Author Archives: Geoffrey Bignell

No Work, No Pay?

Is an employee who cannot get to work because of weather, delayed holiday flights or imprisonment  entitled to be paid? Who bears the loss? Employer or employee? Common sense suggests an employer is not bound to pay an employee who … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong with our Judges?

“Verdict on the judges: too male, too white, too elitist” (Times, 6 July 2011). Is this fair? There are two criticisms of judges. First, that the quality of judging would be “better” if there were more women, ethnic minority and … Continue reading

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How can the Supreme Court get it so wrong?

The Supreme Court has decided, in R (on the application of G) v The Governess of School X [2011] UKSC, handed down yesterday, that a teacher facing a gross misconduct dismissal which will end his teaching career has no right … Continue reading

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Advocacy and Outrageous Allegations

We usually do our own advocacy in employment tribunals, rather than pass on the case to someone else, for four reasons: To avoid duplication of effort. A case may well be better prepared for tribunal by a solicitor who is … Continue reading

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Too Much Law?

The Investors Chronicle (15 April 2011) reports that the Labour government introduced over 4,000 new criminal offences. Whilst each individual new offence might be rational, in isolation, the IC argues a cumulative effect is to strangle firms in red tape … Continue reading

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