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Can UK employers claim the furlough grant while employees are on notice? Clarity is required.

Notice Pay during Furlough Leave The latest Treasury Direction for the furlough scheme, updated on 26 June 2020, could modify the effect of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. New wording at paragraph 2.2 may be interpreted to suggest that notice pay cannot be claimed through the scheme. With retrospective application, employers require clarification from HMRC […]


Turning principle into practice

Roger Pearson reports on a ruling over classification societies which could impact shipping law A recent House of Lords decision on classification societies and their legal liability has pushed the subject to the top of agenda in shipping and commercial circles. The ruling came on a preliminary issue over classification society liability which had never […]

Bexley's £35,000 tab for BNP case

BEXLEY Council will foot the £35,000 bill for its legal action to enforce planning restrictions at the headquarters of the far-right British National Party. The council’s case was presented at the inquiry by John Howell QC, instructed by the council’s chief solicitor Leyland Birch, and his number two, principal solicitor Bob Posner. A council spokesman […]

Come to terms with law's new face

Get used to change, says Tony Holland – young lawyers and other professions have So the vote is over. The shouting has died down, and just over one in five of our profession has installed Martin Mears and Robert Sayer in Chancery Lane to lead us onward and, hopefully, upward. I am younger than Mears […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 01/08/95

– JOHN BARRY SIMON MCKAY, 48, admitted 1975, practising at material time as Simon McKay, Ongar, Essex, fined £1,500. No order made as to costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew and utilised client money and fail

Inland Revenue appeal

Inland Revenue appeal – The House of Lords is considering whether to allow an appeal by the Commissioners of the Inland Revenue which will entail a probe into the provisions of Chapter III (Transfer of Assets Abroad) of part XVII (Tax Avoidance) of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988. The question raised is whether […]

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