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Employees who ignore restrictive covenants in their employment contract by moving from one company to a named competitor may find themselves out of work, according to a Manchester court.

It's often thought that a provision banning an employee from moving directly to a named competitor may be unenforceable as being in restraint of trade, and indeed that was the argument advanced by Sales Team Leader Benjamin Johnson at Manchester's High Court.

TEAM (The Employment Agents Movement) has reappointed leading law firm Brabners as Principal Legal Advisor.

TEAM is the largest network of independent recruiters in the UK with currently over 500 locations. Brabners has a well-established relationship with TEAM; in addition to being the network’s Principal Legal Advisor for a further two years, the firm is regional advisor to the Midlands, North West, North East and South West England.

North West law firm Brabners is hosting a seminar on holiday pay to guide employers through the impact of recent European and UK case law in this area including the scenario of potential back pay claims from employees – going back 6 years and beyond!

Employment law specialists from the firm will consider the many unanswered questions in this unsettled area of law and offer both a comprehensive review of the position to date along with strategic guidance for employers, business owners and HR professionals tasked with handling this difficult issue.

Brabners has combined its Employment and Pensions teams, to respond to the increasing trend of employers seeking combined employment and pensions law advice when harmonising employee benefits.

A number of changes to legislation including the introduction of the auto enrolment regime, the abolition of the default retirement age and issues relating to the flexible retirement of staff often require legal advice in both an employment and pensions context.  The firm’s employment and pensions lawyers are currently advising employers and pension scheme trustees on these key issues.

North West law firm Brabners has made up one Partner, five Senior Associates and two Associates in its annual round of promotions.

FCSA has announced the appointment of three new code reviewers: Brabners, BDO, and Saffery Champness.  All FCSA code assessors are either Chartered Accountants or Regulated Solicitors, and have demonstrable experience of specialising in the freelance sector. 
 
Brabners are nationally recognised experts in the law relating to the recruitment sector, and will work alongside BDO to provide the specialist legal element of FCSA code reviews. 
 

With less than a week to go until the start of the World Cup in Brazil, employers should be thinking how the event might impact their organisation, says Joseph Shelston, Employment Law Partner at law firm Brabners.

Although the event is taking place outside of the UK, it is still likely to cause a shift in behaviour amongst the UK workforce with an increase in requests for annual leave, sickness absence and website use during working hours.

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has reappointed leading North West law firm Brabners to its legal Business Partnership Scheme for REC members, which complements its existing legal service offering.

Following an extensive tender process, Brabners was initially appointed for a 12 month period due to their expertise within the recruitment sector and their appointment has now been extended.

TEAM (The Employment Agents Movement) has appointed Paul Chamberlain, Partner and head of Employment law at Brabners’ Manchester office, to its Professional Standards Committee.

A new regime for dealing with disputes between employers and employees is coming into force on 6 April 2014. These important changes will affect all employers and substantially alter the employment landscape, says North West law firm Brabners.

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