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Mental Health Awareness Week – Acas Guidance for Employers

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May), and this year the Mental Health Foundation is focusing on stress. Whilst not a mental health problem in itself, stress can lead to depression, anxiety and other mental health problems. According to the Foundation, one in four people will experience a mental health problem at some…

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Costs of Care and Longer Lives Justify Big Clinical Negligence Awards

Awards of compensation in some of the most serious clinical negligence cases can appear very large to the uninitiated. However, as one High Court case showed multi-million-pound pay outs are readily explained by the galloping costs of professional care and ever increasing life expectancies. The case concerned a nine-year-old girl who developed severe jaundice soon…

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Compensation for Injury to Feelings Is Tax Free, Rules Court of Appeal

Those who suffer unlawful discrimination in the workplace are entitled to be compensated for injury to their feelings and, following an important Court of Appeal decision, such awards will henceforth be tax free. The case concerned a company director, aged in his mid-50s, who claimed that he had been selected for redundancy due to his…

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Sensible Cohabitees Always See a Lawyer before Buying Property Together

Despite any number of cautionary tales appearing in the press and elsewhere, many unmarried cohabitees unwisely persist in buying properties together without taking legal advice. In one case, a woman found out the hard way how difficult it can be to prove your rights if your name is not on the title deeds. The woman…

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Lack of Informed Consent Leaves NHS Trust Liable for Paralysis

When an operation goes seriously wrong and a personal injury claim is made, the issue of ‘informed consent’ can be critical. Whenever an operation is performed, consent must be given, because all surgery does carry some clinical risk. Clearly, such consent must be given on an informed basis: weighing up the risks and potential benefits…

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The National Minimum Wage – Long Tail Consequences of Non-Compliance

Failing to pay staff the National Minimum Wage stores up serious financial trouble for the future and employers who do not understand the Law will be stung with a longer tail following a Tribunal’s guideline decision. The case concerned a Head Porter, employed by a Property Management company, who had for well over a decade…

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Court of Protection workload is on the rise!

The latest statistics show that the Court of Protection’s workload is growing at a rapid pace.  There were 38,945 orders made under the Mental Capacity Act in 2017 which was an increase of nearly 50% in 2016. Over a third (40%) of the orders made related to the appointment of a deputy for property and affairs. The…

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Our Commercial Team is growing!

Introducing Laurence Lucas, Commercial Property Partner here at Tayntons. Laurence is joining Tayntons with a wealth of experience and knowledge within Commercial Property, having specialised in this area of Law since 2000. He has lived in Gloucester for over 20 years and is a Governor at High School for Girls in Denmark Road. “Tayntons has…

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Employment Law Update

April 2018 brings changes to the Tax on Termination Payments Following consultation by the Government from 6 April 2018 changes will come into force in the way termination payments are treated in regards to tax. Payments in lieu of notice (PILON) As it currently stands if you do not have a contractual PILON any payment…

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Disability Discrimination – Tribunal Rules on Definition of Cancer

It is hardly surprising that anyone suffering from cancer is deemed to be disabled under the Equality Act 2010 – but what exactly is cancer? The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered that issue in an important test case. The case concerned a catering worker who, after noticing a blemish on her cheek, was diagnosed with…

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