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Latest Legal News

Latest Legal News

A casual calculation: holiday pay for irregular workers

Employers will be taking a sharp intake of breath at the recent decision of the Court of Appeal in the case Brazel v The Harpur Trust (UNISON intervening) which addresses how to calculate pay for workers and employees who work irregular hours throughout the year.

The decision

The case concludes that the current practice of paying 12.07% of annualised hours to discharge an employer’s holiday pay obligation, as set out in ACAS guidance, is no longer reliable.

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Whisky galore as Scotland's national drink makes a dramatic return to the capital

Edinburgh’s role in the Scotch whisky story began in 1505, when James IV of Scotland granted the Guild of Surgeon Barbers a monopoly to produce “aqua vitae” – a spirit valued for its medicinal properties – in the city. Distillation in the capital peaked in 1777 with eight licensed (and a suspected 400 unlicensed) stills operating in the city. But when the last remaining distillery at Sciennes Street closed its doors in 1925, it signalled the parting glass for the production of malt whisky in Edinburgh.

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LChalmers

Insurance litigation in Scotland – What can we expect for the second half of 2019?

As we pass the mid-point of 2019, our insurance litigation team reviews what we should look out for in the second half of 2019 and beyond.

New rules on costs and group proceedings

The Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) Scotland Act 2018 has three main objectives: (1) to make the costs of court actions more predictable; (2) increase funding options for the pursuer; and (3) deliver a more streamlined approach to mass litigation through the introduction of group proceedings. 

Possibly the most signifi

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Burness admin