In a new feature on Direct 2 Lawyers, we’ll give a run-down of the best (a subjective judgment, naturally) employment law blogging from the past 7 days. We’re cheating a bit in this first post as our editor at Direct 2 Lawyers was away on holiday last week, so this post covers two weeks instead of the normal one. Anyway, sit back, strap in and enjoy the posts.

1. This post by Jamie Anderson covers the Court of Appeal’s judgment in Graham v DWP, specifically relating to the circumstances in which an employer can be deemed to have lost trust and confidence in an employee

2. This informative post from CMM addresses a recent European Court of Justice ruling on when sick workers are entitled to take holiday

3. The ever-excellent “ET Claims” informs us of the recent release of the up-to-date “Familiar Authorities” list in the Employment Tribunal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal

4. Michael Scutt’s “Jobsworth” takes a look at the Government’s stance on the reform of the Employment Tribunal system, concluding that there may be some doublespeak and potential distortion of the facts at work

5. Anya Palmer guest-posts on Darren Newman’s excellent “A Range of Reasonable Responses” blog, fisking a recent Daily Telegraph article that (intentionally or unintentionally) plays fast and loose with the facts relating to Employment Tribunal statistics. Highly recommended.

6. David Renton posts an extremely insightful article suggesting how the funding gap can be filled in the Employment Tribunal. Again, highly recommended. If you wish to read more on this topic Richard Dunstan’s recent post on “The Justice Gap” is also excellent (

7. Laurie Anstis gives us the benefit of his erudite analysis in this explanation of how precedent operates in the Employment Tribunal (and when the ET will get slapped on the wrist for breaching this rule)

8. A fantastic post from an HR professional, explaining that the ability to engage in “without prejudice” communications negates the need for the proposed “protected conversations”

9. “Screw Lord” writes a thoughtful article on the benefits of hiring an experienced discrimination lawyer to handle an employment law case (full disclosure: Direct 2 Lawyers also guest posts on the Labour Blawg)

10. This post at Redmans analyses the recent Court of Appeal case of Ranson v Customer Systems PLC, which addressed when employees may be subject to fiduciary duties (again, full disclosure: some of the writers at Direct 2 Lawyers also write for Redmans

Well, as Bugs Bunny says – “that’s all folks”. We hope you’ve found those posts as insightful as we have. Tune in next time!


The Direct 2 Lawyers Employment Team post daily on interesting employment law cases, Employment Tribunal judgments and Employment Appeal Tribunal judgments. All of the Employment Team posts are written by qualified specialist employment lawyers

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