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Miller Samuel Hill Brown Solicitors Blog

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.
An employment tribunal has ruled that a belief in Scottish independence qualifies as a “philosophical belief” under The Equality Act 2010 and accordingly benefits from the anti-discrimination protections of the Act.
Since the introduction of the GDPR in May 2018, the Information Commissioner (ICO) has yet to take action in relation to any complaints under the new rules, with most of its recent enforcement decisions relating to matters which occurred before the GDPR came into force.
Westminster’s Women and Equalities Committee has now produced its report on sexual harassment in the workplace after a six-month investigation. The report was initiated earlier this year in light of widespread reports of instances of sexual harassmen
In a recent blog we flagged concerns that applications to renew over 50,000 personal licences threatened to swamp Licensing Boards’ resources - a tsunami that could wash away thousands of licences and result in business closures.
Employers and employees alike will often ask for advice in relation to references after an employment relationship has ended. This is an issue we are often asked about and it is surprising how often some common misconceptions arise. Firstly, clients
The Scottish Government issued a Consultation Paper relating to the reform of Child Law in Scotland earlier this year.  The last date for submitting responses to the Consultation Paper is 7 August and individuals can make their views known if th
In a recent case, the Court of Appeal held that a fair dismissal can amount to discrimination arising from disability under the Equality Act where an employee is dismissed for misconduct caused by their disability. This can be the case even if the employer did not know that the disability caused the misconduct.
View our July 2018 newsletter here. 
The recent stream of high profile cases dealing with worker status in the gig economy have considered whether individuals can be considered workers, as opposed to self-employed contractors, against the backdrop of claims for monetary rights and benefits such as the national minimum wage and holiday pay.
It seems like in 2018 every week has brought news of another CVA or company administration.  A number of major High Street retailers have embarked on CVAs this year, including New Look, Carpetright, Mothercare and House of Fraser.  There ha
Buying a house is anecdotally one of the most stressful events in a person’s life – so spare a thought for the Pursuers in Anwar and Another v Britton and Another [2018] SC FAL 31.  Mr. and Mrs. Anwar not only had to go through the stress of buy
A diabetic Belfast woman has been awarded £2,000 compensation after security staff at a concert confiscated her bottle of fizzy juice. Kayla Hanna, who was 18 at the time of the incident, was carrying Lucozade to provide glucose in the event that her blood sugar levels dropped.