‘Everything is in jeopardy’: how new UK visa rules are tearing families apart – The Guardian

Posted December 7th, 2023 in families, immigration, news, regulations, remuneration, visas by michael

‘Rebecca, 28, a full-time PhD student in biosciences from Liverpool, and her partner, an Australian national working in higher education, are among thousands of couples facing separation and financial uncertainty because of the government’s decision to overhaul immigration rules. Among those affected will be skilled workers, international students, health and care workers from overseas and their family members.’

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The Guardian, 7th December 2023

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Migrant fruit picker who ‘struggled to buy food after being underpaid by British farm’ sues employers – The Independent

‘A migrant fruit picker is suing a British farm in a landmark employment tribunal over claims she was underpaid, worked six-day weeks and had to buy her own protective equipment.’

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The Independent, 3rd December 2023

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Severance Denied: Diag Human v Volterra Fietta [; A Potential Public Policy Warning for Litigation Funders – Gatehouse Chambers

Posted November 21st, 2023 in agreements, chambers articles, champerty, enforcement, fees, news, remuneration, solicitors by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has held that the severance of terms rendering a CFA unenforceable was not available to solicitors on public policy grounds and that consequently their clients were entitled to the return of sums paid on account. The decision in Diag Human v Volterra Fietta will ring alarm bells for litigation funders who might be contemplating launching similar arguments as a consequence of the Supreme Court’s decision in R (on the application of PACCAR) v Competition Appeal Tribunal.’

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Gatehouse Chambers, 10th October 2023

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NHS pay: Health staff win Covid bonus after legal action threat – BBC News

Posted November 6th, 2023 in coronavirus, doctors, hospitals, news, nurses, remuneration by tracey

‘The government has agreed to fund a one-off bonus for health workers who missed out previously because they worked for non-NHS organisations. A payment of at least £1,655 was agreed as part of the NHS pay deal in England this year, to recognise the pressure of the Covid pandemic on staff. But the BBC recently reported thousands of outsourced staff did not qualify and employers had launched legal action.’

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BBC News, 6th November 2023

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Men start earning more than women at the Bar from day one – Legal Futures

Posted November 2nd, 2023 in barristers, diversity, equality, news, remuneration, sex discrimination, statistics, women by sally

‘Earnings diverge between male and female barristers in every practice area from the start of their careers – when the differential is 17% – and peak at 11-15 years’ call, new research has found.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd November 2023

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UK Supreme Court backs worker-friendly underpayment ruling – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 12th, 2023 in holiday pay, news, Northern Ireland, police, remuneration, Supreme Court by sally

‘The UK’s Supreme Court has backed a Northern Ireland court’s earlier ruling that makes it easier for workers to raise claims for unpaid holiday pay that stretch back over a period of time.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th October 2023

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Holiday pay ruling ‘entitles many UK workers to thousands in unfairly deducted wages’ – The Guardian

Posted October 5th, 2023 in holiday pay, news, Northern Ireland, police, remuneration, Supreme Court by sally

‘Many UK workers could be entitled to thousands of pounds “unfairly” deducted from their pay after a supreme court decision, according to unions.’

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The Guardian, 4th October 2023

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The Remuneration of Pension Trustees: Some Current Issues – Wilberforce Chambers

Posted October 4th, 2023 in chambers articles, news, pensions, remuneration, trusts by sally

‘This article deals with two discrete aspects of the law and practice relating to trustee remuneration – a recent decision of the Court of Appeal and the Pensions Regulator’s Single Code of Practice.’

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Wilberforce Chambers, September 2023

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High Court judge: Counsel’s fees should be subject to guideline rates – Legal Futures

Posted September 28th, 2023 in barristers, fees, news, remuneration, solicitors by tracey

‘It is “difficult to see the justification for treating counsel’s fees differently from solicitors’ fees” when it comes to applying guideline hourly rates (GHR), a High Court judge said yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 28th September 2023

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Sheffield council faces mass equal pay claim over ‘scandalous’ pay grades – The Guardian

‘Sheffield city council is to become the latest local authority to face a mass equal pay claim from women who have been underpaid by up to £11,000 a year, the GMB union has said.’

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The Guardian, 25th September 2023

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DPP Speech to the Bar Council, 9 September 2023 – Crown Prosecution Service

‘DPP Speech to the Bar Council, 9 September 2023.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 9th September 2023

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Tribunal rejects MoJ’s ‘elaborate’ reason for refusing FOI request – Law Society’s Gazette

The first-tier tribunal has overturned a ruling that the Ministry of Justice was entitled to turn down freedom of information requests relating to cleaners’ pay.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 8th September 2023

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The Remuneration of Pension Trustees – Pensions Barrister

Posted September 7th, 2023 in news, pensions, remuneration, trusts by sally

‘This article deals with two discrete aspects of the law and practice relating to trustee remuneration – a recent decision of the Court of Appeal and the Pensions Regulator’s Single Code of Practice.’

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Pensions Barrister, 7th September 2023

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Consultant paralegal was law firm ‘worker’, tribunal rules – Legal Futures

Posted August 18th, 2023 in contract of employment, employment, law firms, news, paralegals, remuneration by sally

‘A consultant paralegal was a “worker” at a law firm and could sue for unauthorised deductions from wages but was not an employee who could claim breach of contract, a tribunal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 18th August 2023

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Fordham’s Ten Principles of the Duty of Candour in Judicial Review – Essex CAJI

Posted August 17th, 2023 in disclosure, equality, judicial review, news, police, remuneration by sally

‘The duty of candour is the pre-eminent procedural duty that governs the evidence base in judicial reviews. It requires all parties to assist the court with full and accurate explanations of all the facts relevant to the issue under review. The duty of candour is a common law duty. It has been helpfully summarised in several guides, including the Treasury Solicitor Guidance on Discharging the Duty of Candour and Disclosure in Judicial Review Proceedings (2010), which acts as practical guidance to government departments and lawyers, and the Administrative Court Judicial Review Guide 2022. What will be required of parties to meet their duty of candour is highly context sensitive. Public law litigants must, at each stage of proceedings, be aware of the information and documents which might be relevant. In many judicial reviews, say those that involve a challenge to an administrative decision made against an individual claimant, for which there is a clear and concise paper trail, compliance with the duty of candour will usually be straightforward. Candid disclosure is, however, a thornier task in complex judicial reviews, such as policy or systemic challenges, where there might be extensive and sensitive documents to potentially consider, sometimes stretching across multiple government departments.’

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Essex CAJI, 16th August 2023

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Former Uber driver wins payout of £20,000 owed for more than seven years – The Guardian

‘A former Uber driver has won a payout of more than £20,000 owed to him for more than seven years after a tribunal ruled the gig economy firm failed to respect minimum wage and holiday entitlement laws.’

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The Guardian, 12th July 2023

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The importance of correctly identifying the relevant provision, criterion or practice (‘PCP’) and pool for comparison in any indirect discrimination claims – 3PB

Posted July 6th, 2023 in contract of employment, news, race discrimination, remuneration by sally

‘This appeal, decided on 5 May 2023, raised the question whether, under section 41 Equality Act 2010 (“EqA”), workers employed by third-party contractors could rely on the principal’s own employees as comparators in a claim of indirect race discrimination relating to rates of pay. It highlights the importance of identifying, correctly, the relevant provision, criterion or practice (“PCP”) and pool for comparison, in any indirect discrimination claim, if necessary seeking further information or disclosure from the respondent in order to do so.’

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3PB, 5th June 2023

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Ex-One Legal staff given pay award over redundancy without notice – Legal Futures

‘Sixty-four former employees of One Legal – the alternative business structure that owned two criminal law firms – have been granted full protective awards because they were made redundant without notice.’

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Legal Futures, 21st June 2023

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Tribunal orders London borough to pay ex-director £15k+ in withheld pay – Local Government Lawyer

‘The London Borough of Croydon must pay a former director almost £15,000 in withheld pay, which it reduced while she was off sick.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th June 2023

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SRA to publish salaries of fined solicitors – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is to publish the salaries of the solicitors it fines and impose ‘default salaries’ on those who refuse to reveal them.’

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Legal Futures, 1st June 2023

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk