Webinar: Looking back going forward: an employment law update

At the beginning of 2020 the focus of Employment Lawyers and HR professionals was on the impact of Brexit on the workplace. Then, when the pandemic struck and the Coronavirus Act 2020 was introduced, focus switched to home workers, key workers (those not able to work from home), the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the […]

Moore Barlow advises Thirdspace on strategic deal with TIG

Deal creates the UK’s Leading Advanced Digital MSP Moore Barlow has advised ThirdSpace, the UK’s leading professional services provider of Microsoft Identity and Cyber Security solutions, as it joins forces with TiG, one of the UK’s leading Cloud, Data Analytics and Managed Services providers to the financial services sector. The strategic acquisition by TiG creates […]

Webinar: Dealing with Charity Property – an overview of the requirements of the Charities Act and how to comply with them

Many charities have property assets, which are sometimes quite substantial. The Charities Act imposes various requirements in relation to dealings with charity property to ensure that the assets are protected for charitable purposes. In this webinar, Gordon Reid and George Shepherd from the Charities Team at Moore Barlow explain the requirements and how charity trustees […]

Webinar: Independent schools – Strategic planning for the challenges of 2021

After one of the most challenging years in recent memory, strategic planning for the year to come has never been more vital. In this wide-ranging webinar Joanna Lada-Walicki, Adam McRae-Taylor and Gordon Reid consider the key topics on the agenda for independent school senior leaders and governors for the year ahead. Topics covered include: The […]

Improper behaviour can lead to section 111A negotiations being admissible in Court

In the case of Harrison v Aryman Limited, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“the EAT”) has recently decided that a pre-termination negotiation letter that was sent from an employer to an employee could potentially be admissible in evidence. Ms Harrison (“the Claimant”) issued a claim against the Respondent (Aryman Limited) for a number of claims including unfair […]

Vegetarianism is not a Protected Characteristic

The Employment Tribunal (“the ET”) has recently handed down judgment in the case of Conisbee v Crossley that vegetarianism is not a philosophical belief amounting to a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010. A philosophical belief is one which must satisfy one of the following: The belief must be genuinely held and not a mere opinion […]

Preventing Charity fraud – new Charity Commission guidance

The Charity Commission has recently issues important new guidance on preventing charity fraud which should be incorporated by all schools into their fraud action plan. The Charity Commission’s strategy is as follows. 5 tactics to fight back against charity fraud Recognise the Risk:Schools make very tempting targets and the Charity Commission are keen that governors […]

Immigration update – How Brexit will affect schools sponsoring international students

In this article we look at the recent developments affecting schools sponsoring international students, and discuss some of the anticipated changes that may come into force after Brexit. Errors on student Biometric Residence Permits There has been an increase in the number of academic institutions reporting incorrectly printed Biometric Residence permits issued to their students […]

Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) Update – recent developments

The past few months have seen a number of developments regarding the on-going impact of increases in employer contributions to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) on the independent schools sector. It has now become apparent that significant numbers of independent schools have left (or are leaving) the TPS. As of 1 September 2019, 62 schools […]

Autumn 2019 Legal Update for Schools

Welcome to the November 2019 Schools Legal Update. We hope that you will find this informative and useful in keeping you up to date. This edition covers the following topical issues: The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) – An update SEN exclusions – the Tribunal’s power to revoke discriminatory exclusions No pro-rating of […]

Fee fraud – what can schools do?

“Invoice fraud”, “mandate fraud”, “transfer fraud”: this particular scam has acquired many names over the years and now fraudsters are known to be targeting parents of children at independent schools. Fraudsters obtain access to a school’s IT system (or replicate a school email). They then email parents informing them that the school’s account details have changed and […]

Spring 2019 Update for Schools

Welcome to the March 2019 Schools Update. We hope that you will find this informative and useful in keeping you up to date. TPS contributions set to rise by 43% – what’s your strategy? What counts as ‘long term’ in determining if an employee has a disability? Can a direct discrimination claim be based on […]

TPS contributions set to rise by 43% – what’s your strategy?

With employer contributions set to rise by 43% in September 2019, many schools are reviewing the viability of continued membership of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS). We can support you as you devise your strategy and assist with the logistics and practical steps. We can assist your school as you consider: Alternative pension provision, if […]