Jane Dwyer Presented at Marie Curie Cancer Care’s “Gift for the Future” Event

September 2013

Private client solicitor Jane Dwyer presented at Marie Curie Cancer Care’s “Gift for the Future” event in Oxford.

The event took place yesterday, on Monday 9th September, at Balliol College in Oxford. “Gift for the Future” events are organised by Marie Curie to inform people about the vital work carried out by the charities’ nurses, and specifically about how leaving a gift in your will, enables them to continue to provide free care for patients with terminal illnesses.

Jane spoke about the importance of making a will, and the benefits of having one professionally drawn up, answering questions from the attendees after her presentation.

For further information on making or changing a will, please contact Jane Dwyer on 01296 318525, or email Jane.Dwyer@parrottandcoalesllp.co.uk


Employment Updates - July 2013



Fees Payable in the Employment Tribunal - Reminder


Just a quick reminder that as from Monday 29 July 2013 fees are payable to present a complaint to the Employment Tribunal.  For a complaint of unfair dismissal, the fee to issue the proceedings is £250, with a further fee of £950 payable in advance of the hearing.  These fees are payable by the employee unless they qualify for remission.  If the complaint is upheld, however, it is likely that the employer will be ordered to repay the amount of these fees to the employee.    


New employment tribunal rules of procedure also come into force on 29 July 2013. 



Unfair Dismissal Cap


From Monday 29 July 2013 the maximum compensatory award payable for a successful complaint of unfair dismissal changes to £74,200 (the current limit) or one year’s pay, whichever is the lower. 



Pre-Termination Negotiations


Confidential pre-termination negotiations come into force on 29 July 2013.  From this date, employers can make offers of settlement to employees even where there is no current dispute and these offers cannot be used as evidence in cases of ordinary unfair dismissal (unless there was some ‘improper behaviour’ by the employer). 


Also from 29 July 2013 Compromise Agreements are re-named “Settlement Agreements”. 


ACAS has published a Code of Practice to accompany the above, which can be found at:





Sickness & Holiday


Currently, employers have to provide workers with 5.6 weeks’ paid holiday, which is made up of 4 weeks’ ordinary leave and 1.6 weeks’ additional leave.  Although workers should be allowed to carry over the 4 weeks’ ordinary leave to the next leave year if they are unable to take holiday due to sickness, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has recently ruled that the 1.6 weeks’ additional leave does not carry over automatically in the absence of any agreement between the parties.  The case in question is Sood Enterprises v Healy [2013] UKEAT