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Latest Legal News

Latest Legal News

Supreme Court rules employers liable for “hidden” reasons for dismissal

On Wednesday 27th November, the UK Supreme Court handed down its eagerly awaited judgement in Royal Mail Group Ltd v Jhuti – a case in which the Court determined that in a claim for unfair dismissal, the employer can be liable for the real reason for dismissal hidden by the employee’s line manager, regardless of the decision maker’s lack of knowledge of the real reason.  

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Whether it’s algebra or shipping law – always double check the little details

Waiting on our food at our Italian-American diner of choice, my son’s attention turned to the entertainment on his placemat. The dot-to-dot and spot the difference passing without incident, he enlisted my help with the maths challenge. The problem was as follows:

X + X + X = 30
X + Y + Y = 20
Y + X + X + Z + Z = 29
X + Y x Z = ?

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New Penalty Surcharge: Safety Fines to Increase by 7.5% in Scotland

Regulations coming into force in Scotland on 25 November 2019 will require convicted offenders including organisations, who receive a court fine, to contribute towards the cost of supporting victims of crime by paying an additional financial penalty into the Victim Surcharge Fund (“the Fund”). 

The surcharge will be applied automatically at the time of sentencing and is linked to the level of fine imposed. The minimum surcharge is £10 (for fines up to £200) but for larger penalties (fines over £10,000) the surcharge is a fixed 7.5%.

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