EAT rules time extensions may be permitted if a grievance has caused a delay in issuing proceedings

In a recent case the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that a Tribunal can allow for an extension of time for claimants bringing discrimination claims, where they have waited to issue proceedings while pursuing a grievance. In the recent case of Wells Cathedral v Souter 2021, the claimants, two renowned classical musicians formally employed at […]

Compulsory ADR – a cultural shift in civil litigation?

In her recent article for the Solicitors Journal,  partner Paula Kumar discuss whether alternative dispute resolution (ADR) should be compulsory in civil litigation cases. In the summer of 2021, the Civil Justice Council published a report which concluded it may be desirable for ADR to be compulsory in civil litigation cases. While there have been […]

Business protection from current and former employees

In an article for London Business Matters, the official publication of London’s Chamber of Commerce, Jonathan Mansfield discusses steps employers can take to protect their business from ex-employees. An important challenge for employers is how to protect the business from former employees. While working for the firm, employees may acquire knowledge of confidential information of […]

Season’s greetings & a year in review

As the end of 2021 approaches, we want to say thank you to our clients, contacts, colleagues, families and friends for their support over the last 12 months. It’s been another challenging year as the pandemic continues to run its course, but we want to share some of the positive news and exciting innovations which […]

Thomas Mansfield Solicitors welcomes new lawyer to employment team

Specialist law firm Thomas Mansfield Solicitors has welcomed a new lawyer with a background in education to its rapidly expanding employment team. Joanne Leach joins the employment team as a solicitor, having qualified with multinational law firm Lawrence Graham LLP. Joanne also ran her own successful tuition and education consultancy business, preparing children for demanding school […]

How can employers make a real difference during the menopause?

As the effects of the menopause become more widely recognised and understood, pressure is increasing on employers to do more to support their employees. The Countess of Wessex recently spoke out, backing the Wellbeing of Women charity’s campaign to get employers to better support women going through the menopause: ‘We cannot let anybody leave the […]

What are the implications of the latest flexible working proposals?

In her article for People Management, Kate Brown explains the plethora of issues up for review in the government’s consultation on flexible working rights. Nearly 20 years have passed since the right to request flexible working was introduced in the UK. Initially, it was only available to parents and some other types of carers. Over […]

How whistleblowers can fall short of protection

In light of a recent tribunal, Neill Thomas highlights the importance of employers dealing with any issues about a relevant failure properly. In A McDermott v Sellafield Ltd and others, the tribunal found that Alison McDermott hadn’t established a protected disclosure or the doing of a protected act. Nor had she established a causal link between […]

How to avoid reduced pay and benefits impacting staff engagement

At the beginning of October, British Airways announced plans to rehire some 3,000 employees after cutting around 10,000 jobs in the peak of the COVID pandemic last year. The airline has been heavily criticised in the press for re-engaging staff on less favourable terms, including reduced pay and benefits. This rehire is said to include […]