Tag: Business

Plumber wins gig economy legal battle as Supreme Court wades in

After 7 years of litigation, a plumber has won a legal battle over his employment status and has been recognised as a ‘worker’ entitled to a raft of basic employment rights. This Supreme Court case is the latest in a line of gig economy cases against large employers and holds significance for many in UK workplaces.

New vlog: How many zeros?

The number of zero-hours contracts rose by about 100,000 in 2017 according to new figures. Where does this leave the government’s ‘good work’ scheme and the regulation of the #gigeconomy? Watch my new vlog discussing employment trends.

Unfinished business: the Qatari commercial dispute that landed a Cayman Islands Judge in conflict

This international commercial dispute gave rise to allegations of ‘unconscious bias’ on the part of a Judge of the Cayman Islands Grand Court. The resulting decision highlights that the perception of judicial independence is crucial.

Like pizza? Good. Registered a trademark? Check it’s still valid after this major intellectual property case

This pathbreaking Court of Appeal case has shaken the stability of the system of registered trademarks used across the UK. Businesses are advised to check on the status of their trademarks to avoid nasty surprises, writes Shyam Thakerar, trainee at 36 Civil.

Should Judges recuse themselves if they practise in the same chambers as a barrister in the case?

Allegations of bias against Judges are treated with healthy scepticism. But litigators should be alert to complications that can arise when Judges have links to the lawyers in a case. In a recent commercial dispute, the Court of Appeal discussed the right approach to secure fairness and justice.

Gearing up for International Women’s Day: an urban cycling story #IWD2017

Sun’s out. It’s time to get back on the bike and bask in it. But there’s a roadblock of sexism ahead that we need to dismantle #IWD2017

Employment Tribunal judgments are now available online

Anyone can now search online for Employment Tribunal judgments about employers following the launch of a new database of first-instance decisions

Did Byron Burger unlawfully discriminate against employees in Home Office sting?

Potentially. But much depends on what was said and done, and how. The raid On the morning of 4 July 2016, […]

What are the pros and cons of secretly recorded evidence? 

Someone once described the smartphone as an incredibly powerful surveillance device that can also make phone calls. They were right. The ubiquity of […]

What a difference 2 days make…

  2 March 2016: UK Supreme Court finds Morrisons responsible for racist abuse by a rogue employee and conclude that employers may […]