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Andrew Cowan and Kirsty Thompson join HQN video blog on the recent Kids Company High Court judgment
Andrew Cowan, Partner and Head of Social Housing, and Kirsty Thompson, Partner in our Employment team, have taken part in a Housing Quality Network video blog, discussing the recent High Court judgment on Kids Company.
Devonshires Leeds Office celebrates its fourth Anniversary
Happy Anniversary to our Leeds office, which is celebrating its fourth anniversary tomorrow!
Double hire for Devonshires as Leeds expansion continues
Our Leeds office has recruited two new Solicitors to our growing team in the city.
Devonshires maintains 100% newly-qualified retention rate for two years running
Devonshires maintains 100% newly-qualified retention rate for two years running.
More employees likely to face pay cuts as furlough scheme makes taking a salary reduction socially acceptable
Partner Katie Maguire comments that thousands more UK workers could face pay cuts because the Furlough Scheme has made it more ‘socially acceptable’ for employers to ask staff to take a permanent salary reduction.
Summer Statement 2020: Employment Programmes
Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced his 3 point plan to get millions of people back to work: 1) to support people to find jobs, 2) to create jobs, and 3) to protect jobs. In this article, we focus on the employment programmes that were announced.
Testing of employees for COVID-19
From 29 April 2020, the eligibility criteria for who can be tested for COVID-19 have been expanded.
A message to our clients regarding Coronavirus/Covid 19
We are confident that our Business Continuity Plans will enable us to maintain our high level of service quality for clients.
Off-Payroll Working: How to take “reasonable care” when making a status determination
One of the key aspects of the new off payroll working rules is the obligation on the client to determine the status of a contractor providing services through an intermediary.
Devonshires cements its commitment to the North with Leeds office expansion
We are pleased to announce that our Leeds office has moved to larger premises in the city to accommodate planned expansion.
“If it walks like a duck…” The impact of new Off-Payroll Working Rules
In April 2020, a new regime replacing IR35 will come into effect for medium and large private sector organisations.
How to carry out a disciplinary investigation
Employers must appoint the right investigating officer, approach suspension with caution and gather as much evidence as possible, advises Jane Bowen