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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme update

Mike Tremeer, Michael McCartney, Taj Rehal |

Since it was announced on 20 March 2020, the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has seen various revisions and updates.  Our previous summary of the CJRS and the Government’s guidance can be seen here. The latest CJRS factsheet published by the Government indicates that, as of 24 May 2020, 1m employers had taken advantage […]


Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Chancellor’s update

Ingrid Hesselbo, Michael McCartney |

On 12 May the Chancellor Rishi Sunak set out a brief update in parliament on the future of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The scheme was set up on 26 March and supports employers by paying 80% of a furloughed worker’s pay up to a cap of £2,500 per month. The Chancellor’s recent announcement came […]


Are employees entitled to paid leave due to Covid-19?

Michael McCartney |

The rights of UK employees are contained in an employment contract (incorporating  express rights and implied rights which are derived from the common law) and in statutory rules and regulations laid down by parliament which are mandatory in nature.  The entitlement to pay during a period of leave  depends to some extent upon the rights […]


Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Government update

Mike Tremeer, Michael McCartney, Ingrid Hesselbo, Louise Gibson, Taj Rehal, Caroline Philipps |

On 26 March the Government (HMRC) published guidance giving details of its Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.  The guidance has since been updated a number of times; on 4 April, 9 April, 15 April, 17 April and most recently on 20 April.  The current, updated guidance can be seen here. On 15 April the Treasury also […]


Work Matters Bulletin: COVID-19 - March 2020

Michael McCartney, Mike Tremeer, Taj Rehal |

Ever-increasing coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and guidance has understandably led to us receiving a large number of requests for advice on employment related issues.   In this mailing we summarise the most popular FAQs for you, including rights and pay for self-isolating employees and those with caring responsibilities. Are employees entitled to pay when self-isolating? The Statutory […]


Michael McCartney shares insights on IR35 taxing changes with Building Magazine

Michael McCartney |

Employment Partner, Michael McCartney, recently contributed an article in Building on IR35 and the taxing changes to off-payroll rules being a major challenge for building firms. Michael discusses what impact the changes to off-payroll rules has on contractors, “firms will need to work with contractors to gather evidence of genuine self-employment…” To view the full […]


Workplace Privacy: Can an employer refer to an employee’s private WhatsApp messages in a disciplinary process?

Michael McCartney, Mike Tremeer, Taj Rehal |

This was a question referred to the European Court of Human Rights in the recent case of Garamukanwa v United Kingdom.  Coincidentally, much the same question was put to the Scottish Court of Session earlier this year in BC and others v Chief Constable Police Service of Scotland and others.  Both cases together provide a […]


Fladgate advises on the sale of Prosurv to Cumming

Hamilton Forrest, Michael McCartney, Ian Brent, Diana Mennie, Eleanor Green |

Top 50 UK law firm Fladgate has advised the shareholders of Stoke based project manager and costs consultancy Prosurv on its sale to Cumming, the global project management consultancy. Corporate partner Ian Brent led the Fladgate team including corporate assistants Ellie Green & Diana Mennie, tax partner Hamilton Forrest and employment partner Michael McCartney. Prosurv […]


Fladgate advises on the sale of Conversio to Campaign Monitor

John Forde, Hamilton Forrest, Michael McCartney, Ashleigh Brinklow, Anthony Shatz |

Fladgate acted for the majority shareholder of Conversio, a popular ecommerce platform, on its sale to CM Group, a global technology company and the owner of Campaign Monitor. With the transaction completed, Conversio’s technology is now being used to launch CM Commerce, a new email marketing solution tailored for retailers looking to accelerate their growth. […]


Fladgate advises Ocado on the sale of Marie Claire Beauty Limited

Amy Collins, Michael McCartney, Hamilton Forrest, Laura Priestley, Tim Wright, Grant Gordon, Diana Mennie |

Fladgate was delighted to advise Ocado on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Marie Claire Beauty Limited (trading as Fabled) to Next Group. Fabled by Marie Claire launched in August 2016 and currently offers over 250 premium beauty brands via www.fabled.com and its beauty store in central London. Next acquired Marie Claire Beauty […]


2017 Legal 500 ranks Fladgate across the board

Julian Lewis, Amy Collins, Andrew Kaufman, Graham Spitz, Richard Kaufman, Eddie Powell, Jonathan Hibberts, Helena Luckhurst, Mark Saunders, Alex Kaufmann, Alan Wetterhahn, Mark Harnett, Avram Kelman, Neil Vickers, Michael McCartney, Nigel Gordon, Paul Airley, Gideon Dabby-Joory, Digby Hebbard, Alexander Wildschütz, Simon Ekins, Mark Buckley, Janet Keeley, Eugene Matveichuk, Bree Taylor, Sophia Purkis, Steven Mash, Jeremy Whiteson, Stephen Lewis, Alison Mould, James Earl, Mike Tremeer, Kim McMurray, Teresa Cullen, Ian Brent, Amanda Hado-Bodfield, David Weare, Gary Smith, Luke Morris, Seetal Modi, Jenny Sargeant, Richard Reuben, Grant Gordon, David Robinson, Taj Rehal, David Baverstock |

Fladgate LLP is delighted to have achieved across the board rankings in the recently launched 2017 edition of the Legal 500 Guide to the UK Legal Profession. The firm achieved 26 rankings, with 59 lawyers attaining 91 individual recommendations.  Commercial contracts Fladgate LLP enhanced its commercial contracts offering with the recruitment of James Earl, an expert in the […]


Legitimate business protection or unenforceable restraint of trade – the problem with post-termination restrictions

Michael McCartney |

Michael McCartney comments on a recent Court of Appeal decision in Egon Zehnder v Tillman highlighting the challenge employers face when enforcing clauses designed to prevent competition from employees after they leave. The Court of Appeal held that a non-compete restriction which purported to prevent Ms Tillman from having an “interest” in a competing business […]