The worker vs independent contractor debate continues

Recently, we have written several blogs relating to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Uber drivers, who have now been afforded worker status and are thus entitled to basic worker’s rights such as minimum wage and holiday and sick pay. Now, an Employment Tribunal has handed down a similar judgment in an – arguably – very […]

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Landlords victorious in COVID rent arrears case

Three commercial tenants, who claimed the closure of their businesses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic justified the non-payment of rent, had their hopes dashed in a summary judgment handed down by the High Court in April. In the second such case in as many weeks, the court decided that there was no justification […]

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COVID-19 and Rent Arrears

The first reported judgment on commercial rent arrears arising from the COVID-19 pandemic was handed down last month in the case of Commerz Real Investmentgesellschaft mbh v TFS Stores Ltd [2021] EWHC 863 (Ch). Facts of the case The tenant occupied a retail unit in Westfield Shopping Centre, London and accrued arrears of both rent […]

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Vaccinations in the workplace

Whilst COVID and furlough in employment has been the hot topic for the last year or so, it would seem that good news envelopes us in moving forward from the pandemic with the rollout of the vaccination programme. In itself this is great news as not only can individuals see the light at the end […]

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Uber drivers are workers – so what next?

In February, Uber drivers celebrated as the UK’s highest court handed down a judgment that had been years in the making: Uber drivers are workers under employment legislation, and not independent contractors. The landmark Supreme Court ruling means that Uber drivers are entitled to at least the national minimum wage and paid annual leave, in […]

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‘Breathing Space’ for those in debt

The government has introduced a new Debt Respite Scheme (or Breathing Space) to help those with problem debt, including those with mental health problems. The scheme, first announced in February and effected on Tuesday 4 May, will give indebted people certain legal protections from their creditors for a set period, or ‘breathing space’. There are […]

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