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This week’s MMD combines our usual podcast and video updates with an insight from our Commercial department on unfair contractual terms.

We also have two events coming up in Bradford and Wakefield on the subjects of Equality and Diversity and Workplace Restructures respectively.

To register your place please respond by return or email the team at


Episode 6 – Severely Fatigued Solicitor

 Join Sam and Nils this week as Sam reviews an unfair dismissal case from the Employment Tribunal and gives advice on the steps that should be taken if you have a similar case, whilst Nils advises on the process of applying for a sponsor licence.

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Each week on the podcast we will answer any of your questions on employment, regulatory law, or any other topic. Please email to team at


In with the old, out with the EU

The Government is legislating to amend and codify a number of holiday rights which derive from EU legislation and case law; we also consider changes to TUPE which are likely to come into force during 2024.

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In the News


There have been lots of relevant employment law/HR updates this week.

Severely fatigued solicitor unfairly sacked over absences

The Claimant was a full-time director at Duncan Lewis Solicitors. The Claimant suffered from extreme fatigue which caused a lack of energy, difficulty reading documents, problems concentrating and lack of sleep. His symptoms got progressively worse throughout the lockdown period in March 2020 which ultimately led to his dismissal in November that year due to repeated absences after failing to work for 70 days between April and October 2020. It was confirmed in the tribunal that the Claimant had asked for help due to his illness, however workplace adjustments and offers of support were not followed up. The Claimant admitted to not reporting his absences as he was too unwell and could not carry out basic tasks. It was concluded there were no reasonable grounds for the firm to believe the Claimant’s illness-related absence was misconduct, and Duncan Lewis made incorrect assumptions about his health. The firm was found to have failed to take into account the solicitor’s health reasons for his absence and did not consider or commission medical evidence to understand his condition.

Mr C Orogbu v Duncan Lewis Solicitors Ltd: 3201906/2021 – GOV.UK (  


We have lots of exciting events coming up which we would love for you to be a part of.

To register your interest in any event, please email We look forward to seeing you there!

Equality & Diversity Seminar Event

Networking Breakfast Seminar

With a selection of breakfast bites and beverages, we would love for you to join us from 8:30am for registration.


Thursday 7th December 2023


8:30am – 10:00am


Bradford Bulls’ Odsal Stadium


Chadwick Lawrence is proud to present an Equality & Diversity Seminar Event on Thursday 7 December 2023 at the Bradford Bulls’ Odsal Stadium. We look forward to presenting on how employers can encourage equality and diversity within the workplace, highlighting the law that protects the employees and employer, and the types of discrimination that happens within a working environment. We will also be assessing the importance of positive culture within any workplace and present a case study with the opportunity for our guests to engage in a Q&A session. We aim for our guests to go away with an understanding on how to best manage and negate these issues in practice.
Annual Salary Guide and Workplace Restructures


Networking Breakfast Seminar in conjunction with Hays Recruitment and Wakefield Trinity


Wednesday 24th January 2024


8:30am – 10:00am


East Stand Suite at Wakefield Trinity


Chadwick Lawrence in conjunction with Hays Recruitment and Wakefield Trinity are pleased to invite you to attend our Networking Breakfast Seminar Event. Taking place at the newly refurbished East Stand Suite at Wakefield Trinity on the morning of 24 January 2024, the seminar will cover Hays Recruitment’s Annual Salary Guide and company restructures. With a selection of breakfast bites and unlimited beverages, we would love for you to join us.


This week, Jake Bedford from our Corporate and Commercial department has prepared an article on the recent decision on the case of Pinewood Technologies Asia Pacific Ltd v Pinewood Technologies PLC.  Should you require any of our services, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us and we would be happy to help.

Pinewood Technologies Asia Pacific Ltd -v- Pinewood Technologies


Through our relationship with Tailored Learning Solutions who provide mental health first aid courses in our business, we are now able to announce that we are running multiple courses, including MHFA England Adult Courses, Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace Course – For Managers (Non Accredited Course), and Understanding Suicide Intervention at our Wakefield office.

There are events taking place at our Wakefield office as follows:

MHFA England Adult Courses

  • 28/29th November 2023 – 2 days, 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

The details of these sessions can be found at the Tailored Learning Solutions website:

If you would like further information and details of the cost for these events, please email


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