Discrimination

Discrimination with a limited company as the victim A fascinating development in terms of the Equality Act has been published by the Appeal Tribunal. In short, a partner gave up his partnership and instead made a limited company a partner in the partnership. He did this for tax reasons, supplying his services through the limited company. In short, the limited company became a partner. When he was 62, the partnership tried to retire him by ejecting the limited company and he brought a claim through the limited company for age discrimination. The partnership argued that they could not discriminate against a limited company. The Tribunal disagreed. So, it is possible to discriminate against a limited company because of the protected characteristic of one of its main shareholders/directors. The implications of this could significant, not only for people supplying their services through a vehicle such as a limited company, but also where companies fail to get contracts or engagement because of a protected characteristic such as race, gender, age or disability. Read the case for yourself at the following link: http://www.bailii.org/uk/cases/UKEAT/2015/0054_15_0506.html   Back to legal updates...

National Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage Increase this week As of this coming Thursday (1st October) the National Minimum Wage increases for adults from £6.50 to £6.70 per hour. For 18-20 year olds it goes up to £5.30, for 16-17 year olds it goes up to £3.87 and the apprentice rate will be £3.30.   Government guide to the National Minimum Wage can me found at Gov.UK     Back to legal...

Sherbornes Solicitors Named UK Top Rated

SHERBORNES SOLICITORS NAMED UK TOP RATED  Everyone loves to support local success stories so we’re proud to let you know that Darren Sherborne from Sherbornes Solicitors has been named as UK Top Rated! Darren qualified as Top Rated as a result of all the glowing reviews written by our clients on VouchedFor.co.uk, the leading review site for professionals. Darren will appear in the guide in The Mail on Sunday on 27th September. In the meantime, you can read all of the great client reviews on VouchedFor.co.uk.   Back to legal...

Consumer Rights Act Guidance

Do you sell to individual consumers? – Consumer Rights Act Guidance The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) have published a great summary of the key elements of the Consumer Rights Act 2015. It is not meant be a comprehensive guide to the new Act, but it is a very good general overview, focusing on the most common issues. The summary can be downloaded and edited in Word format so that businesses can tailor the wording to their own business, in order to assist their staff and customers. The guidance also covers the new law that requires businesses to provide certain information about Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR) to consumers. BIS has also published a checklist for the Consumer Rights Act 2015 to help businesses to be sure they are ready for 1 October. Even if your business doesn’t sell to individual consumers, the guidance is quite useful to understand your rights when you are buying goods and services as a consumer. Both the summary and checklist can be accessed by clicking on the link below. http://www.businesscompanion.info/en/news-and-updates/consumer-rights-act   Back to legal...

Gloucester Rugby Announced Sherbornes Solicitors as Official Legal Partner

Gloucester Rugby Announced Sherbornes Solicitors as Official Legal Partner & Appointed Solicitor Sherbornes Solicitors have been assign as the club’s Official Legal Partner. Under the arrangement, Sherbornes will provide legal advice to Gloucester Rugby on a wide range of legal matters from employment to business law. Gloucester Rugby’s Chief Executive Stephen Vaughan said: “We are delighted to have signed Sherbornes as the Club’s Official Legal Partner.     Full press release can be find at www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk Back to legal...