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Business as usual at Gales Solicitors

Business as usual at Gales Solicitors

 Gales Solicitors Partner Matthew Moore is reporting ‘business as usual’ at the busy Bournemouth practice which has offices in Winton and Tuckton.

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Redundancy and avoiding an employment tribunal claim

Redundancy and avoiding an employment tribunal claim

 In the light of increased redundancies post lockdown, Gales Solicitors Partner Sarah England  is reminding businesses of the need to ensure that full and proper procedures are followed.

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Dani Lucas joins Gales Solicitors as assistant to Senior Partner

Matthew Moore, Senior Partner at Gales Solicitors has welcomed new assistant, Dani Lucas to the team.

Matthew commented, “We are delighted to welcome Dani on board. She has much experience in the legal sector, particularly in family law.  Her depth of knowledge is very much valued and her upbeat positive attitude is a real boost to the department and the firm.”

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​​​​​​​Updates in the Family Courts

 

Fact-finding and final welfare hearings

In the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, most contested fact-finding or final welfare hearings in the Family Court were adjourned, in the expectation that normal working would resume relatively soon.

Given that social distancing restrictions are likely to remain in place for many months, it is unlikely that there will be a return to the normal court working environment before the end of 2020 or even the spring of 2021.

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Working with the Family Courts during the COVID-19 pandemic

Policy position for stage 1 recovery: 1

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) åclosed all its offices on 20 March 2020. Since this date as their default position all work with children, families and the family courts has been conducted remotely.

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The Employment Implications (or Lack Thereof) of Abuse of Migrant Workers

On 22nd June 2016 the Supreme Court (Lady Hale with Lords Wilson, Reed, Hughes and Toulson) handed down probably one of the most significant decisions on the limits of the application of the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 addressing discrimination.

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Guidance on Positive Co-Parenting Programme and court updates

We are all living in very difficult and uncertain times with many restrictions being made on our lives.  This could impact on our emotional wellbeing, cause tension and arguments are likely to occur amongst people living together in these challenging circumstances, especially when children contact arrangements are considered.

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TREATING A WOMAN DIFFERENTLY BECAUSE SHE IS PREGNANT

Discriminating against a woman because she is pregnant, or suffers a pregnancy related illness or seeks to take maternity leave/ time off for ante-natal appointments has been unlawful for over 40 years.

Despite this however, over 50% of women suffer discrimination in the workplace during the protected period.

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RETURNING FROM FURLOUGH  - What to do if you feel vulnerable to catching COVID-19

As lockdown starts to lift, more and more Employees will be returning to work. It is perfectly normal for Employees to feel anxious about their safety.

Your Employer has a legal duty under Health & Safety legislation to provide you with a safe place to work.  As part of that duty, Employers should be implementing policies to ensure that the workplace is safe for you to return to.

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FAMILY LAW -life after lockdown and online court hearings

Matthew Moore, Senior Partner at Gales Solicitors has been reflecting on the experience of online court hearings during lockdown.

“Life under lockdown has changed how we live our daily lives. A lot of what used to be normal contact is now taking place online. The courts are no exception. Most hearings are currently taking place by telephone or video link. This has been an interesting experience as the court’s IT was not fully prepared for online working.

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