Martin Pratt

Working from home – are your employees’ home offices fit for purpose?

Over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, many of my employer clients have opened new offices, from Sussex to Scotland and further afield in sunnier, overseas locations, such as France, Italy and New...


HR must heed the warnings of IR35 tribunals

Mote Cricket Club is now listed alongside Uber and Pimlico Plumbers as an organisation hauled through the tribunals by individuals asserting that they were employees or workers, not contractors.


High Court issues groundbreaking injunction over misuse of LinkedIn

Employers seeking recovery of business cards on their employee’s Rolodex brought court actions in the twentieth century. It was probably inevitable then we would see similar claims in the...


Vicarious Employer Liability: Did Sainsbury’s failure to deal with a grievance lead to murder?

Last month (April 2012), the Scottish civil courts refused to dismiss a claim seeking to hold Sainsbury’s plc liable for the death of a former employee. The family of murdered Roman Romasov, who was a...


Costa Concordia: rushing to blame an employee without knowing the facts?

At first glance it seems odd to draw parallels between Francesco Schettino, the captain of the stricken Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia, currently under house arrest suspected of the manslaughter...