Employment UK

  • July 03, 2024

    M&G Lands £309M Pension Deal For Machinery Co.

    A subsidiary of finance and insurance company M&G PLC has taken on £309 million ($394.3 million) worth of pension liabilities from a scheme sponsored by machinery manufacturer NSK, in a deal guided by Shoosmiths, CMS and Hogan Lovells.

  • July 03, 2024

    PIC Seals £1.2B 2nd TotalEnergies UK Pension Plan Buy-in

    Pension Insurance Corporation PLC on Wednesday concluded a £1.2 billion ($1.5 billion) second buy-in with the trustee of TotalEnergies UK Pension Plan, a deal considered the largest completed pension scheme buy-in thus far this year, according to an announcement by PIC.

  • July 03, 2024

    Brown & Brown Unit Buys Employee Benefits Firm Advo

    Brown & Brown (Europe) Ltd. said Wednesday that one of its subsidiaries has acquired employee benefits intermediary Advo Group Ltd., in a deal guided by Birketts LLP and DMH Stallard, for an undisclosed fee.

  • July 02, 2024

    Construction Boss' Choice To Cut His Salary Kills Benefits Bid

    A director has failed to sway an employment tribunal that he was an employee of a now-defunct construction company, because his decision to cut his salary meant he wasn't earning enough to qualify as one.

  • July 02, 2024

    Ex-Bird & Bird Pro Fights To Toss Sexual Misconduct Case

    A former Bird & Bird LLP partner asked the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal on Tuesday to throw out allegations of sexual misconduct toward two junior female colleagues, arguing that the sector's watchdog was prosecuting him after "egregious" delays and an "inadequate" investigation.

  • July 02, 2024

    Textile Biz Sues Workers For Poaching Premier League Clients

    A textile company with ties to several Premier League football clubs is suing two of its former employees after they committed "flagrant" breach of their duties by allegedly misusing trade secrets, copying designs and poaching clients when setting up their new company.

  • July 02, 2024

    Just Group Lands £260M Aviation Co. Pension Deal

    Insurer Just Group on Tuesday announced it has taken on £260 million ($328.7 million) worth of pension liabilities from a retirement savings plan sponsored by aviation company John Menzies Ltd., in a deal guided by Brodies LLP and Gowling WLG.

  • July 02, 2024

    HSBC Beats Former Risk Chief's Race Bias Case

    HSBC has dodged claims of discrimination and unfair dismissal from a former financial risk chief after the High Street bank proved that it let him go because his role had become redundant, convincing a tribunal that race played no part in the decision.

  • July 01, 2024

    Solicitor's COVID Letters Had 'No Legal Merit,' SRA Says

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority accused a solicitor at a London tribunal Monday of wrongly sending threatening legal letters to bodies for his clients who refused the COVID-19 vaccine, saying the letters had "no legal merit."

  • July 01, 2024

    Union Fights For Damages At UK Top Court In Dues Case

    A public services union took its bid for damages to the U.K.'s top court Monday, arguing that unions as well as employees should be awarded compensation after the government stopped deducting membership fees from civil servants' pay.

  • July 01, 2024

    Pilots Fight TUI Over Changed Income Protection Scheme

    A group of airline pilots launched their fight against TUI Airways Ltd. on Monday over allegations that the carrier breached their contracts by slashing its income protection policy for pilots who have to stop flying for health reasons.

  • July 01, 2024

    Accountant Loses Employee Status Bid In Partnership Fight

    A tax accountant has failed to convince an appeals tribunal that he was an employee at the time of his dismissal, because despite a "shambolic" transition and lack of a written agreement, the genuine intention was to promote him to partner.

  • July 01, 2024

    Company Director Accused Of Funds' Use For Own Expenses

    A supply chain company is suing a former director and his wife for over £2 million ($2.5 million), alleging he authorized company payments toward hotels in Dubai, a London private members club and his daughter's tuition fees for his family's benefit.

  • July 01, 2024

    Royal London Completes Aegon Protection Book Transfer

    Mutual life insurance giant Royal London said Monday it has completed the transfer of 400,000 protection customers from rival insurer Aegon UK.

  • July 01, 2024

    UK Lifeboat Scheme Says Pension Transfer Firm In Default

    The Financial Services Compensation Scheme confirmed Monday it has declared pension adviser MacInnes & Bottomley as unable to pay claims.

  • July 01, 2024

    Osborne Clarke Guides Aviva's School Pension Deal

    Insurance giant Aviva has completed a full scheme buy-in for a pension plan sponsored by Taunton School, consultancy Broadstone said Monday, in a deal guided by Osborne Clarke LLP.

  • June 28, 2024

    Christian Worker With Anti-LGBT Views Partly Wins Bias Case

    A Christian social worker has partially won his religious discrimination claim against the health support charity that rescinded his job offer after an internet search revealed his views on homosexuality, but lost his other bias and harassment claims.

  • June 28, 2024

    EU Insurance Watchdog Warns Of Real Estate Risk Exposure

    The European pensions and insurance industries are increasingly exposed to the possibility of a real estate collapse, the sector watchdog warned in a newly published report into the financial stability for the region.

  • June 28, 2024

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week in London has seen Uber hit with claims from Addison Lee and the former CEO of the Kabbee app, animal by-product company Leo Group file a defamation claim against a local anti-odor campaigner, and a self-styled lord who claims to be the illegitimate son of the late Prince Phillip resume legal action against his cousins for a share in his late aunt's estate. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 28, 2024

    Lawyer Loses Age Bias Claim Against Council

    A lawyer in her 60s failed to prove that she was discriminated against because of her age after she was treated differently from a younger colleague over similar sickness absences, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • June 28, 2024

    Onepoint Seeks To Exit Atos After Failed Restructure Talks

    Onepoint is looking to exit its 11.4% holding in French IT consultancy Atos after the anchor investor pulled out of plans to help restructure the company's €4.8 billion ($5.1 billion) debt burden.

  • June 27, 2024

    NCA Must Reconsider Uyghur Chinese Cotton Probe

    The U.K.'s National Crime Agency must reconsider its decision refusing to launch a broad investigation into imported cotton produced by the forced labor of Uyghur people in China, a London appellate court ruled Thursday in a first-of-its-kind decision that could disrupt retail supply chains.

  • June 27, 2024

    Xeinadin Sues Ex-Director, Wife Over Breach Of Duties

    Xeinadin has sued the former director of an accountancy firm it acquired and his wife for more than £1 million ($1.2 million) it claims it is owed from the deal to buy their stake in the firm after it sacked him amid allegations of fraud.

  • June 27, 2024

    Saleswoman Wins Claim Rejecting Work-From-Home Ask

    A saleswoman has been awarded £2,771 ($3,430) compensation over a rejected hybrid work request, after an employment tribunal ruled that her bosses should have dealt with her query and the appeal process differently.

  • June 27, 2024

    Translator Agency For MOJ Allegedly Misclassifying Workers

    A translator agency that provides services to the Ministry of Justice and holds a £15 million ($18 million) government contract is allegedly misclassifying its interpreters and denying them workers' rights, according to Leigh Day.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    UK Whistleblowers Flock To The US For Good Reason

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    The U.K. Serious Fraud Office director recently brought renewed attention to the differences between the U.K. and U.S. whistleblower regimes — differences that may make reporting to U.S. agencies a better and safer option for U.K. whistleblowers, and show why U.K. whistleblower laws need to be improved, say Benjamin Calitri and Kate Reeves at Kohn Kohn.

  • No-Poach Agreements Face Greater EU Antitrust Scrutiny

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    EU competition authorities are increasingly viewing employer no-poach agreements as anti-competitive and an enforcement priority, demonstrating that such provisions are no longer without risk in Europe, and proving the importance of understanding EU antitrust law concerns and implications, says Robert Hardy at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Water Special Administration Changes May Affect Creditors

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    Following the publication of new legislation, changes are afoot to the U.K. government's statutory regime governing special administrations for regulated water companies — and one consequence may be that some creditors of such companies will find themselves in a more uncertain position, say Helena Clarke and Charlotte Møller at Squire Patton.

  • Opinion

    Labour Should Reconsider Its Discrimination Law Plans

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    While the Labour Party's recent proposals allowing equal pay claims based on ethnicity and disability, and introducing dual discrimination, have laudable intentions and bring some advantages, they are not the right path forward as the changes complicate the discrimination claim process for employees, say Colin Leckey and Tarun Tawakley at Lewis Silkin.

  • Tracing The History Of LGBTQ+ Rights In The Workplace

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    Pride History month is a timely reminder of how recent developments have shaped LGBTQ+ employees' rights in the workplace today, and what employers can do to ensure that employees are protected from discrimination, including creating safe workplace cultures and promoting allyship, say Caitlin Farrar and Jessica Bennett at Farrer.

  • Ruling In FCA Case Offers Tips On Flexible Work Requests

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    In Wilson v. Financial Conduct Authority, the Employment Tribunal recently found that the regulator's rejection of a remote work request was justified, highlighting for employers factors that affect flexible work request outcomes, while emphasizing that individual inquiries should be considered on the specific facts, say Frances Rollin, Ella Tunnell and Kerry Garcia at Stevens & Bolton.

  • Breaking Down The New UK Pension Funding Regs

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    Recently published U.K. pension regulations, proposing major changes to funding and investing in defined benefit pension schemes, raise implementation considerations for trustees, including the importance of the employer covenant, say Charles Magoffin and Elizabeth Bullock at Freshfields.

  • Pension Scheme Ruling Elucidates Conversion Issues

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    In Newell Trustees v. Newell Rubbermaid UK Services, the High Court recently upheld a pension plan's conversion of final salary benefits to money purchase benefits, a welcome conclusion that considered several notable issues, such as how to construe pension deeds and when contracts made outside scheme rules can determine benefits, say Ian Gordon and Jamie Barnett at Gowling.

  • Workplace Bullying Bill Implications For Employers And Execs

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    In light of the upcoming parliamentary debate on the Bullying and Respect at Work Bill, organizations should consider how a statutory definition of "workplace bullying" could increase employee complaints and how senior executives would be implicated if the bill becomes law, says Sophie Rothwell at Charles Russell.

  • Amazon's €32M Data Protection Fine Acts As Employer Caveat

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    The recent decision by French data privacy regulator CNIL to fine Amazon for excessive surveillance of its workers opens up a raft of potential employment law, data protection and breach of contract issues, and offers a clear warning that companies need coherent justification for monitoring employees, say Robert Smedley and William Richmond-Coggan at Freeths.

  • Employers Can 'Waive' Goodbye To Unknown Future Claims

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    The Scottish Court of Session's recent decision in Bathgate v. Technip Singapore, holding that unknown future claims in a qualifying settlement agreement can be waived, offers employers the possibility of achieving a clean break when terminating employees and provides practitioners with much-needed guidance on how future cases might be dealt with in court, says Natasha Nichols at Farrer & Co.

  • Why Investment In Battery Supply Chain Is Important For UK

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    The recently published U.K. battery strategy sets out the government’s vision for a globally competitive battery supply chain, and it is critical that the U.K. secures investment to maximize opportunities for economic prosperity and net-zero transition, say lawyers at Watson Farley & Williams.

  • Ruling Elucidates Tensions In Assessing Employee Disability

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    An employment tribunal's recent decision, maintaining that dermatitis was not a disability, but stress was, illustrates tensions in the interaction between statutory guidance on reasonable behavior modifications and Equality Act measures, says Suzanne Nulty at Weightmans.

  • ECJ Ruling Triggers Reconsiderations Of Using AI In Hiring

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    A recent European Court of Justice ruling, clarifying that the General Data Protection Regulation could apply to decisions made by artificial intelligence, serves as a warning to employers, as the use of AI in recruitment may lead to more discrimination claims, say Dino Wilkinson and James Major at Clyde & Co.

  • Supreme Court Ruling Is A Gift To Insolvency Practitioners

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    As corporate criminal liability is in sharp focus, the Supreme Court's recent decision in Palmer v. Northern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court that administrators are not company officers and should not be held liable under U.K. labor law is instructive in focusing on the substance and not merely the title of a person's role within a company, say lawyers at Greenberg Traurig.

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