Gary Lineker caught in IR35 offside trap

While we sit back and enjoy the football, one of the latest twists in the IR35 saga has arisen. Fittingly, it relates former star player and TV presenter, Gary Lineker. HMRC have been pursuing him for an eye watering £4.9 million in respect of Income Tax and National Insurance they claim he owes.  This is […]

Thomas Mansfield Solicitors launches Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice

We are excited to announce that we have extended our range of services with the recruitment of new partner, Paula Kumar, the former head of Dispute Resolution and Employment at Ignition Law, a leading law firm focused on start-ups, scale-ups and entrepreneurs. Thomas Mansfield Solicitors has grown steadily since it was set up in 2004 […]

Top five tips for avoiding social media disciplinaries and dismissals

According to, there were 53 million social media users in the UK as at January 2021 and the number of social media users increased by 2.3 million between 2020 and 2021. Most of us are using it but the use of social media in the workplace can be a minefield. We see problems at […]

Can ‘fire and rehire’ be fair?

“Accept these worse terms or lose your job.” That is the crux of ‘fire and rehire’ – the strategy that some employers have turned to in recent months. In isolation and out of context, it’s an unpalatable concept. In fact, ‘fire and rehire’ has been labelled by one trade union as ‘a dirty, bullying tactic […]

Will “no jab” really mean “no job”?

As we are all aware the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine started early 2021. The big question was, whether the vaccination should be made compulsory for employees in certain job roles. Currently the vaccination timeline is that, every adult will be offered the COVID-19 vaccine by 31 July 2021. Interestingly, there is currently no legal […]

Cutting the cost of workplace disputes

Not only do workplace disputes result in unhappy and unproductive employees, they also take up management time and can lead to high staff turnover and the possibility of tribunal claims if not handled well. The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, better known as ACAS, has recently commissioned a study into the cost of conflicts in […]

Unequal impact? Coronavirus and the gendered economic impact

In February, the Women and Equalities Committee published their report on the gendered economic impact of Covid-19. The report addressed areas such as the labour market, young people, pregnancy and maternity discrimination and childcare, as well as the extent to which gender equality has been embedded into policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps unsurprisingly, […]

How the allocation of employees under TUPE could affect employers

The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE) is a vexed subject, which has had business owners and lawyers scratching their heads since the 1980s when the UK implemented the European Transfer of Undertakings Directive. Alas, the scratching of heads will only continue following the decision in McTear Contracts Limited v Bennett and Others. […]

Has the WFH bubble burst?

Six months or so ago, there were predictions of widespread downsizing in commercial property. Businesses that had always seen the office as the beating heart of their operation would move towards a model built around remote working and greater flexibility for employees. Business premises would become a fraction of their former size, or obsolete. That’s […]