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Although it may seem unfair, the answer is yes - in certain circumstances. The EAT recently confirmed in Vaughan v London Borough of Lewisham that just because evidence has been obtained covertly, this does not mean that it cannot be relied on in tribunal proceedings. Whether secret recordings will be admitted depends on whether the claimant can show that they are sufficiently relevant to their claim.
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This question was considered in the case of Bancroft v Interserve. The EAT's decision is a reminder that, although it is potentially fair to rely on a third party’s request to dismiss an employee, an employer must act reasonably in doing so. It must consider the degree of any injustice on the employee and whether there is an alternative to dismissal.
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It is an interesting paradox. By all accounts Scottish businesses regard membership of the European Union as crucial to their success and in the current debate on Scotland's constitutional future the issue of continuing EU membership is enjoying huge prominence. However, at the same time, there is a ready acknowledgement by many businesses that there are big gaps in their understanding of how the EU works and the impact of EU law on a day-to-day basis.more »
The potential for legal challenge of planning decisions causes uncertainty – for developers, for councillors, for local people. Will forthcoming changes in the law north and south of the border reduce the uncertainty?more »
Welcome to the Spring edition of our regular Food and Drink update. With the Ryder Cup and the Commonwealth games on the horizon in this issue we look at how to win bids and update you on the new IP legislation that could lower your branding costs and speed up the registration process. Stay with us for more updates on the issues that matter to the food and drink sector.
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We have been awaiting the Supreme Court's appeal decision in Salvesen v Riddell with great interest. Issued on 24 April 2013, it is a landmark decision in many ways, but it is by no means the end of the road for those who find themselves in similar circumstances to Mr Salvesen and Mr Riddell. Those (albeit comparatively few) parties will have to wait for some time yet to find out the final impact of the decision, which is largely now back in the hands of the Scottish Parliament.more »
Changes to Agricultural Holdings legislation introduced in 2011 mean that some Limited Duration Tenancies (LDTs) have a termination date set for 2016. It is therefore important that parties are aware of the double notice procedure which needs to be adhered to in order to bring the tenancy to an end.
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As we all (ok, some of us) wait with baited breath for the draft National Planning Framework 3 (NPF3) and Scottish Planning Policy (SPP), due to be published after the Easter Parliamentary Recess, it's perhaps a good time to reflect on the significance of the two documents. What are they? What status do they have? To what extent do they influence decision making? And ultimately, why should we be bothered about them?
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ACAS has published a new guide designed to help employers facing a collective redundancy situation. The guide is available here.
Useful highlights in the guide include:more »