Judicial Assessment – A Mixed Bag

This week has seen new  Presidential Guidance issued in respect of ‘Judicial Assessment’.   In summary, judicial assessment is an Employment Judge providing the parties with an impartial and confidential assessment by an Employment Judge at an early stage in the proceedings of the strengths, weaknesses and risks of the parties respective claims, allegations and [...]

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Taxation and the Termination of Employment

  I have recently prepared and delivered a talk on taxation and how it relates to payments made in respect of termination of employment under the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003. This is an area which has increasingly become a necessary part of everyday knowledge for practitioners and businesses. For my part, I [...]

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Restraint of Trade Clauses

The headline of the press release is  “Government pledges to act on employment rules that could be stifling British innovation”. Whenever I see such a headline emanating from a government department, my heart sinks. The indication is that something must be done, irrespective of whether ‘something’ is a good idea. This has become a familiar [...]

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The Truth About Zero Hour Contracts

  Introduction I was intending to write a blog post about the election and employment law, but the announcement this morning by Labour of its plans in relation to such contracts has prompted this post. My Personal Perspective I write this post from the perspective of someone who represents employees on zero hours contracts trying [...]

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Lock v British Gas – Holiday Pay & Commission

The first instance Judgment in Lock v British Gas is now available. The Employment Tribunal held that a worker with normal working hours whose remuneration included commission shall be deemed to have remuneration which varies for the purpose of s.221 ERA 1996. An appeal is expected. This is important as whilst the Bear Scotland Judgment [...]

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  • About Jamie

    I am a barrister practising from Trinity Chambers in Newcastle upon Tyne. I specialise exclusively in employment and discrimination law, accepting instructions on behalf of employees and employers. I also provide training on a wide range of employment related topics.
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