The Supreme Court has ruled that denying a couple the right to enter heterosexual civil partnerships is incompatible with human rights laws.
In Pimlico Plumbers Limited and another v Smith , the Supreme Court unanimously agreed that an Employment Tribunal was entitled to find that Gary Smith was a worker under section 203(1) of the Employment Rights Act 1996, rather than a self-employed contractor.
On 2 December 2015, the Supreme Court clarified the law relating to implied terms in contracts, in the case of Marks and Spencer plc v BNP Paribas Securities Services Trust Company (Jersey) Limited and another  UKSC 72. Court of Appeal The case related to a dispute between M&S and its landlord over whether M&S … Continued
The Supreme Court handed down a landmark judgment on Wednesday in the case of Prest v Petrodel, when it overturned the (majority) judgement of the Court of Appeal, which had been in favour of the husband and his companies – but on a basis not previously argued in the case. The key issue in Prest … Continued
With a whole host of different working arrangements now commonplace, determining what employment status an individual holds is more important than ever. Whether someone is an employee, worker or self-employed is crucial to the question of employment rights, as each category confers different rights and obligations. However, deciding which status applies is not always straightforward. … Continued
The long-awaited Supreme Court judgment in Fairclough Homes Ltd v Summers  was finally delivered on 27 June. The facts of the case can be summarised briefly: the claimant suffered a genuine injury but grossly exaggerated his ongoing disability, reflected in the fact that his pleaded claim originally exceeded £800,000 (excluding general damages and interest) … Continued
The child abduction team at Lyons Davidson has had a very busy start to 2012, following a successful appearance in the Court of Appeal in December 2011, and is heading to the Supreme Court in February. Child abduction The case of S v C  established that the decision of the Supreme Court in E … Continued
Until recently, retiring an employee was a simple procedure for companies – but age discrimination law introduced in 2011 made this process a minefield. However, by being vigilant, employers should be able to negotiate their way around any potentially explosive areas of the law. Before 6 April 2011, an employer was able to dismiss someone … Continued
In April 2011, the Supreme Court handed down judgment in the landmark case of Jones v Kaney. This fundamentally changed the law regarding expert immunity from liability in negligence, which had previously been enjoyed by expert witnesses in civil cases. For over 400 years, expert witnesses had been immune from liability for any negligence arising … Continued