First it was Hollywood, then Westminster and now the issue of managing sexual harassment in the workplace is spreading across all sectors and industries. As a result, Verisona Law’s Head of Employment, Sue Ball, is calling on employers to ensure they have robust procedures in place for handling inappropriate behaviour from staff.
Good practice vital for employers in managing tribunal claims
In July, the Supreme Court ruled that employment tribunal claim fees were unlawful, and now it’s been confirmed that an ex-employee has been granted an extension of time to pursue their out-of-date unfair dismissal claim, on the basis that the original action was dropped due to the fees.
The Government has suffered an embarrassing blow after the announcement that fees for bringing cases to an Employment Tribunal have been ruled as ‘unlawful’ by the Supreme Court.
The annual celebration of Portsmouth’s community of property professionals which took place at The Royal Maritime Club at the end of last month has been heralded a great success by organisers, guests and sponsor Verisona Law.
On Friday 24th February, over 200 people representing surveyors, estate agents, professional services and property developers gathered in the Trafalgar Ballroom of The Royal Maritime Club for the Portsmouth Property Association’s Annual Charity Dinner.
Dressed in black tie and evening dress, assembled guests including the Lord Mayor Councillor David Fuller, enjoyed a three course meal and a variety of speeches, including a highly entertaining address from Guest Speaker, The Right Honourable Michael Portillo.
The evening also raised over £4,600 for twelve local charities including the Portsmouth Autism Support Network, Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth Neonatal Unit and the Portsmouth Family Welfare Association.
‘The PPA Charity Dinner is always a great opportunity for members of the local property industry to get together before the year starts to get busy,’ says Michael Dyer, Chairman and Head of Corporate & Commercial at Verisona Law.
‘2017 is going to be an interesting year as the process of Brexit begins, so never has there been a more important time for associations such as the PPA to come together and share thoughts, experience and advice.’
Verisona Law was delighted to be part of The London Legal Support Trust's 'Legal Walk' in Chichester this month to raise money for the South and West Sussex Citizens Advice Bureau.
A team from the firm joined fellow professionals from legal firms across the region and took to the streets of Chichester, completing a course around the iconic cathedral, into rural surrounds and finishing with well-deserved refreshment at The Fountain pub in the city centre’s Southgate.
‘With Legal Aid becoming more and more difficult to access, the CAB provides legal services to 30,000 of the poorest and most vulnerable people in our area each year,’ explains Robert Small, Director and Head of Dispute Resolution at Verisona Law who was part of the team for the charity walk. ‘Obviously this is a cause close to our professional hearts and we were delighted to the event raised over £2,000 in sponsorship of those who took part.’