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Employment Law Update

February 1, 2019

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HR Law News – December

December 10, 2018

The December issue of our HR Law update is now available to download  Read More

HR Law – November 2018

November 1, 2018

November’s Employment Law Newsletter is now available : Samuel Phillips – HR Law Update – November 2018 Read More

Deck the Halls..but not the Staff – A Business Owners Guide to a Successful Xmas Party

December 1, 2017

In the words of the Brummie genius that is Noddy Holder; “So here it is merry Christmas, everybody’s having fun….” Well of course they are, as the business owner you’re laying on the annual festive lunch or dinner for your staff. Plenty Read More

Autumn Budget – The Impact on Your Business

December 1, 2017

First time buyers were the focus of the headline grabbing removal of stamp duty for property sales up to £300k but apart from also setting aside billions for Brexit and referring to investment in regional transport initiatives what of the impact on Read More

Dealing with Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

November 9, 2017

The recent New York Times expose featuring a Hollywood movie mogul has led to a global conversation on the topic of sexual harassment, specifically experiences encountered in the place of work.  The spark igniting this discussion happened on October Read More

Samuel Phillips SRA Diversity Data 2017

August 17, 2017

A link to Samuel Phillips Diversity Data is found here : 2017 Diversity Data Read More

Office of Public Guardian – Reduced Registration Fees

April 12, 2017

In the midst of all the talk about the increase in Probate application fees, the Office of the Public Guardian (‘the OPG’) has decided to go against the grain with the welcome result of reducing fees. As of 1 April 2017, the OPG is reducing the r Read More

Ministry of Justice Proposed New Probate Fee Structure

April 5, 2017

STOP PRESS…… As of 21st April 2017, HM Government has announced that the plans to increase probate fees has been withdrawn. This is welcome news and due to the scheduling of the General Election for 8th June.  Whilst this is a reprieve w Read More

Charities win battle for Will makers’ right to choose

March 16, 2017

  The Blue Cross, the RSPCA and the RSPB, who were named as the main beneficiaries of a £486,000 estate, have successfully won their case against the deceased’s estranged daughter who was cut out of the Will. test Mrs Ilott and Mrs Jackson ha Read More

Personal Injury News

January 9, 2017

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Uber Ruling Drives at the Heart of the Gig Economy

October 28, 2016

 The recent ruling in favour of two taxi drivers could have far reaching consequences for the UK’s rapidly expanding “gig economy”. The Employment Tribunal delivered its decision Friday 28th October setting out that Uber, a busines Read More

Just a Bit of Banter – Research highlights worrying scale of sexual harassment in the UK workplace.

September 7, 2016

“Just a Bit of Banter” – Study Reveals 52% of Women Sexually Harassed A recent study commissioned by the Trades Union Congress reveals that we are not living in the enlightened and gender balanced times we might imagine for ourselve Read More

Injunctions at Work

July 11, 2016

We thought it might prove useful to include an occasional feature covering an HR topic in slightly more detail. This month we look at Injunctions and their application in the workplace. Definition: Injunction Injunctions can be used in a variety of c Read More

Keep Calm and Brexit On

July 9, 2016

We now know we face an EU free future, but what does that actually mean for business owners, directors and managers? The dust has hardly settled on the rather surprising news that emerged in the early hours of June 24th, the UK has voted to leave the Read More

Budget 2016 – Increased SDLT Rates for additional residential properties

March 17, 2016

Following from the initial announcement of this measure in the 2015 Autumn Statement, the details of the new regime have been announced in the Budget 2016. Read More


March 17, 2016

As previously anticipated, the Chancellor has confirmed that higher rates of 3% above the standard rates of SDLT will apply to purchases of additional residential properties, i.e. any properties other than a buyer’s main residential dwelling. The c Read More

All Schools to Convert to Academy

March 16, 2016

Government announces the drive to convert all schools in England to academy status by 2020 Read More

Calling All Residential Landlords & Letting Agents

March 14, 2016

The Deregulation Act 2015 has introduced further obligations on the landlord in relation to documents required to be served upon a tenant before a valid notice for possession under Section 21 Housing Act 1988 can be served; notably an Energy Performa Read More

CHUF Charity Fundraising

March 9, 2016

The charity fundraising team at Samuel Phillips Law Firm invited two of the founder members of Hug in a Bag cancer charity, Judith Wright and Eileen Richardson to present them with a cheque for £712.78. Read More

Adam Johnson and Sunderland AFC – the responsibilities of an employer in a case of criminal acts

March 6, 2016

Robert Gibson - employment law expert, has been asked to comment on the facts surrounding the Adam Johnson case, specifically the responsibilities of an employer when managing an employee who has committed alleged criminal acts. [Click on the picture Read More

The Associates – 2 Solicitors Promoted @ Samuel Phillips

February 24, 2016

3 Key Promotions Announced at Samuel Phillips Law Firm - 3 ambitious and forward thinking lawyers have secured promotion to become Associates within busy city law firm Samuel Phillips. Read More

Handling Disciplinaries

February 15, 2016

The Acas code of practice, although not legally binding, sets out the standard that tribunals will take into account when deciding an unfair dismissal case and it is therefore advisable for employers to follow the code when drawing up their own disci Read More

Hug in a Bag Charity Fundraising

January 29, 2016

The charity fundraising team at Samuel Phillips Law Firm were invited to attend the Freeman Hospital recently & had the pleasure of handing a cheque for £2,456.00 to the Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF). Read More

A Burden on Residential Landlords and Agents: Right to Rent checks Come Into Force

January 20, 2016

Most landlords and managing agents of residential properties will be aware that they are going to be placed under a legal obligation to check the immigration status (the “right to rent”) of potential tenants from sources in the media, their lawye Read More

M&S Loses Legal Fight With BNP Paribas Over £1.1m Rent Bill

January 5, 2016

When negotiating break provisions allowing a tenant to bring an early end to a lease it is essential for a tenant to ensure that those break provisions expressly oblige the landlord to refund any rent and other sums paid in advance relating to the pe Read More

Office to residential use: a breath of fresh air for property investors

November 10, 2015

On 12 October 2015, the government announced that a temporary deemed planning permission (Use Class J), which allows commercial office premises (Use Class B1) to be converted for use as residential premises (Use Class C3) without the grant of an expr Read More

Nowhere to Hide

October 14, 2015

Locating, valuing and distribution of assets is fundamental to fairness in Divorce. Read More

Minimum Energy Efficiency Obligations – What Landlords and Tenants Need to Know

October 2, 2015

On 26 March 2015 the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Sector) (England and Wales) Regulations became law. These Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (“MEES”) Regulations will have implications for landlords and tenants of privately rented commerc Read More

Shareholders Agreements: Prevention is better than the cure

September 21, 2015

The number of individuals coming together to form a business has increased over recent years, and, for those deciding what structure their business should take, incorporating a limited company is an attractive proposition. The main benefit of using a Read More

Hi Ho, Hi Ho…. Off to Work & Paid as they Go

September 15, 2015

The Court of Justice of the European Union has decided in Federacion de Servicios Privados del Sindicato Comisiones Obreras v Tyco Integrated Security SL and anor that travelling time for workers who do not have a fixed place of work must count as Read More

Employment Law Timeline – Forthcoming Changes

September 4, 2015

In general, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills introduces legislative changes twice a year – April and October. The idea is to make it easier for employers (and employees) to keep abreast of the changes. The following is an overview Read More

Kira’s Captured the Moment – Samuel Phillips Photo Competition

July 23, 2015

12 year old Kira Paterson captured the perfect moment at this year's Belsay Horse Trials to win the Samuel Phillips photo competition. Read More

FAB Thunderbirds are GO at Newcastle Hospitals Staff Benefits Events

July 22, 2015

It's not every day you get dress up as an iconic TV show character so we made the most of it. Scott and Virgil Tracy accompanied by Lady Penelope (how did she win that Blue peter badge?) and Parker supported the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Tru Read More

NHS Staff Benefits Event RVI 2015

July 15, 2015

It was a great turn out at the children's television themed NHS Staff Benefits Events at the RVI today. Samuel Phillips Law Firm AKA Thunderbirds International Rescue were on hand! Congratulations to Esther Lim who won a bottle of Champagne on our Ya Read More

Samuel Phillips Essential Employment Update June

June 5, 2015

Welcome to the latest issue of our essential employment law update. In this month's issue..... OVERVIEW OF THE DATA PROTECTION ACT - We provide an overview of the main provisions of the DPA. CLEAR AND UNAMBIGUOUS - Although employers can reserve the Read More

Samuel Phillips Sponsor Belsay Horse Trials – Win a Digital Camera

June 2, 2015

Win a Digital Camera by attending Belsay Horse Trials 6th to 7th June and taking a winning snap. Read More

Did you receive a share of your ex spouse’s pension on divorce?

May 20, 2015

If you are worried the new freedom to take pension capital at 55 yrs may impact on you please contact us without any delay. You may need to take action to prevent your former spouse from taking capital and preventing you receiving your earmarked shar Read More

Tenancy deposits: not all landlords can relax now the election is over

May 14, 2015

Now that the Conservatives are in government, landlords may be breathing a sigh of relief that Labour’s proposed tenancy reforms aren’t going to be made law. However, a little-publicised Act (the Deregulation Act 2015) has been passed regarding t Read More

The Lock Decision – Impact on Holiday Pay

May 6, 2015

Leicester Employment Tribunal handed down its decision in Lock back in March. Read More

Labour’s rent controls: not all doom and gloom for landlords

May 2, 2015

In anticipation of the 2015 general election, the mainstream parties are all seeking to be “at one with working people”. For Labour, this includes targeting what they consider to be the “rogue” residential tenancy market, which they appear to Read More

Why Clarkson Drove the BBC into a Cul de Sac

April 9, 2015

Let me just start by saying I loved Top Gear, many of us did, many equally found it base and childish but all have the option not to tune in. I had the pleasure of being one of the faces in the studio with a friend a few years ago and it was a truly Read More

Relationship Guru Claims Monogamy Not in Our DNA

April 2, 2015

In essence what is being suggested here is that open relationships are the way forward. Read More

Budget 2015 – ISA to Help First Time Buyers

March 18, 2015

The Chancellor, George Osborne has announced the introduction of an innovative financial aid to support the efforts of first time buyers. Read More

Claim against ex-husband allowed – 23 years after divorce

March 12, 2015

The Supreme Court has ruled that a wife who was divorced more than 20 years ago, when both she and her husband were living a “new age” travelling lifestyle, can make a claim against him. In this case the ex-husband went on following the divorce t Read More

Lawyers Helping to Spread a Little Love for Valentine’s Day

January 24, 2015

With so much doom and gloom in the news Samuel Phillips Law Firm has decided to lighten the mood. 14th February the day of St Valentine is but a few weeks away and time now to plan ahead and remind those you love how much they mean to you. Samuel Phi Read More

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