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The law never stands still, and the way it applies to you and your organisation is constantly evolving. Our people are on top of these developments and can keep you up to date with some of the most interestings aspects of these changes. Check out our articles and updates for our perspective on issues that might affect you.

Latest Articles

  • The Shetland blog: A plan to protect young or vulnerable family members

    The Shetland blog: A plan to protect young or vulnerable family members

    The parents of young children or the carers of vulnerable adults can often feel overwhelmed by the thought of planning for the future or making their own Will. However, a well drafted Will, Power of Attorney or Personal Injury Trust Deed could ensure the long-term protection of a vulnerable person and the preservation of means tested benefits.

  • Budget update: Finance Bill Amendment 2017

    Budget update: Finance Bill Amendment 2017

    Following the General Election announcement, the Government has dropped many of the proposed changes made over the last couple of Budgets. Here we outline which of the changes have been dropped and those that remain.

  • Long-term sick leave – when can an employer dismiss an employee?

    Long-term sick leave – when can an employer dismiss an employee?

    At what time is it appropriate to dismiss for long-term sickness absence? A recent case made it clear that employers must ensure they fully investigate all evidence provided by the employee at any stage of the dismissal process – even if received on the day of the appeal hearing - as and when it becomes available.

  • ACAS Early Conciliation, time limits and employment tribunal claims – EC certificates

    ACAS Early Conciliation, time limits and employment tribunal claims – EC certificates

    Calculating time-limits in the face of the ACAS Early Conciliation regime is a minefield. If a claim is presented late to an employment tribunal this usually means that claims are struck out. A recent case examined whether or not the Employment Tribunals Act allows for more than one Early Conciliation (EC) certificate per "matter" to be issued by ACAS, which could have the effect of extend the time limits for making claim.