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Litigation

Debt Recovery - Changes to the Creditor's Bankruptcy Petition

In January this year it was announced that the minimum amount for a creditor’s bankruptcy petition would be increasing from £750 to £5,000 – a rather large leap for those chasing debts owed by individuals! With the Order to raise the limit now approved it is time for creditors to understand the impact of the changes and assess whether they need to start recovery proceedings before the amendment takes effect on 1 October 2015.

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Employment

Changing Employees' Terms and Conditions

Making beneficial changes to an employee’s contract such as a pay rise or extra holiday entitlement will rarely be contested, but the case is often very different when any changes are perceived as detrimental. So what changes can employers legally make to their employee’s contracts? In this article employment Solicitor Chris Aldridge reviews the current position regarding contractual variation and highlights some recent cases on the topic.

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Employment

Delaying resignation due to long-term sickness can be fatal to a constructive dismissal claim

In this employer friendly decision, the EAT has held that a Tribunal was right to reject a claimant's argument that she was too ill to resign while on long-term sickness absence and conclude that she had affirmed her contract. The EAT held that the claimant’s actions in accepting sick pay, claiming permanent health insurance, attending return to work meetings, and delaying her resignation by 18 months following the fundamental breach complained of, had shown an intention to treat the employment relationship as continuing and not as being irrevocably broken.

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