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In this week’s MMD, we start with a focus on the podcast. Nils and I were honoured to be joined by Geva Mentor  CBE and Dan Busfield from Leeds Rhinos Netball. On the podcast we discussed team culture, oversees work visas and the future of the Leeds Rhinos and the Netball Super League.

In addition, Daniel has prepared a really helpful summary of the range of reasonable responses test and how it should be applied to misconduct cases.

Finally, we have a contribution this week from out litigation team who have prepared an article on tips for facing a litigation in person in County Court actions.


Episode 21: A Leeds Rhinos Netball Special Feat. Dan Busfield and Geva Mentor CBE

In this week’s episode, Sam and Nils welcome Dan Busfield, Franchise Director for Leeds Rhinos Netball and Head of Partnerships and Development at the Leeds Rhinos Foundation and Leeds Rhinos and England Netball superstar and Goal Keeper, Geva Mentor CBE.

Join them as they delve into the fascinating world of sports law, discuss the future of the game and give their perspectives on the parallels between managing a business and leading a sports team.


Keeping it in proportion

This video considers a recent case of unfair dismissal before the Employment Appeals Tribunal which focused on a racist remark made by an employee. We examine the ‘range of reasonable responses’ test and how this should be applied in misconduct cases.

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In the News


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

Seyi Omooba dismissed from production of The Color Purple

The Christian actress was dropped from playing the role Celie, an iconic lesbian character after homophobic Facebook posts were discovered. The posts claimed that homosexuality was a ”sin,” and though the law had made it legal, it did not mean that it was right. When dismissed, the actress brought tribunal proceedings against the theatre Company for religious discrimination, breach of contract, and harassment. The tribunal heard that the Claimant had signed up to play the lead role of Celie in 2019, having not read the script for the production and was therefore unaware of the characters sexuality. She also stated that she would have refused the role had she known. The tribunal ultimately rejected her claims, in addition to making a costs order against her for ‘unreasonable conduct.’ On appeal, the original tribunal’s decision was upheld. The judge stated that the Claimant was in fact in ‘repudiatory breach of her express obligations’ and upheld the costs order against her, totalling over £300,000.


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

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Skilled Worker Visas and Mistakes to Avoid



Thursday 27 March 2024

10:00am – 10:45am

Microsoft Teams

Nils O’Donoghue of Chadwick Lawrence’s Regulatory Team will be presenting a guide to skilled worker visas on 27 March 2024.

The presentation will take place via Teams, and will last approximately 40 minutes.  Nils will talk through what a “skilled worker” is, steps that you need to take in order to ascertain a skilled worker visa for a potential hire or existing employee, and mistakes to avoid.


This week, Oliver Newton from our Dispute Resolution Department has prepared an article on whether instructing solicitors opposed to a Litigant in Person is a burden or a benefit. For further information on this matter, please contact us and we will put you in touch with Oliver.

Instructing Solicitors to oppose a litigant in person – a burden or benefit


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 at our Wakefield office including the following:

Mental Health First Aid (2 day course)

  • 24/25th April (FULLY BOOKED)
  • 26/27th June
  • 25/26th Sept

Mental Health First Aid – Refresher (1/2 day workshop)

  • 24th September

Suicide First Aid – LITE (1/2 day workshop)

  • 25th June

Suicide First Aid – Understanding Suicide Intervention (1 day workshop)

  • 25th November

Mental Health for Managers Workshop (1 day workshop)

  • 26th April
  • 14th October

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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