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From time to time we will post news articles and announcements relating to the firm and to various legal issues that may be of interest to you.

Personal Licences: The Looming Meltdown

An estimated 50,000 - 60,000 personal licences issued under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 (“the 2005 Act”) require to be renewed no later than 31 August next year. That deadline may seem comfortably far away. But licensing lawyers, trainers and Licensing Board clerks are already predicting a meltdown that could lead to business closures throughout the country.

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GDPR: Next of Kin Information

The GDPR came into force on 25th May 2018, but continues to raise tricky questions about what amounts to personal data and when this can be used. In this blog, we look at the GDPR implications for employers on processing next of kin or emergency contact information.

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Supreme Court upholds decision of Court of Appeal in Pimlico Plumbers Ltd and another v Smith

On 13th June 2018, the Supreme Court handed down its judgment in the appeal of  Pimlico Plumbers Ltd and another v Smith determining that a plumbing and heating engineer who worked under a contract describing him as a self-employed operative was in fact a worker within the meaning of Section 230(3) of the Employment Rights Act 1996.

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Scottish Government Introduces Damages Bill

The Scottish Government has published new legislation that it says will create a clearer, fairer and more credible way of setting of the personal injury discount rate for damages claims

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Dismissing an employee without warning for serious misconduct is not automatically unfair

It is generally considered that in cases of misconduct, an employer can only dismiss without prior warnings where there has been a finding of gross misconduct. However, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) recently made a decision indicating that this is not necessarily so, and ‘serious’ misconduct may also result in dismissal without warning depending on the circumstances of the case. 

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