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From 1 February 2016, all private landlords in England will have to check that new tenants have the right to be in the UK before renting out their property (right to rent).  The Immigration Act 2014 prohibits private landlords of residential properties from allowing certain people to occupy those properties based on the immigration status of the occupiers. Landlords will have to check the status of prospective tenants, and other authorised occupiers, to ascertain whether those parties have the right to occupy the premises before granting a tenancy. Landlords must also make sure that someone’s right to occupy the premises does not lapse. Breaching the prohibition could lead to a civil penalty of up to £3,000.

christos-newsName: Christos Christou
Position: Solicitor-advocate in the civil and criminal litigation teams


How long have you been practising?

Since 2001



When did you join LLB?

February 2014


What is your role here?

I am on the civil and litigation teams.
In civil litigation I advise clients on their legal issues and make applications to the court on their behalf and attend hearings.

As to the criminal work, I am a solicitor-advocate and attend the police station, magistrates court and crown court to represent clients.

There has been much talk recently about the rise of zero hours contracts. On the one hand they provide flexibility to both the employer and the employee. On the other it is often said that they make the employee very vulnerable to the need for their services and unable to rely upon a regular income stream.
The case of Southern - v - Britannia Hotels Limited  and Another suggests that employers need to be alert to the fact that Tribunals may take a view that employees working on a zero hours contract are more vulnerable than those working on standard fixed hour contracts.

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Name:        Lucy Robinson
Position:    FCILEx – Charity Team


How long have you been practising?
For three years as a chartered Legal Executive.


When did you join LLB?
In 1997. Before qualifying I was a legal secretary / paralegal before retraining to qualify as lawyer. Before qualifying I was primarily assisting as a paralegal in the charity team so know my way around charity law well!

Everybody knows (or should know) that the Equality Act 2010 protects disabled employees. Disability is a protected characteristic. Employers are required to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that those with a protected characteristic are not placed as a disadvantage by virtue of that characteristic. This is often called the duty to make reasonable adjustments. However when does that duty arise? In the case of Doran -v - Department for Work and Pensions the Employment Appeal Tribunal (in Scotland) helped to clarify this. Miss Doran started working for the Respondent in 2009 but unfortunately developed health problems which culminated in her being signed off work for a long period due to stress related illness.

Now that there is no statutory retirement age, many people work well into their 60’s and early 70’s and sometimes this creates difficulties.
Take the recent case of an employee whose hearing was deteriorating to such an extent that they were finding it increasingly difficult to continue in their work. The employers knew this and appeared sympathetic and reasonable. Ultimately it was agreed that the employee concerned would simply retire and receive a nominal payment to mark the fact that they had worked loyally for the company concerned for over 30 years. Fortunately the employee concerned took advice.

Do I have to pay tax when I am being made redundant/my employment is being ended?

It is very common for contracts of employment to end by agreement, leading to a termination payment incorporated in a Settlement Agreement. The termination payment might be made up of several different elements including payment in lieu of notice (PILON), compensation for loss of office, statutory redundancy and in certain cases damages. The termination payment will include a payment in relation to any holiday that the employee has accrued and has not taken. It is often thought that all payments made on termination of employment up to £30,000 are free of tax and National Insurance payments. However, that is not the case.

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