Contact Law blog

January 2011

New agency to be set up to fight economic crime

A new agency is to be established and given extra powers in order to battle economic crime, such as bribery and corruption, in the wake of the new Bribery Act. (more…)

Labour warns Employment Tribunal changes will disadvantage women

Yvette Cooper, the shadow women and equalities minister, said that the government has failed to assess how the proposed Employment Tribunal reforms will affect women. She said the reforms will hit women harder than men. (more…)

‘Bloodgate’ physiotherapist wins appeal against being struck off

Former Harlequins physiotherapist Steph Brennan has won his High Court appeal against being struck off the Health Professions Council (HPC) register after his involvement in the bloodgate rugby scandal. (more…)

Sky Sports presenters spark sexism row

Andy Gray and Richard Keys, presenters on Sky Sports, have been heavily criticised for comments they made off-air about female referees in football. (more…)

Paralegals – taking over the legal profession?

A report issued in 2010 identified ‘legal associate professionals’, or paralegals, as the third fastest area of job growth, after paramedics and environmental officers. But who are paralegals and how are they impacting the legal profession? (more…)

Teacher who wrote ‘racy’ novel about pupils claims unfair dismissal

An English teacher who was dismissed after writing and publishing a novel about sex, drugs and violence that featured the school and several pupils by name is claiming unfair dismissal at the Leeds Employment Tribunal. (more…)

International horse rustling case continues in High Court

A 70-year-old pensioner from Derbyshire has been accused of illegally owning three prize winning horses which were allegedly stolen from a stable yard in Belgium one night in December 2008. (more…)

Husband and wife facing jail for insider trading scam

Christian Littlewood and his wife Angie are facing time in jail after admitting to eight counts of insider trading during a scam which lasted for eight years and was worth £2 million. It is the largest victory the Financial Services Authority (FSA) has had since it began its drive to tackle market abuse. (more…)

Are unpaid internships breaking UK employment law?

There is growing opinion that unpaid internships, becoming more and more common for recent graduates, may be in breach of UK minimum wage law. (more…)

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