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Remembering Liam O’Neill

All at Linder Myers were shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of William (“Liam”) O’Neill, the firm’s much loved in-house Counsel.  Liam joined Rowlands Solicitors (later to be acquired by Linder Myers) in 1988 having trained in the Property Department of Manchester City Council where he had qualified as a Fellow of the Institute…

Mercure Altrincham Bowdon Hotel – redundancy claims

Mercure staff based at the Altrincham Bowden Hotel are being made redundant after the hotel will cease to trade on the 31st October 2020. Facing redundancy due to administration The redundancy process is often a difficult time for the individuals, particularly those who have been made redundant because of a business collapse. Redundancies in these…

Total Glass redundancies and protective awards

Total Glass – redundancy claims Over 100 Total Glass employees are facing redundancy due to the collapse of the Knowsley-based company. Facing redundancy due to administration The redundancy process is often a difficult time for the individual facing redundancy, but when its a mass redundancy due to the collapse of a company it can be…

Bredbury Hall redundancies and protective awards

Bredbury Hall – redundancy claims We’re very saddened to hear of the mass redundancy at Bredbury Hall in Stockport, following its parent company, Newco Ventures Limited, falling into administration.  The business had been forced to closed its doors following the restrictions placed on the hospitality industry back in March due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,…

Can my employer change my working hours?

By law, all employers must provide their employees with a written statement of the terms and conditions of their employment – including normal working hours. However, you may find your employer wants to change your working hours. So the question is: can they do this? To begin, it’s important to note that an employment contract…

Cartwright collapse: redundancy and protective awards

Cartwright – redundancy claims Hundreds of people are expected to be made redundant after manufacturing giant Cartwright enters administration. The Cartwright Group has cited financial difficulties due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as the reason for the collapse. Facing redundancy due to the Cartwright collapse The redundancy process is often a difficult time for the…

Significant surge in divorces

As the outbreak of COVID-19 continues to take its toll, many people are continuing to see a notable impact on their personal lives. Recent studies have found that the pandemic is creating enormous pressure on relationships, with an expected surge in divorces impending. In the first weekend of September, views on the Citizens Advice divorce page were up…

Understanding restrictive covenants and furlough leave

As a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic, many employees will be made redundant through no fault of their own.  A significant number of employees will also find that they have restrictive covenants in their contracts of employment that are likely to hinder their search for alternative employment in the immediate aftermath of their redundancy. …

Redundancy rockets in the UK

As the Coronavirus outbreak takes its toll on the workplace, British employers planned more than 300,000 redundancies in June and July as reported by BBC News. A huge 1,784 firms made plans to cut approximately 150,000 jobs in July, and 1,888 planned 156,000 cuts in June.  Worryingly, this may only be the tip of the…

September 2020: the penultimate phase of the Job Retention Scheme

As of today, September 1st 2020, employers will need to pay more towards the cost of furloughed employees. Until now, the UK government has contributed 80% of the employee’s wage – capped at £2,500. That contribution has now dropped to 70%, with employer’s making up the extra 10%. Employers must also pay National Insurance and…

Virtual will signings: witnessing over video

The coronavirus pandemic has led to huge changes across every industry, and the legal profession is no different. A new law has been brought in that means wills can now legally be witnessed over video. The Wills Act 1837 stipulates that wills must be signed in the presence of two witnesses. Clearly the coronavirus pandemic…

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Furloughed employees and redundancy payments: a new law

New legislation has been brought in to ensure the fair treatment of employees on furlough leave who are being made redundant. ‘Furlough leave’ was introduced into the UK in response to the coronavirus pandemic in an effort to prevent mass redundancies. However, some businesses will still need to make redundancies despite the use of the…

Self-isolation and Statutory Sick Pay: what are the rules?

Most people will have experienced a significant change to both their work and personal life as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. While some normality seems to be resuming, it is clear from the local lockdown measures and additions to the ‘travel quarantine list’ that regular changes to regulations are to be expected for quite…

Linder Myers’ Chester team takes to the sky for charity

On Sunday 19th July,  Solicitor Chelsey and paralegal Shannon from our Chester office faced their fears to tackle a much-anticipated skydive for Clatterbridge Cancer Charity. In doing so they raised close to £2,000 and we really hope they can hit the big milestone. Well done to Chelsey and Shannon from everyone at Linder Myers! You can find…

COVID-19: Frustration of Contracts

The impact of COVID-19/Coronavirus has shaken society all across the world, both personally and professionally.  For businesses, many may have engaged in contracts prior to the pandemic that has not been completed or fulfilled, or have been delayed or hindered due to the lockdown that followed the outbreak.  In these uncertain times would it be fair…

Portsmouth Legal Specialists at Heart of Abuse Scandal

Our sister company, Verisona Law, is taking an increasingly high profile role at the centre of the most shocking child abuse scandal the UK has ever known. As the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse, IICSA, carries out its long-awaited public hearings as part of an investigation into the running of children’s homes in London…

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