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New decision on marital status discrimination

  • Bircham Dyson Bell
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  • United Kingdom
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  • February 10 2012

In Dunn v Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management, the EAT has held that discrimination by reason of ‘marital status’ can include less favourable treatment because an employee is married to a particular person, rather than just because that employee is married

Caution: avoid mention of legal advice in statements

  • Bircham Dyson Bell
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  • United Kingdom
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  • August 5 2011

The Court of Appeal in the case of D (a child) has held that the attachment of privilege to legal advice was waived when that advice was referred to in detail in the contents of a witness statement from one of the parties in child care proceedings

Hearsay evidence not admissible

  • Bircham Dyson Bell
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  • United Kingdom
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  • August 5 2011

The Administrative Court has held to be ‘irrational’ and a breach of Article 6 of the ECHR a decision by the General Medical Council (GMC) to admit hearsay evidence when such evidence would not be admissible under the criminal laws of evidence

Supreme Court rules on legal representation at disciplinary hearings

  • Bircham Dyson Bell
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  • United Kingdom
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  • August 5 2011

The Supreme Court has heard the appeal in R (on the application of G) v Governors of X School 2011 UKSC 30 brought by a School against a decision by the High Court (upheld by the Court of Appeal) that G, a teacher accused of inappropriate sexual misconduct with a pupil, should be entitled to legal representation at his disciplinary hearing