Insights: January 2016

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Bringing claims to the Employment Tribunal

Caroline Philipps |

“We recently dismissed an employee, who left saying that he would “see us in court”! How long does he have to bring a claim?” The general rule is that an employee has three months less a day from the date of the relevant act or acts complained of – in this case, a dismissal – […]

A greener and more pleasant land?

Gavin Whitney |

Background New environmental legislation is endeavouring to make the UK an even greener and more pleasant land. The effect of the “minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) for private rented buildings” will shortly start to affect both commercial and domestic let premises and landlords may want to start taking action now to mitigate the impact.  This […]

Obesity and the Cinema Workplace

Caroline Philipps |

The Equality Act 2010 prohibits discrimination on the basis of certain protected characteristics, for example sex, race, religion and disability. Obesity is not one of those specified protected characteristics. However, when considering a case originally brought in a Danish District Court, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) recently held that obesity may amount to a […]

The scope of “matters relating to insurance”


The Brussels Regulation has a general rule that a defendant should be sued in the Member State where it is domiciled.  One of the exceptions, in Article 11(2), is for matters relating to insurance, where the consumer-friendly rule is that the insured can bring proceedings in the courts of its own domicile. In Mapfre Mutualidad […]

Fladgate advises Gabem Management Limited on the sale of its business

David Robinson, Jamie Hamilton |

Fladgate LLP advised Gabem Management Limited in the sale of its business and assets to Danbro Limited, a family-owned and run firm of chartered management accountants. Gabem and Danbro provide umbrella company payroll services to contractors and temporary workers. Corporate partner David Robinson led the team on the transaction and was supported by senior associate […]