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High Court strikes out law professor’s libel claims

10 January 2022

The High Court has struck out libel claims made by a former Warwick University law professor against two fellow academics, an investigator and a law student.


Fear of catching Covid “not a protected belief”, tribunal rules

23 December 2021

A woman’s fear of catching Covid-19 and need to protect herself and others is not a philosophical belief for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010, a tribunal has ruled.


Judges who ‘sit up’ in higher courts win claim for extra pay

22 December 2021

The Ministry of Justice is facing a new pay-out to judges after an employment tribunal found that salaried judges who ‘sit up’ in higher courts from time to time should be paid more for the work.


Senior CPS barrister was victim of disability discrimination

22 December 2021

The Crown Prosecution Service as admitted discriminating against a disabled senior prosecutor by failing to allow him to work from home or return home early to take medication for a heart condition.


Tribunal rejects solicitor judges’ claims for backpay

2 December 2021

Two solicitors who sought to bring claims against the Ministry of Justice for money owed from when they sat as part-time judges over 14 years ago have had them thrown out due to limitation.


Solicitor who missed “pathway to partnership” targets loses dismissal claim

24 November 2021

A solicitor who failed to meet billing targets under a law firm’s ‘pathway to partnership’ scheme was not unfairly dismissed despite a “bust-up” with one of the partners, a tribunal has ruled.


Law firm ordered to pay £1,000 for employee’s “racist” comment

22 November 2021

A law firm employee has been awarded damages of £1,000 after a colleague targeted him with a discriminatory comment based on his Pakistani heritage.


Law firm fights off wages claim from consultant solicitor

18 November 2021

An employment tribunal has rejected claims for unpaid wages and holiday pay from a solicitor who worked as a consultant at a law firm and it decided was not an employee.


Solicitor sacked over order to move offices wins tribunal claim

9 November 2021

A solicitor has won her claim for wrongful dismissal after being sacked by a law firm for pushing back against a direction to relocate with immediate effect to another office.


EAT rejects paralegal’s appeal over discrimination claim despite tribunal error

20 October 2021

An employment tribunal made a legal error when rejecting a paralegal’s disability discrimination claim but it was not enough to overturn the decision, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled.


Solicitor fails in challenge to ruling over recruitment costs repayment

18 October 2021

A solicitor ordered to repay her firm the cost of recruiting her after she left within a year has failed in a bid to have the decision reconsidered.


Students used by law firm for agency advocacy are ‘workers’

8 October 2021

A Bar student who handled agency advocacy work through a law firm was a worker with certain rights and not self-employed, an employment tribunal has ruled.


Would-be pupil withdraws discrimination claim after tribunal ruling

22 September 2021

An employment tribunal has refused to strike out a claim that a chambers discriminated against a pupillage applicant who had previous dealings with the QC who headed the pupillage committee.


NDAs “cannot be controlled by professional regulators”

15 September 2021

The use of NDAs cannot be effectively controlled by professional regulators like the SRA and legislation is needed, a campaigner for tougher restrictions has told Legal Futures.


Judge accepts “overstretched” solicitor’s excuse for missing deadline

27 August 2021

An employment judge has granted an “overstretched solicitor” more time to respond to an unfair dismissal claim after she missed the deadline.

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Our latest special report, produced in association with Temple Legal Protection, looks at the role of after-the-event (ATE) insurance in commercial litigation post-LASPO.