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HIGH COURT GRANTS RELIEF FROM SANCTIONS GRANTED FOR LATE BUDGET, WITHOUT AN APPLICATION BEING MADE

The High Court recently awarded relief from sanctions for a late cost budget, despite an application for relief not being made and the other party suggesting to the party in breach, that they should make such an application.  The automatic sanction for filing a costs budget late or not at all, is for the offending party to be unable to…

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Tribunal in Casamitjana v League Against Cruel Sports finds ethical veganism to be a protected characteristic

BY ABGIAL LENART UPDATE ON PREVIOUS ARTICLE Tribunal in Casamitjana v League Against Cruel Sports finds ethical veganism to be a protected characteristic Jordi Casamitjana, who describes himself as an ‘ethical vegan,’ brought a claim against his former employer, League Against Cruel Sport, for unfair dismissal after disclosing to other employees that its pension fund was being invested in companies…

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As 350,000 people worldwide are predicted to sign up to Veganuary 2020 – are their rights protected under the Equality Act 2010?

ARTICLE BY ABIGAIL LENART The Vegan Society commissioned Ipsos Mori in 2016 to poll 10,000 people on their dietary habits and found that there were around 540,000 vegans in the UK. If the predictions of charity ‘Veganuary’ are accurate in the number of people pledging to try veganism in January, this number is likely to increase. Veganism is defined by…

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EMPLOYMENT LAW & FREE SPEECH: THE INADEQUACIES OF THE GRAINGER CRITERIA

HERE is the judgment in the case of Maya Forstater v CGD Europe & others. I will say little in this article about the specific belief in question and instead consider the wider issue of when a belief is likely to fail the final Grainger criterion, namely being worth of respect in a democratic society, being compatible with human dignity…

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INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL CHANGE PUBLISHES SINISTER REPORT

HEREis a recently published report by a think tank called the Institute for Global Change.  The institute was founded by former Prime Minister Tony Blair. The conclusion of the report can be summarised as follows: Certain individuals such as Thomas Mair and Anders Brevik committed violence and in doing so were motivated by an identifiable world view.  Certain political organisations…

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COURT FORCES ITALY TO ACCEPT MIGRANT BOAT

A judge has overturned a decree issued by Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. The decree prevented the ship 'Open Arms', which contained migrants picked up off the coast of Libya, from entering Italian waters. The judge claimed the ban violated international laws. I do not know which law or legal instrument the decree violated or why the migrants could not…

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