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Guide to private company sales and acquisitions

For many of the individuals involved, a sale or acquisition is likely to be a one-off or rare event. This guide covers issues of interest to both buyers and sellers, including the structure of the arrangement, its process and some of the key documents involved. Structuring the sale and purchase Should we

No fault divorce – who’s to blame?

The case of Owens v Owens has been of great public interest recently, with lots of media coverage. It is, in many ways, a very ordinary case with relatively ordinary facts. The couple were married in 1978, set up home, had children then separated in 2015. What is exceptional, however, is the

Covert surveillance

In a recent case, it was held that the covert surveillance of employees by their employer, who set up CCTV cameras to monitor suspected thefts, was an infringement of those employee’s rights to privacy. Employers looking to monitor the conduct of their employees - particularly those using covert recording -

Abolition of tribunal fees

The Ministry of Justice has published the first tribunal quarterly statistics since the abolition of tribunal fees for the period July-September 2017. Employment Tribunal (ET) fees were held to be unlawful by the Supreme Court on 26 July 2017, as previously reported. The latest statistics show: An increase of 64% in

Data protection

The supermarket chain, Morrisons, has been found to be vicariously liable for the actions of a senior IT auditor who posted on a file-sharing website the payroll data of around 100,000 employees, including their names, dates of birth, addresses, national insurance numbers, bank sort codes and account numbers. In a class

White lies

Many of us have told a white lie or two at some stage - a fib designed to spare someone’s feelings. However, in the case of Rawlinson v Brightside Group Ltd the lie tied the employer in knots and eventually led to a successful constructive dismissal claim. Mr Rawlinson was employed

Voluntary overtime must be included in holiday pay

The question of “normal pay” is one that employers have grappled with for some time, especially when it comes to working out what staff should be paid for their holidays. For people on a fixed annual salary, the answer is easy - a week’s holiday pay equals how much a

Auto enrolment

A company in Oldham has become the first to be prosecuted for not auto-enroling its staff into a workplace pension scheme. All UK employers have to put workers meeting certain criteria into a workplace pension scheme and pay minimum employer pension contributions. This is called ‘automatic enrolment’ because the employer has

Employee imprisoned for breaching Court Order

In OCS Group UK Ltd v Dad and Others, a former employee of OCS was imprisoned for breach of an injunction. Mr D. was employed by OCS. Following a TUPE transfer, Mr D sent confidential information to his private email. OCS obtained an interim injunction prohibiting Mr D. from further

Vicarious Liability

In Various Claimants v Barclays Bank PLC, the 126 Claimants were applicants for employment or employees of the Bank and alleged that they had been sexually assaulted by a doctor who was carrying out a medical assessment and examination on behalf of the Bank. A preliminary issue arose as to whether