Post Office settles mammoth group action – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 11th, 2019 in class actions, dispute resolution, news, postal service by tracey

‘TThe epic Bates v Post Office group litigation, which has dragged on for over three years, has been settled, the parties announced today with the Post Office admitting “we got things wrong in our dealings with a number of postmasters”. The surprise announcement was made days before judgment in the so-called the “Horizon trial” – the second trial in the class action – was due to be delivered.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 11th December 2019

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New Judgment: Royal Mail Group Ltd v Jhuti [2019] UKSC 55 – UKSC Blog

‘The appeal concerned the dismissal of Ms Jhuti from her employment by Royal Mail Group Ltd. The key question of law that it raised was whether in a claim for unfair dismissal under Part X of the Employment Rights Act 1996, the reason for the dismissal can be other than that given to the employee by the employer’s appointed decision-maker.’

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UKSC Blog, 27th November 2019

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Council failed to consider impact of proposed retail development on local post office, High Court finds – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 14th, 2019 in judicial review, local government, news, planning, postal service by tracey

‘Dacorum Borough Council should have considered the impact of a small retail development on the viability of a local Post Office when it granted planning permission, the High Court has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th November 2019

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Royal Mail wins High Court injunction to block potential strikes by postal workers – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 14th, 2019 in industrial action, injunctions, news, postal service by tracey

‘Royal Mail has won a High Court injunction to block potential strikes by postal workers.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th November 2019

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Royal Mail loses appeal over £50m fine for breaking competition law – The Guardian

Posted November 13th, 2019 in appeals, competition, fines, industrial action, news, postal service by sally

‘Royal Mail has lost an appeal against a £50m fine from media regulator Ofcom for anti-competitive behaviour against its largest competitor, the parcels business Whistl.’

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The Guardian, 12th November 2019

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Royal Mail seeks injunction over planned strikes by workers – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 8th, 2019 in industrial action, injunctions, news, postal service by tracey

‘Bosses at Royal Mail are seeking an injunction to block a planned strike by postal workers, claiming there are “potential irregularities in the ballot” making the vote unlawful.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th November 2019

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Appeal throws out Post Office bid to replace judge – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 15th, 2019 in appeals, bias, class actions, damages, judges, news, postal service, recusal by sally

‘In a scathing 17-page judgment, the Court of Appeal has thrown out an attempt by the Post Office to appeal a judge’s refusal to recuse himself from group litigation on the grounds of bias. Ruling in Post Office Limited v Alan Bates & Ors, the Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Coulson said that the recusal application ‘never had any substance and was rightly rejected by the judge’.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 14th May 2019

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Royal Mail fined record £50m by Ofcom – BBC News

Posted August 14th, 2018 in appeals, competition, fines, news, postal service by sally

‘The fine is for its actions in 2014 when Whistl, which was then known as TNT, was trying to become its first competitor in wholesale mail delivery.’

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BBC News, 14th August 2018

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Surrey ‘mailbag thief’ jailed in 1976 overturns conviction – BBC News

‘A man who served eight months in a youth jail for stealing mailbags in the 1970s has had his name cleared.’

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BBC News, 17th January 2018

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Royal Mail wins legal injunction to block strike – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 13th, 2017 in industrial action, injunctions, news, postal service by tracey

‘Royal Mail has won a High Court injunction preventing next week’s planned 48-hour strike by postal workers.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th October 2017

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HMRC steps up inquiry into employment status of Hermes couriers – The Guardian

‘HM Revenue & Customs has stepped up its investigation into the delivery company Hermes classifiying its couriers as self-employed, while the business has also been hit with an employment rights lawsuit from the GMB trade union.’

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The Guardian, 3rd May 2017

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Subpostmasters fight to clear names in theft and false accounting case – The Guardian

‘More than 1,000 subpostmasters who claim they were wrongly accused of theft or false accounting could join a class action against the Post Office to clear their names.’

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The Guardian, 9th April 2017

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NHS misplaced half a million patient documents – BBC News

Posted February 27th, 2017 in contracting out, documents, health, medical records, news, postal service by tracey

‘Thousands of NHS patients may have come to harm because of an administrative mix-up, says NHS England. Some 500,000 documents containing medical information, including cancer test results, were mistakenly put in storage rather than being sent to the GP or filed in the patients’ records.’

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BBC News, 27th February 2017

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Is employment law fit for the gig economy? – The Guardian

Posted September 13th, 2016 in employment, industrial action, news, postal service, remuneration, self-employment, taxis by sally

‘Protesting Uber drivers and Deliveroo couriers are classed as self-employed, and there are questions as to whether the law adequately protects such workers.’

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The Guardian, 13th September 2016

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Hermes may face HMRC investigation into allegations of low pay – The Guardian

‘The government has asked tax inspectors to consider investigating allegations of low pay by self-employed couriers working for the doorstep delivery company Hermes.’

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The Guardian, 11th September 2016

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Postman walks free after stealing 11,000 items of post over 22 years – Daily Telegraph

‘A postman who has stolen over 11,000 items of post since 1993 says he is “so sorry” for what he did.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th November 2015

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Prisoners’ legal letters opened by prison staff, admits ombudsman – The Guardian

Posted September 29th, 2015 in confidentiality, news, ombudsmen, postal service, prisons, privacy, privilege by sally

‘Prisoners’ confidential legal letters to and from their lawyers and the courts have been wrongly opened by prison staff in half of cases investigated by the prisons ombudsman in the past year.’

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The Guardian, 29th September 2015

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Ofcom rejects Royal Mail’s competition concerns – The Guardian

Posted December 2nd, 2014 in competition, news, ombudsmen, postal service by sally

‘Britain’s postal regulator Ofcom will not overhaul rules for direct mail delivery competition, dealing a blow to Royal Mail which has complained that rival offers will undermine its ability to deliver a nationwide service.’

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The Guardian, 2nd December 2014

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Britain First Rochester election mail leaflet dubbed illegal – BBC News

Posted November 3rd, 2014 in elections, freedom of expression, Islam, news, political parties, postal service by sally

‘Royal Mail has said it will not deliver a leaflet for the right wing party Britain First in the Rochester and Strood by-election because it believes it to be illegal.’

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BBC News, 31st October 2014

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Postman took millions meant for City firms – BBC News

Posted May 6th, 2014 in fraud, news, postal service, sentencing, theft by tracey

‘Ajaz Budi, 33, wept uncontrollably as he was sentenced at the Old Bailey for stealing cheques ranging from £50 to £110,000 at Mount Pleasant, London.’

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BBC News, 2nd May 2014

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