[ 16 Sep 2014 | No Comment ]
Oscar Pistorius: verdict analysis

By Dan Bunting
A world famous sportsman accused of killing his partner is controversially acquitted with public uproar. Some have drawn similarities between OJ Simpson and Oscar Pistorius, although the comparisons should not be overstated. Not least because, whilst Mr Pistorius left Court on 12 September after the verdict, he did not (as may papers state) “walk free”, as he was bailed pending sentence. Although acquitted of murder and pre-meditated murder, he was convicted of “culpable homicide” (pretty close to what would be manslaughter in English law). As a consequence, he faces …

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[ 16 Sep 2014 | No Comment ]
Scottish Referendum – implications for immigration law

How could immigration law be affected by an independent Scotland?
Immigration law could be significantly changed in an independent Scotland. The UK government has a published intention to reduce net migration whereas the Scottish Government has indicated that Scotland would need to increase skilled migration. This could potentially lead to an independent Scotland adopting a more liberal and significantly different immigration policy from the rest of the UK.
What are your key concerns as the referendum draws near?
There is still a great deal of uncertainty about how immigration in an independent …

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Scottish Referendum – implications for employment law

How could employment law be affected by an independent Scotland?
Aside from the need to monitor and assess changes in legislation and update and advise clients accordingly, which is routine for solicitors, there may be the need for other business-related advice, depending on how clients react to a Yes vote. One key issue for employment lawyers would be the status of Scotland within or outwith Europe. A good deal of modern employment law (equalities, working time, paid leave) is driven by the decisions of the Court of Justice of the European …

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[ 16 Sep 2014 | No Comment ]
Oscar Pistorius: verdict analysis

By Dan Bunting
A world famous sportsman accused of killing his partner is controversially acquitted with public uproar. Some have drawn similarities between OJ Simpson and Oscar Pistorius, although the comparisons should not be overstated. Not least because, whilst Mr Pistorius left Court on 12 September after the verdict, he did not (as may papers state) “walk free”, as he was bailed pending sentence. Although acquitted of murder and pre-meditated murder, he was convicted of “culpable homicide” (pretty close to what would be manslaughter in English law). As a consequence, he faces …

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[ 2 Sep 2014 | No Comment ]
Maternity leave: a fair deal for returning mothers?

Six out of ten mothers think their careers were “derailed” and they faced open discrimination after becoming pregnant, new research by Slater & Gordon has revealed.
What laws are already in place to protect mothers returning to the workplace?
A mother who returns to work at the end of, or within her ordinary maternity leave period (the first 26 weeks), has the right to return to the same job that she was employed in before her absence. She has the right to return on the same terms and conditions of employment, or …

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[ 1 Sep 2014 | No Comment ]
Threat from Syria – will recent proposals help combat terrorism?

By Dan Bunting
When the Prevention of Terrorism Act 1974 was passed against a backdrop of an IRA bombing campaign in the mainland UK, it was limited in time for a year (although would be re-passed annually until made permanent), and was passed among a genuine concern that the powers it gave were too wide-reaching. Roy Jenkins, taking the Bill through the House of Commons as Home Secretary, said “The powers… are Draconian. In combination they are unprecedented in peacetime”. One wonders what he and other legislators from 40 years ago …