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ACAS Early Conciliation- how will it affect you?

10 Apr 2014 by

From 6th April 2014 all Claimants bringing proceedings in the Employment Tribunal have been required to attempt “Early Conciliation” (“EC”) via ACAS before they can issue an Employment Tribunal claim. This has been promoted by the Government as a significant change and one which they hope will further decrease the level of claims presented to ... more>

Colman Coyle Celebrates 30 years!

3 Apr 2014 by

1984 may hold memories for us all but that year was especially important for Colman Coyle; as it was the year it all began. Now celebrating its thirtieth anniversary, the firm has evolved from its modest beginnings into the successful Legal 500 firm it is today.  Over the years Colman Coyle has built a reputation ... more>

Chairperson of South African Chamber Announced

2 Apr 2014 by

Melissa Powys-Rodrigues an associate in the employment department who is dual qualified in English and South African law has taken over the prestigious role of the chairperson of the South African Chamber of Commerce (UK). The South African Chamber of Commerce is the umbrella organisation and conduit for trade, community and investment into and out ... more>

Legal Expert Column: I am looking to buy a flat. The property I am interested in is situated in a building with two other flats. I have been frequently told that the freeholder isn’t involved with the building. Should I be concerned about this?

28 Mar 2014 by

This Q & A was first published in Absolutely City & Angel Magazine, April 2014. Property Partners Andrew Flint and Hema Anand have a regular legal expert column in the magazine to answer questions on residential property. Question I am looking to buy a flat and the property I am interested in is situated in ... more>

Success for banker after employment tribunal ruled he was unfairly dismissed over his links to heavyweight boxer David Haye

25 Mar 2014 by

Brian Levy, litigation partner recently acted in conjunction with barrister Jeffrey Bacon from Littleton Chamber for Kamran Naqvi on a successful claim  against HBOS/Lloyds Banking Group. Naqvi was dismissed from his job as a city banker after being accused of moonlighting as a Personal Assistant to  the well-known boxer David Haye. The bank claimed that ... more>

ACAS Conciliation Comment: to mediate or not to mediate?

19 Mar 2014 by

Well, this will no longer be a choice as of 6th April 2014.  The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (“ERRA 2013”) will bring in compulsory pre-claim ACAS conciliation. What this will mean is that Claimants will have to submit details of their dispute for bringing a claim, to ACAS.   The Claimant will be offered ... more>

Litigation Partner Joins the Team

19 Mar 2014 by

Brian Levy a seasoned litigator with a background in commercial, insolvency,  and employment litigation has joined Colman Coyle as a partner.  Brian’s experience is such that he is able to provide strong commercially-focused advice on almost any issue arising in the world of business. In addition, Brian has considerable success of using mediation as a ... more>

An Essential Guide to Discrimination Law

13 Mar 2014 by

Is caste discrimination protected by Equality Act 2010?

13 Mar 2014 by

Yes, says the Employment Tribunal in Tirkey v Chandok. The Tribunal has decided that discrimination based on caste should not be struck out for lack of jurisdiction. This is despite the provisions in the Equality Act which provide that the Secretary of State must amend the law to specifically include caste discrimination. The Claimant was ... more>

When does an insolvent company’s liability to pay rent rank as an expense of its administration?

13 Mar 2014 by

An administrator must make payments at the rate of the rent for the duration of any period during which the administrator retained possession of the premises for the benefit of the administration. The period of beneficial possession it determined as a question of fact and rent is treated as accruing from day to day. Game ... more>