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Workers also get protection from suffering a detriment on health and safety grounds including the right to be provided with PPE!

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Workers (not just employees) should also get protection from suffering a detriment on health and safety grounds including the right to be provided with personal protective equipment (“PPE”) held the High Court in the case of The Independent...

New rules on ACAS Early Conciliation

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New rules on ACAS Early Conciliation come into force today. There is now a six-week window to undertake this process (rather than a one-month process, with a possible extension of a further two weeks).  This means you get a six-week window to try and...

7 pitfalls to avoid when making redundancies

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As the Chancellor’s coronavirus job retention scheme enters its final phase and the prospect of a return to normal business seems distant for many companies, employers are having to contemplate redundancies if they are to keep their business...

Latest Furlough Guidance for Employers

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The Government have now released guidance for the extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme which essentially highlights that employers: Can claim 80% of an employee’s usual salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month; ...

Beverley Watkins featured in Law Society Gazette

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Managing Partner Beverley Watkins features in the latest edition of the Law Society Gazette, where she discusses representing three families in a test case in the Court of Appeal that could significantly impact on local authority procedures for children with...

Watkins Solicitors granted permission to appeal on behalf of 3 children with SEND

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Watkins Solicitors have successfully been granted permission to appeal in the Court of Appeal on behalf of 3 children with SEND in a judicial review that could significantly impact on local authority procedures for children with EHCP’s. The claims...

How Covid-19 could affect your property transaction

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We are aware of the media attention surrounding Covid-19 and whether it will impact on your conveyancing transaction. We are doing all that we can to ensure that we keep things moving along as smoothly as possible. The Law Society has issued a press...

What to do if you are an Executor or Administrator

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Have you recently been appointed as an Executor in a Will for a person who has died? Or has a relative died without making a Will and you wish to be the Administrator? If that is the case, you may not be entirely sure of what an Executor or an ...

What is a PLO or PPM Meeting?

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A PLO (Public law outline meeting) or PPM (Pre-Proceedings Meeting) is a meeting called by the Local Authority when they have concerns surrounding your care of your child/children. The meeting is an opportunity for the Local Authority to make you aware...

Why living near to a church could cost you thousands; and why you should check for chancel repair liability

Zakeia Ali
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Chancel repair liability is the requirement for some homeowners to pay towards the cost of repairs to the chancel of a nearby church which can be expensive. If the property you are proposing to buy falls within boundaries of a parish, you can be held...

Huge win today for young people with autism in Cornwall against cuts to education funding

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A Judicial Review against funding cuts by Cornwall Council to college education for autistic young people concluded today, 11 December 2019, with a huge success. Full course funding has been restored, not merely for the September 2019 cohort but for...

Can you discipline staff members or even dismiss them for having a workplace relationship?

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On Monday it was confirmed that McDonald’s Chief Executive (Steve Easterbrook) had been dismissed for violating company policy because he had “demonstrated poor judgement involving a recent consensual relationship with an employee”. So, is...

BBC News interviews Beverly Watkins following successful tribunal ruling for her client against Bristol City Council

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Beverley Watkins appeared in an article published by BBC News yesterday, following a Special Needs and Disability Tribunal ruling in favour of her client, Nura Aabe and her severely autistic son Zak, against Bristol City Council. Asked for her reaction,...

Parliament Committee Report details key concerns with Children and Families Bill

Emma Grimbly
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Wednesday marked a vital step forward in ensuring the needs of children with Special Educational Needs are met. The first report published by the Education Committee on 23 October 2019, details key concerns regarding the implementation and funding of...

Beverley Watkins speaks at Developmental Language Disorder Unpacked

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Beverley Watkins, our Education Law Specialist, will be speaking at Developmental Language Disorder Unpacked, a workshop for parents of children with Developmental Language Disorder. The event takes place in Bath on 16 th October and is being run by...

Do you have the right to time off work when a family member or a pet dies?

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In recent news, Emma McNulty (18) was sacked from her job for taking a day off work when her beloved family dog sadly died. This has caused much discussion in the media about the right to time off work, particularly when suffering a bereavement. So do you...

BBC News covers our client's legal action against City of Bristol College

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Our client Nura Aabe and her son Zak are the subjects of a BBC News article following Nura’s decision to take legal action against the City of Bristol College, who used Zak’s appearance in a BBC documentary earlier this year to assess him for a...

Is Brexit affecting the Property Market?

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There are concerns as to whether the ongoing uncertainty of Brexit is impacting on the property market in the UK.  Simon David, Law Society of England and Wales President commented: “According to our estimates, the volume of work in legal...

Give your child the best gift in your Will... the gift of certainty by appointing a guardian

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Take a step back and put yourself into the shoes of your child. What stage of life is your child at? What is their personality like? What do they like doing? What do they not like doing? What is their favourite colour? What foods do...

Parent fined for daughter not taking part in end-of-term activities

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Magna Academy in Poole has been in the news today over the fining of a parent who refused to send her daughter to school to take part in two activity days at the end of the term. The regular timetable was suspended and replaced with the activities, some of...

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