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Would you employ a lap dancer? A chance to reconsider your answer!

Miss Quashie was a lap dancer at Stringfellows, who worked under a contract called the "Club Agreement", which stated that she was self-employed. Linked to this, Miss Quashie worked regularly on a rota and received "Heavenly Money" vouchers (a money substitute) from clients which Stringfellows converted into cash, subject to agreed deductions (e.g. a "commission" fee).

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Blanket CRB checks deemed incompatible with Human Rights Act

Last week the Court of Appeal concluded that "blanket" Criminal Record checks are incompatible with the Human Rights Act, in particular Article 8 which provides for a Right to Private and Family Life. The Government, in response, has announced its intention to appeal this finding within the given 28 days.

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Construction & Engineering

Court of Appeal declares that the fall in property prices in 2008 was "reasonably foreseeable"

John Grimes Partnership Limited -v- Gubbins [2013] EWCA Civ 37. In a decision that has shocked construction lawyers, the Court of Appeal has recently ruled that a developer is entitled to recover from a consulting engineer who caused delay to a residential development, losses relating to the drop in value of the houses which were completed after, rather than before, the 2008 property crash.

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