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As you may be aware, the focus of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week was stress.

According to research by the charity Mind from 2014 over 56% of those surveyed revealed that they found work very or fairly stressful. That is significantly higher than those reported in relation debt/ financial problems (38%), health (29%) or relationships (20%). This may come as no surprise to some, as we spend such a significant part of our lives at work and it can impact on many aspects of our lives.

With the end of the Premier League, and only the finals of the FA Cup and Champions League left to be decided, attention now shifts to the World Cup to be hosted in Russia this summer. For everyone associated with England this is always a difficult journey, with yesterday’s announcement of England’s 23 man squad signalling the start of this journey. There is a real sense though that this journey will prove more difficult than most, both on and off the pitch.

When compulsory registration with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) was introduced for dental practices in England, another stage in the buying process was also introduced. Given that it is unlawful to operate an NHS practice without CQC registration, buyers needed to add the CQC application to their ‘to do’ list when acquiring dental practices. 

The focus of Mental Health Awareness Week this year is “Stress: are we coping?” and there is clear evidence to show that physical exercise and participation in team sports can be an effective way to manage stress levels and other mental health conditions.

In October 2017, the Government commissioned an independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983 (“the Mental Health Act”). The review panel consisted of Professor Sir Simon Wessely (the chair) and vice chairs Stephen Gilbert, Sir Mark Hedley and Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger. 

The sole focus was to consider and make recommendations on improving the legislation and practice around the Mental Health Act. The fundamental principle focus was around:-

             a)         More people being sanctioned; and

In the recent case of Persimmon Homes –v- Hillier and others [2018], the High Court took the unusual step of rectifying the terms of a completed share purchase agreement (and related disclosure letter), in order to give effect to what the court believed to be the parties’ common intentions at the time of the deal, having regard to the nature of their pre-completion negotiations.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission “EHRC” will begin its investigations into employers who have failed to comply with their gender pay gap (“GPG”) reporting obligations this June.

Noticeably, two weeks before the deadline for gender pay gap reporting (6 April 2018) it was widely publicised that nearly 6,000 companies were yet to submit their GPG report.  This is a disappointing approach from some businesses, which could easily have had an adverse impact on the PR, recruitment and internal employee engagement of a business.

A recent case brought against Ashford Borough Council (ABC) demonstrates just how costly unlawful eviction practices can be for landlords.

Lutman v Ashford Borough Council, unreported, Canterbury County Court, 05 October 2017.

Mrs Lutman had been a secure tenant of ABC since 2011. Her husband, Mr Lutman, also lived in the property in question.

Last week, the High Court in London ruled in favour of a businessman who had been unsuccessful in his request for Google to remove search results regarding his conviction from 10 years ago of conspiring to intercept communications for which he spent 6 months in jail.

Google says that of the 2.4 million requests they have received since the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled in 2014 that “irrelevant” and outdated data should be erased, commonly known as the ‘right to be forgotten’, they have removed links to approximately 800,000 pages.

The hospitality sector has been under fire in recent months as a result of practices which, whilst common in the industry, are criticised as being practices which take advantage of lower paid workers.