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Part 2 of 2 - In-depth review of November 2020 Lloyds Bank Judgment

25 Feb 2021
As reported in our article in November, GMP Equalisation - transfers out, the most recent judgment in the series of Lloyds Bank cases, handed down in November 2020 (the Transfer Judgment), considered the obligations on trustees of contracted out defined benefit schemes who had transferred out benefits to other pension schemes.

The Official Receiver and Kids Company case – long-awaited, unexpected or not?

25 Feb 2021
On 12 February 2021 the High Court delivered its verdict on "Kids Company" – technically The Official Receiver v Atkinson & Ors. The case considered the possibility of director disqualification orders being made against trustees of the insolvent charity Kids Company, and whether the charity's Chief Executive Officer should be classed as a "de facto" director, and also disqualified.

Equality and diversity – when did you last carry out refresher training?

23 Feb 2021
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) recently held in Allay (UK) Ltd v Gehlen that an employer was not able to rely on the "reasonable steps" defence to a harassment claim and therefore had to pay a former employee compensation of just over £5,000. It had provided training to the perpetrator and other employees around 20 months before the harassment took place but the EAT held that the training had become stale and needed refreshing, meaning that the employer could not use the defence and was liable for the harassment.

Scotland: building and fire safety regulation post-Grenfell

22 Feb 2021
Following the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, the UK Government has been reviewing and taking steps to reform our building and fire safety regimes.

However, one thing that is often overlooked in discussions around building and fire safety is the fact that the starting points for reviewing and improving this around the UK, particularly England and Scotland, are different.