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In this week’s MMD we have our usual update from the podcast and media hub.

This week, we have a guest contribution from Oliver Newton in our Complete Property Solutions team who has provided an update on Restrictive Covenants in Land.

Finally, there is still time to register for our upcoming seminar at Wakefield Trinity, where we will be speaking on the subject of AI as well as giving an employment law update. To register please reply to this email or contact us at


Episode 26: Company Awards and Speed Limits Explored

Join Sam and Nils this week as they provide their insights into company awards and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of imposing a 20-mph speed limit.



Purely cosmetic

In this video, we consider leave and pay requirements arising from an employee’s decision to undergo elective or cosmetic surgery. Importantly, employers should also be aware of potential Equality Act implications, depending on the reasoning behind such procedures.

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In the News


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

Worker who was offered a chair loses age discrimination claim

The Claimant in this case was a 66-year-old man who worked for Severn Waste Services and had done so since 2006. He was the only person aged over 66 at the recycling operator, although over half of the workforce were aged over 50. The employee went on a period of sick leave which lasted a total of 15 months before the Claimant was dismissed in October 2023. The tribunal heard that during his period of sick leave, the Company had undertaken a detailed welfare process with referrals to occupational health, something which would demonstrate its commitment to retaining the employee.

Following his dismissal, the Claimant brought tribunal proceedings for age discrimination and listed a number of incidents which he believed amounted to discriminatory behaviour. This list highlighted a specific incident where a colleague had asked the Claimant if he wanted a chair, which he felt stood out as no-one else was offered a seat in the same situation.

Although the tribunal did dismiss the claim, it did however note that the offer of the chair could be viewed as “unusual”. It stated “the question is whether a reasonable employee in the claimant’s situation could see it as detrimental, that is to his disadvantage. Given that we found it was an unusual thing to do, in our judgment the claimant could legitimately conclude that he was being treated differently to others and therefore disadvantageously.”



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!

Use of Artificial Intelligence in the Industry and Re-cap of Employment Law Updates- May 2024Wednesday 22 May 2024

08:30 am – 10:00 am

Wakefield Trinity

Arrival from 08:30 am

Chadwick Lawrence and Hays Recruitment invite you to attend their Breakfast Seminar Event in Wakefield from 8:30am on Wednesday 22 May 2024.

The seminar will be focused on Artificial Intelligence (AI) use in the Legal Industry and a re-cap of the Employment Law Update. Sam Pawson will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of AI and the effect of the new policy changes for employers.

Unlimited beverages and breakfast will be available from registration at 8:30am.

The presentation will start at 9:00am with a scheduled finish time of 10:00am.



This week, Oliver Newton from our Complete Property Solutions  team has prepared an article on restrictive covenants.  For further information on this matter, please contact us and we will put you in touch with Oliver.

Upper Lands Tribunal



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)

  • 26/27th June (FULLY BOOKED)
  • 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)

  • 28th 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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