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ACAS Report demonstrates effectiveness of Early Concilliation process

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ACAS has recently published their annual report which confirms that the number of Early Conciliation cases has risen by 20% since last year, with just over a quarter of those cases going to the Employment Tribunal.  This report clearly demonstrates that...

Watkins Solicitors challenge cutbacks to SEN in Cornwall

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The Administrative Court in Cardiff has permitted a final hearing of Judicial Review proceedings to challenge the cutback of education for young people with special educational needs in Cornwall. 

Covert Recordings

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Can you discipline an employee for making a covert recording? The simple answer is yes! In the recent case of Phoenix House Limited v Stockman heard by the Employment Appeal Tribunal, it was confirmed that it is best practice for both employers and...

Concerns over school provision leading to rise in home education

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The government recently held a consultation on home education, due to a growing increase in the number (estimated 57,600) of children and young people being educated at home. However, in its conclusion of the consultation response, the government does not...

10 things you should know at an Employment Tribunal

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1. What are Employment Tribunals?  Employment Tribunals are independent judicial bodies who resolve disputes between employers and employees over employment rights. They will hear claims such as unfair dismissal, breach of contract, discrimination,...

Shared Parental Leave

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Does it amount to discrimination if an employer enhances maternity pay but does not enhance pay for those taking shared parental leave?   No, held the Court of Appeal in the case of Capita v Ali and Hextall v Chief Constable of Leicestershire...

Ever seen what a judgment from the High Court looks like?

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Dr Keith Lomax, our Judicial Review Specialist, successfully brought proceedings against a local council in Huddersfield on behalf of his client, whose allotments were being seized. The National Allotments Society tried to join the proceedings, which they...

The Autism Act 2009 and 10 years on

Emma Grimbly
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The Autism Act 2009 was designed to bring about changes in the way adults with autism were treated by local authorities and NHS organisations. It is the only condition-specific legislation of its type in England and although references adults, has been...

Parents successful in bid to challenge Wiltshire Council's plans to close local special schools

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Families in Wiltshire have been successful in their bid to challenge the Council’s proposals to close down three schools for children with complex needs and disabilities. Dr Keith Lomax of Watkins Solicitors in Bristol & Bath , who...

SEND Tribunal Update

Emma Grimbly
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The Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal This Tribunal hears appeals about EHC needs assessments and EHC Plans as well as claims of disability discrimination. The number of appeals is on the rise; between 2018 and 2019 the Tribunal has seen...

Cornwall Council's failure to provide education - Ombudsman investigation

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A report published this week by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman in response to a complaint against Cornwall Council, highlights three key areas that we find are repeated failings throughout the country.   The Ombudsman identified that...

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