contact between a father and children, and the importance of parents thinking carefully about how an email will be interpreted by the child, when they write it.



Email and other forms of written contact (generally called “indirect contact”) are often used in cases when for one reason or another, it has been considered inappropriate for the parent to…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on April 16, 2014 — Defero Law

“It is a conference Jim, but not as we know it.”

I can’t help but notice that over the last few years audience numbers at conferences have dwindled, notwithstanding a price drop for a one-day conference in London by some organisers.

An unwelcome side effect for any marketing manager is that it is becoming increasingly difficult to convince barristers / lawyers / accountants to speak at 3rd party conferences. Normally speakers don’t get paid…

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Added by Silvia Van den Bruel on April 16, 2014 — 2 Comments

Dodgy Docs give everyone a bad name

A GP who had provided over 10,000 medical reports for personal injury claimants was suspended from practice this week for falsifying a report. Dr Anthony Kaufman filed a report for Liverpool law firm Hampson Hughes who were acting for his step-daughter’s then fiancé. The report stated that Max Turbett had sustained whiplash injuries in a car accident. Until a family bust up persuaded Mr…

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Added by Sharon Lister on April 16, 2014 — Defero Law

Office of Fair Trading Closes – What Next for Businesses?

On 31 March 2014 the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) closed its doors. This is part of the Government’s reform of the arrangements for competition, consumer protection and consumer credit regulation.



The OFT’s work and responsibilities have been passed to a number of different bodies, including the Competition and Markets Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority.

The Competition and Markets Authority



The Competition and Markets Authority started…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on April 14, 2014 — Defero Law

What's the Difference between Proactive ‘Management Style’ and Bullying?

Sickness absences cost British industry almost £29 billion, according to research last year by PricewaterhouseCoopers. But how much of this sickness is caused by stress resulting from aggressive management?



What might be seen by one colleague as straight talking might to another feel like harassment. There can be serious consequences when assertive management goes too far and one of those consequences is ill health.



It is the responsibility of Human Resources and managers…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on April 14, 2014 — Defero Law

Family Fear Hospital Has Not Learnt Lessons from Daughter’s Death





A couple fear hospital bosses have failed to learn lessons from the death of their newborn baby. Karen, 37, and Sion Legg, 30, spoke of their devastation at losing their first child Alyssa Rose, aged just seven days, after serious failings in her mother’s labour were highlighted during the Inquest.



The Coroner concluded that with better Obstetric management it is likely that Alyssa Rose would not have died.



An internal review by Nottingham University Hospital…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on April 11, 2014 — Defero Law

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