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Return to work – key steps for employers

July/August 2020 | Employment

We reported in our June 2020 edition (p15) on the government’s advice on steps that employers should take to enable their staff to return to work safely. A useful and interesting article discussed some of these issues with a view to helping employers to minimise the risk of ET claims from employees who are reluctant …

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HMLR – expediting an application

July/August 2020 | Conveyancing

HMLR has issued a short reminder about how firms should request an application to be expedited. It is necessary to use the Application Enquiry in the HMLR portal. An applicant must attach evidence as to why the application is urgent. HMLR will process the application sooner if they approve the application. If a firm has …

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HMLR – further changes to evidence of identity requirements

July/August 2020 | Conveyancing

Practitioners will be aware that HMLR has issued a temporary relaxation to its rules relating to identity verification in response to the Covid-19 situation. Note that PG67 (evidence of identity: conveyancers) has been further updated in relation to the evidence of identity forms referred to in the guide, in particular to forms ID1, ID2 and …

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Conviction – appeals; exceptional circumstances

July/August 2020 | Crime

A was sentenced to 12 months in prison after pleading guilty to a drugs offence under s4 Misuse of Drugs Act. He appealed his conviction out of time on grounds of fresh evidence relating to his status as a victim of human trafficking. The evidence included that A may well not have fully appreciated that …

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Offences – sex offence

July/August 2020 | Crime

A recent case is a salutary example of the problems which can arise when the CrimPR rules are not complied with. A’s conviction for historical indecent assault under s14(1) SOA 1956 was quashed on the basis of a series of procedural failings. There was also unchallenged evidence on a critical matter, which Irwin LJ said …

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HMLR – amending a deed

July/August 2020 | Conveyancing

Amending a deed that has already completed is important at any time – but in the midst of the current situation, conveyancers are more likely to have to correct clerical or other errors in deeds, so it is more important than ever to get it right. This is dealt with in HMLR PG 68: amending …

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Furlough – TUPE transfers

July/August 2020 | Employment

If a company goes into administration and the administrators subsequently secure a sale of the business, furloughed employees may be transferred automatically to the purchasing company under TUPE given that furlough leave does not break their continuity of employment. Purchasers of a business and assets from administrators can continue to benefit from the furlough scheme …

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Return to work – Law Society guidance

July/August 2020 | Employment

Employers and their advisers may also wish to consult recently issued Law Society guidance in conjunction with the above article. The guide, which is applicable to offices and other workspaces more widely, looks at the employment law and health and safety considerations employers will need to be aware of as employees return to the office …

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Sentencing – Covid-19

July/August 2020 | Crime

The chair of the Sentencing Council has published a statement clarifying the appropriate application of sentencing principles during the coronavirus pandemic. Holroyde LJ said the Council understands people’s concerns about the effect of the pandemic, including the potentially heavier impact of custodial sentences on offenders and their families. But the statement says existing principles ‘are …

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