Asleep with one eye wide open

Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic has opened our eyes to the hard work and dedication of care workers across the country, it seems that the law hasn’t quite caught up. On 19 March 2021, the Supreme Court handed down its long-awaited judgement in Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake and Shannon v Rampersad and another (t/a Clifton […]

Supreme Court rules sleep-in care workers get minimum wage only when awake

The Supreme Court ruled this morning on the landmark case of Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake and John Shannon v Jaikishan and Prithee Rampersad (Trading as Clifton House Residential Home) UK SC 2018/0161. The case is about whether some of the lowest paid care workers in the country should be entitled to the National Minimum […]

Supreme Court’s Ruling On Uber Drivers

On 19 February, the Supreme Court upheld the lower courts’ decisions that Uber drivers were workers. The company now faces the prospect of making retrospective payments to its workers. Moreover, the ramifications of this ruling are likely to extend to other businesses that operate in a similar way. According to the law firm representing more […]

Stale equal opportunities training

A “relatively small” employer in the case of Allay (UK) Limited v Mr Gehlen has lost out on the chance to use a type of “get out of jail free card” in the form of the “reasonable steps defence” to a race harassment claim because its equal opportunities training provided to its employees was “stale”. […]

Vaccines at work

The arrival of Covid vaccines brought huge hope that the dreadful effects of the pandemic would soon be curtailed. And, if the widely shared footage is anything to go by, those who have had their jabs have been buoyed by the protection. But not everyone is keen to be vaccinated. Whether they are part of […]

Preparing for a new way of working after Covid

Neill Thomas, co-founding partner of Thomas Mansfield Solicitors has featured in People Management talking about the options and risks for employers who consider adopting a more flexible working structure when the lockdown is lifted. For those employers who will want their employees to return to full-time working in the office, how difficult will it be […]

Thomas Mansfield secures one of the most significant judgments on costs in 20 years

For the first time in almost 20 years, the Court of Appeal clearly sets out who should pay the costs when an interim injunction is granted. This significant judgment was secured by the specialist law firm Thomas Mansfield Solicitors in a bitter private equity partnership dispute between Melford Capital Partners (Holdings) LLP and Others and […]

2020 Update

2020 has been quite a remarkable year, and some might say for all the wrong reasons. If someone had said to business owners last year that by March 2020, offices would be closed across the country, the vast majority of staff working from home, and thousands of others receiving assistance from the government for not […]

Reviewing Workplace Legalities As Second Lockdown Begins

Meredith Hurst, partner in the employment law department, reviews workplace legalities in his guest feature for WealthBriefing, a leading information source for the global wealth management sector. He updates businesses on the Job Support Scheme while lamenting that requests for advice about collective redundancy are still on the rise. It is not all doom and […]