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Latest Legal News

Latest Legal News

Powering ahead: Reflections on Onshore Wind Week 2018

Last week was Onshore Wind Week 2018, and the positive messages coming from the Scottish Renewables onshore wind conference, as well as the BVGA Associates “The Power of Onshore Wind” report (commissioned by ScottishPower Renewables, Statkraft, Innogy and Vattenfall) are as encouraging for the onshore wind sector as have been heard for some time.

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Pimlico Plumbers v Gary Smith – Spanner in the Works for Contractor Status

Yesterday’s Supreme Court judgment in Pimlico Plumbers v Gary Smith is the latest in a line of cases addressing the increasingly complex issue of employment status. Whilst largely limited to its facts, it does serve as a further reminder to employers that simply labelling individuals “self-employed” or “independent contractors” does not make them so.

Gary Smith was engaged as a plumbing and heating engineer by Pimlico Plumbers. His contract described him as “self-employed”.

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Collaboration of Scottish courts and employment tribunals to protect employment awards before they are made – a ‘new’ way of obtaining interim security in employment disputes

The most recent study of awards from employment tribunals stated that 46% go unpaid in Scotland. That statistic might start to change after a significant new ruling, but could also put many small businesses at financial risk.

In the case of AA v BEIS, a complaint was made by AA, whose tribunal award of £75,000 plus interest was worthless, because, AA argued, there were no mechanisms to protect prospective tribunal awards. 

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