Employment


PDS employee dismissed after work with murderer awarded £100k

23 August 2021

The Public Defender Service has been ordered to pay £100,000 in compensation to an employee unfairly dismissed after suffering PTSD due to her work debriefing a murderer.


Pregnant S&G assistant fired for offensive Facebook posts

9 August 2021

Slater & Gordon dismissed a legal assistant over offensive Facebook posts on Muslims and Jimmy Savile, and not because she was pregnant, an employment tribunal has found.


Law firm’s pupillage offer to tetraplegic student “not a publicity stunt”

2 August 2021

An employment tribunal has firmly rejected a tetraplegic law student’s claim that he was offered a pupillage by a well-known law firm so it could benefit from positive publicity.


Experienced PA wins constructive dismissal claim against law firm

29 July 2021

A litigation PA who worked for a Kent law firm for 25 years has won her claim for constructive unfair dismissal over the “thoughtless and high-handed” way it moved her to the conveyancing department.


Law firm boss avoid costs order after losing whistleblowing claim

12 July 2021

A law firm chief executive who lost his claim that he was fired for making protected disclosures has escaped a costs order even though a tribunal said it had no reasonable prospects of success.


Pregnant trainee fails in claim over no post-qualification job offer

9 July 2021

A solicitor who claimed she was not offered a job after completing her training contract because she was pregnant has lost her discrimination claim in the employment tribunal.


Listed compliance and risk business snaps up another law firm

5 July 2021

Listed company Marlowe has continued the rapid expansion of its employment law business by buying law firm Cater Leydon Millard for £2.25m – its second acquisition in three months.


Compliance failure puts trainee’s discrimination claim in doubt

7 June 2021

A former trainee solicitor has been given a last chance to take forward a disability discrimination claim against international firm Reed Smith, where illness meant his training contract expired.


Paralegal was unfairly dismissed over unpaid wages complaint

11 May 2021

A paralegal who believed she was a trainee solicitor was unfairly dismissed by her law firm employer because she complained about an unauthorised deduction of wages, a tribunal has found.


Tribunal throws out employment lawyer’s disability discrimination claim

10 May 2021

An employment lawyer who appeared at tribunals during a time he said he was “pretty constantly bed bound” due to a back injury has had his disability discrimination claim rejected.


Partner fired for ‘topping up’ fees fairly dismissed, Court of Appeal rules

7 May 2021

The Court of Appeal has reinstated the ruling of an employment tribunal that a law firm was entitled to fire a partner accused of ‘topping up’ legal aid fees with cash from a client’s father.


EAT upholds ‘worker’ status for barrister tribunal chair

6 May 2021

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has upheld a ruling that a barrister who sat as a tribunal chair for the Nursing and Midwifery Council was a ‘worker’ and entitled to sickness and holiday pay.


Entrepreneur with “strong views on breastfeeding” unfairly dismissed lawyer

5 May 2021

A Russian entrepreneur based in the UK with “strong views on the importance of breastfeeding” unfairly dismissed a lawyer after she took maternity leave, an employment tribunal has ruled.


Immigration and civil litigation hit hardest by Covid-19

5 May 2021

Immigration and civil litigation were the two areas of legal practice hit hardest by the pandemic last year, with private client and family law “insulated” from the impact, new research has found.


S&G lawyer wins unfair dismissal claim – but no damages

4 May 2021

A senior costs specialist at Slater & Gordon has won a claim for unfair dismissal on one ground but an employment tribunal decided it would not be just to award him damages.

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