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When is an “employee” not an employee?

Henna Elahi

Posted by Henna Elahi | Solicitor
On 23rd March 2017

The recent Court of Appeal decision in Pimlico Plumbers & Charlie Mullins v Gary Smith sets out important guidance for establishing employment status.

The Pimlico Plumbers case

Gary Smith is a plumber. Between August 2005 and April 2011 he carried out plumbing work for Pimlico Plumbers. In January 2011 he suffered a heart attack and was dismissed in May 2011. Mr Smith claimed that he was unfairly or wrongfully dismissed.

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Policing and Crime Act 2017 – Implications for Police Bail – A Ticking Time Bomb

Posted by Jennifer Siddorn | Associate
On 17th March 2017

The Policing and Crime Act was given Royal Assent on 31 January 2017. It is anticipated to come into force in April 2017. It introduces a presumption of release without charge and without police bail. However, suspects can be released on police bail if it is necessary and proportionate. The legislation introduces long called for time limits for police bail. This article examines the effectiveness of the changes and highlights some worrying new additions that all criminal practitioners should be aware of.

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Help for the families of missing persons

Philippa Barton

Posted by Philippa Barton | Partner
On 15th March 2017

A very high number of people go missing each year in the UK. The figure is about 275,000. About one third of the missing are adults.

Most people who go missing reappear relatively quickly but some disappear for decades. It is estimated that there are currently around 20,000 people who have been missing for at least a year.

Apart from the distress and grief they suffer, there are a number of practical problems for those who are left behind.

If body has been found, then it is not possible to obtain a death certificate and make a claim on a life insurance policy.

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A valid Will – it’s how – not where…

Nicola Waldman

Posted by Nicola Waldman | Partner
On 15th March 2017

In the case of Wilson v Lassman, the High Court has upheld the validity of a will that was witnessed on the bonnet of the testator’s car.

The background to this case was a disgruntled son who had been disinherited by his father’s will. He wanted to bring a claim out of time under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, but latterly amended his claim to raise the issue of whether the will was valid at all under s9 Wills Act 1837.

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