Furlough Fraud – The Coming Storm – 33 Bedford Row

Posted July 30th, 2020 in coronavirus, fraud, money laundering, news, remuneration, tax evasion by sally

‘On the 8th of July 2020 the first reported arrest took place in the West Midlands of a 57-year-old man suspected of “furlough fraud”. The arrest and search of his property has been reported widely in the national media. It was reported that following arrest the man had his computers, digital devices and documents seized in relation to an alleged £495,000 fraud. His bank accounts have been frozen.’

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33 Bedford Row, 27th July 2020

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Redundancy pay to be protected for furloughed workers – BBC News

Posted July 30th, 2020 in coronavirus, news, redundancy, remuneration by sally

‘Furloughed workers losing their jobs will be eligible for redundancy pay based on their normal wages – not the furlough rate – from Friday.’

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BBC News, 30th July 2020

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Have sports stars been caught out by Corona – Church Court Chambers

Posted July 28th, 2020 in contract of employment, coronavirus, news, remuneration by sally

‘It is not just in the worlds of finance and commerce where the effects of the global Corona Virus pandemic are currently being felt. The sporting world is also suffering at the hands of this novel virus. And many clubs are doing anything to make savings. But will that be enough? As has been publicised this weekend, Wigan Athletic Football Club have called in the administrators as a result of their financial woes. Seven years after winning the FA Cup, their fall from those dizzy heights has reached a new low.’

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Church Court Chambers, July 2020

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Universal Credit: Mum wins High Court fight against DWP – BBC News

Posted July 22nd, 2020 in benefits, employment, government departments, news, remuneration by sally

‘A single working mother has won a High Court challenge against the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) over “irrational” universal credit rules.’

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BBC News, 20th July 2020

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Guidance from the EAT as to the calculation of a week’s pay and profitability bonuses: Econ Engineering Limited (Appellant) v Mr P Dixon and Others (Respondent) – Parklane Plowden Chambers

‘For sums to be included in the calculation of a week’s pay by reference to S.221(2) Employment Rights Act (ERA) 1996, completion of normal working hours must be both a necessary and a sufficient condition for the entitlement to the relevant payment.’

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Parklane Plowden Chambers, 6th July 2020

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MP: Criminal lawyers need immediate help to survive – Legal Futures

‘Shadow justice minister Karl Turner has called for an “immediate increase” in legal aid rates if criminal law firms are to survive, along with measures to save the Bar.’

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Legal Futures, 7th July 2020

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Alex Schymyck: Why the proposed changes to asylum legal aid fees are unlawful – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘This blog analyses the legality of the Civil Legal Aid (Remuneration) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020, which came into force on 8 June 2020 The regulations radically alter the renumeration available to lawyers who represent asylum seekers in appeals from decisions refusing to grant refugee status. They threaten the viability of legal aid provision and 66 MPs, including the Labour leader Keir Starmer, have signed an Early Day Motion seeking to annul the regulations. The immigration Bar has gone on strike and a major law firm has already indicated its intention to challenge the legality of the regulations.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 23rd June 2020

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Negligent advice warning over coronavirus jobs scheme – Legal Futures

Posted June 16th, 2020 in coronavirus, law firms, negligence, news, remuneration by sally

‘Lawyers and others who advised clients on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) are at risk of claims as the government looks to claw back payments to which recipients were not entitled, a professional negligence specialist has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 16th June 2020

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MPs offer hope for lawyers locked out of Covid-19 support – Legal Futures

‘The Law Society and Bar Council have urged the government to act on a report from MPs that that would help lawyers who have fallen through the gaps of the coronavirus support schemes.’

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Legal Futures, 16th June 2020

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Insolvency in the English Football League: impact on players and staff – Littleton Chambers

Posted June 11th, 2020 in contract of employment, coronavirus, debts, insolvency, news, remuneration, sport by sally

‘In relation to the EFL, there have been dire warnings that in the absence of a substantially increased contribution from the Premier League, up to 60 clubs could go out of business.’

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Littleton Chambers, 2nd June 2020

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Prince Andrew charity broke law by paying trustee £350,000 – The Guardian

Posted June 10th, 2020 in charities, Charity Commission, news, remuneration, royal family by sally

‘A charitable trust supporting the work of Prince Andrew has been required to return more than £350,000 in payments made to a trustee after a public watchdog intervened.’

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The Guardian, 9th June 2020

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Changes to terms and conditions; Individual and Collective Redundancy Consultation – 3PB

‘With employees starting to return to work (be that on a part-time basis or otherwise) and employers continuing to assess the viability of their businesses as going concerns, how might employers make changes to an employees’ contractual terms lawfully in order to avoid redundancies, for instance agreeing a reduction in wages?’

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3PB, 2nd June 2020

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Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (‘SEISS’)- Old Square Chambers

‘With the scheme going live on 13 May 2020, Giles Powell and Conor Kennedy consider the SEISS and its effects.’

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Old Square Chambers, 12th May 2020

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Equal Pay Act: Why Are Women And Minorities Still Paid Unfairly 50 Years On? – Each Other

‘“Whether it’s being denied flexible working and having to work fewer hours as a result, or finding out you’re paid £3,000 less than a white man with the same job title and fewer responsibilities; it’s always crushing being treated worse than your peers.”

Those are the words of Sophia Moreau, who has experienced unequal pay repeatedly throughout her late teens and early 20s. The journalist and campaigner said that she has come to a “sad realisation” that, as a black woman, she cannot expect fair treatment.’

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Each Other, 29th May 2020

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Covid 19 Employment Law Series: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Direction: Where are we now? – Parklane Plowden Chambers

Posted May 29th, 2020 in contract of employment, coronavirus, news, remuneration by sally

‘With its publication on Friday 22 May 2020, immediately before the bank holiday weekend, you can be forgiven for having missed HMRC’s revised Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“CJRS”) Direction, dated 20 May 2020 (“the Direction”). All claims for payment under the CJRS, made after 22 May 2020, must comply with the Direction. The Direction modifies the previous version dated 15 April 2020 and clarifies many, but not all, of the questions that arose therein.’

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Parklane Plowden Chambers, 27th May 2020

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29,000 claims a year despite 50 years since Equal Pay Act – The Guardian

‘A consistently high number of workers are alleging that their employers are illegally paying them less than colleagues in similar roles, according to research released to mark the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act.’

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The Guardian, 25th May 2020

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The Court of Appeal provides confirmation on the implications of the use of the Government’s coronavirus job retention scheme by companies in administration: Re Debenhams Retail Limited [2020] EWCA Civ 600 – Radcliffe Chambers

‘In a judgment handed down on 6th May 2020 in Re Debenhams Retail Ltd (in administration) [2020] EWCA Civ 600, the Court of Appeal provided confirmation on the implications for office holders and insolvent estates of using the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in administrations, following the previous first instance decisions on the issue in Re Carluccio’s Ltd [2020] EWHC 886 (Ch) and Re Debenhams Retail Ltd [2020] EWHC 921 (Ch). Matthew Weaver considers the judgment and its implications in this briefing.’

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Radcliffe Chambers, 13th May 2020

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Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (‘SEISS’) – Old Square Chambers

Posted May 19th, 2020 in coronavirus, news, remuneration, self-employment by sally

‘With the scheme going live on 13 May 2020, Giles Powell and Conor Kennedy consider the SEISS and its effects.’

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Old Square Chambers, 12th May 2020

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Fraud Under the Furlough Scheme – Church Court Chambers

Posted May 15th, 2020 in chambers articles, coronavirus, employment, fraud, news, remuneration by sally

‘On the 20 March 2020, the UK Government Chancellor, Rishi Sunak announced a number of measures to help employees and businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic crisis: one of them was the Coronovirus Job Retention Scheme (“CJRS”). As billions of pounds is paid in grants to companies, the temptation to exaggerate claims, lie, cheat or just make fraudulently claims will occur. New loopholes and opportunities for fraud have emerged. HMRC is aware of this and have even set up a specialised whistleblower line. Yasin Patel and Amy Hazlewood explore the scheme and the potential criminal offences for anyone found to have made fraudulent claims under the CJRS.’

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Church Court Chambers, May 2020

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Coronavirus: Sex workers ‘should have access to support fund’ – BBC News

Posted May 15th, 2020 in benefits, coronavirus, news, prostitution, remuneration by sally

‘Calls have been made for an emergency fund to support sex workers whose earnings have fallen during the coronavirus crisis.’

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BBC News, 15th May 2020

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