Are your staff too hot to work?

Nothing can lift your mood like glorious sunshine. Except perhaps when you’re stuck in a hot office or factory on a boiling hot day. So, what does the law say on workplace temperature? Is there such a thing as it being ‘too hot to work’? Can staff wear what they want on hot days to keep cool?  

An employer has a duty to provide a safe working environment and to assess the health and safety risks to their employees but unfortunately the law does not state a minimum or maximum workplace temperature.

HR and Employment Training Sessions

Our experienced HR and Employment team can provide practical and straightforward training on a wide range of topics that are relevant to your business and staff.

These training sessions are intended to be held in private with only people from your organisation present, allowing you to talk freely about issues affecting your business.  This can be in the comfort of your own premises or at our office in Cardiff - whichever you prefer.  

Ask the Lawyer: Collective Redundancies

In light of the news that Barclays Bank has announced 200 job losses in Cardiff, our Employment Team has considered some of the frequently asked questions regarding large-scale redundancies.

What is a collective redundancy?

A collective redundancy is when an employer proposes to make 20 or more employees redundant within 90 days.

Christian Louboutin is no longer seeing red after he wins trademark case.

It is every girl’s dream to own a pair of Louboutin’s. However over recent months, for eminent shoe designer Christian Louboutin, the instantly recognisable design has been the subject of his worst nightmares.

The iconic shoe design features a shiny red sole, which has grown to become the brand’s signature. Christian Louboutin created his first pair back in 1993 after he painted the soles with red nail varnish and, since then, the brand has retained a vast celebrity following and continued to grow from strength to strength.

Berry Smith shortlisted again for Property Law Firm of the Year

Berry Smith’s Commercial Property team has again been shortlisted for Property Law Firm of the Year at the Insider Wales Property Awards which are being held on Thursday 28th June at Cardiff City Hall.

The Commercial Property team is led by partners Martin Pursall and Chris Jones plus consultant Roger Berry, all of whom are recommended in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners legal directories. The department has a total of 11 fee earners plus 5 support staff.

Home Truths – What is the effect of a Home Rights Notice?

Q - Before I met, and later married, my husband of five years, I purchased my home (which I still own in my sole name). I have recently fallen out with my husband and, following a big argument, I asked him to leave. Several days later I agreed to a reconciliation; shortly after my husband returned to the home, I received a letter from the HM Land Registry notifying me that a Home Rights Notice had been registered against my home. When I questioned my husband, he said that it will stop me from being able to throw him out again. Is this right?

Fair Share of Assets when you Divorce

Q - I am currently getting divorced from my husband after 20 years of marriage. Whilst I worked during the marriage, these were mostly secretarial/administrative roles with a low salary. In contrast my husband had his own company, which has been very successful and helped pay for our lifestyle and the home. We are currently trying to resolve financial matters, but my husband is saying he should have the lion’s share due to his special contribution (i.e. we wouldn’t have had so much money if he hadn’t worked so hard).

Non-compliance with a Child Arrangement Order

Q - I separated from my partner several years ago and have had great difficulty gaining access to my children. Eventually, I was able to obtain a court order setting out the times the children were to spend time with me, but my ex refuses to comply with it. The order says that my ex could be sent to prison and/or fined if she does not comply. Is this correct?

Pre-Nuptial Agreements

Katie McColgan, partner and head of the Family team at Berry Smith, looks at some of the most often asked questions about Pre-nuptial agreements

Why should someone consider a pre-nuptial agreement?

Whilst you should always enter into marriage prepared to emotionally and financially invest to make it work, this important step can provide peace of mind, that assets which you or your family have built up over years, would not be lost if the marriage ended.

What does drawing up a pre-nuptial agreement entail?