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The Liverpool Derby on 5 January 2018 may seem a distant memory, especially for Everton fans who probably wanted to quickly forget their ousting from The FA Cup third round by their cross city rivals. The FA on the other hand have been deliberating over an incident in this match for over 6 weeks, and it shows how seriously The FA continue to take allegations of discrimination.

There can often be a dramatic fallout when a relationship comes to an end, and, in light of the decision in UK Mission Enterprise Limited v Peter Lendvai [Unreported], it would appear that the termination of an employment relationship is no different.

Ownership in the dental sector continues to be more diverse than in other healthcare settings, with sole practitioners and single site businesses continuing to be the norm rather than the exception. However, we wonder whether this will continue to be the case in coming years.

In the absence of a written partnership agreement signed by all partners, can a new GP partnership be created (and an existing partnership be dissolved) through verbal agreement alone?  Yes, held the Court of Appeal in the recent decision of Cheema –v- Jones.

On 1 January 2018, The Ionising Radiation Regulations 2017 (IRR17) replaced The Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999 (IRR99). For the most part the regulations remain largely unchanged. However, the new regulations introduce a three-point risk based system of regulatory control. Employers will need to apply to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) depending on the work relating to ionising radiation being carried out at their practice. The application will either be notification, registration or an application for consent.

There has recently been significant media coverage about the separation of Ant McPartlin from his wife Lisa Armstrong. Ant and Lisa formed their relationship at the age of 19. Now, at the age of 42, he has a reported net-worth of £62million. Lisa is a high earner in her own right, working as a TV makeup artist.

Today the Supreme Court rejected a plea for relief from a Litigant in Person (LiP) who had failed to strictly adhere to the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR).

By way of background, the case involved Mr Barton who sought to bring a claim for professional negligence against Wright Halsall, his previous solicitors, which was issued on 25 February 2013. The Claim Form would have been served by the Court upon the Defendant, however, pursuant to the exception in CPR 6.4(b) Mr Barton elected to serve it himself.

These new limits have been set by the recently published Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2018. The new limits apply where the event giving rise to compensation or payment occurs on or after 6 April 2018.

This means that where a dismissal or relevant event occurs before this date, the old limits will still apply, irrespective of the date on which compensation is awarded. 

With effect from 6 April 2018 the main changes will be:

Disputes regarding the scope and application of repairing obligations in leases frequently arise and, given the financial implications for the parties involved, are significant.

The recent decision in De Havailland Studios Ltd v Peries v Voysey [2017] UKUT 322 (LC) Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) provides a useful reference on the question of choice of whether to repair or replace and whose choice it is.

On 21 January 2018 the Government announced the creation of a new Office for Product Safety Standards (“OPSS”) which is tasked with “identifying consumer risks and managing response to large-scale product recalls and repairs”.

The announcement comes as part the Government’s response to the Working Group on Product Recalls and Safety. The report, published in July 2017, recommended the “need for a centralised technical and scientific resource capability to support decision making and co-ordination of activity of Local Authorities and the businesses they regulate”