Once again the Team has had an extremely busy month of activity, providing a wide-range of advice and support to employers and engaging in a variety of practice development projects and initiatives.
Julie Dalzell, Senior Associate, has recently been focussing on the implications for employers of the apprenticeship levy, due to come into effect on 6 April. Julie attended an NECC event which provided a helpful insight for employers in the region. Julie will be speaking at an event at Middlesbrough College on the same topic on 3rd March.
Julie also attended a Middlesbrough Means Business event at Middlesbrough College’s STEM Centre to hear about current and future planned growth activity for the region and opportunities for businesses to make use of Digital City’s resources and expertise.
Amidst all of this Julie continues to take forward preparations to represent a client in a claim for unfair dismissal, whistle-blowing detriment and sex discrimination. The matter is listed for a 10-day Tribunal hearing in March with a further equal pay claim involving the same parties to be addressed at a later stage.
Stacey West, Solicitor, has been extensively engaged in representing a client in particularly sensitive and high-value claims for unfair dismissal and disability discrimination. A 10-day hearing in the matter commenced on 6 February but was stayed, the parties having reached an in-principle settlement after the Tribunal had helpfully allowed the parties the opportunity to progress negotiations that had been ongoing for some weeks before the scheduled hearing.
Stacey continues to represent Jacksons at Darlington Business Central and on 26 January attended a networking event there.
Paul Clark, Associate, continues to attend Jacksons’ Secret Tower networking club. This month’s meeting was sponsored by Jacksons’ Private Client Team and Katharine Ayris presented a talk on impending tax changes in the new financial year.
Paul attended a Service Network event on 24 January hosted by Atom Bank and on 26 January attended the Introduction to Baldwins North East event at the Baltic.
Paul also regularly works from the Open Space facility that Jacksons enjoys at Sunderland BIC and attended a Sunderland City Professionals event there on 8 February which featured the Tall Ships Race 2018.
Mark Foster, Partner, represented an employee/director/shareholder client at a Judicial Mediation appointment on 6 February and, along with Company Commercial Partner Tony Wentworth, was successful in achieving an amicable resolution to a variety of high-value claims and disputes.
Mark continues to advise a household-name food producer on a major restructuring and contract variation process and is supporting an NHS Trust on the implications of a complex TUPE transfer.
Along with Paul Clark, Mark is developing a programme of events that will focus on the dangers of drink and drug-driving in the Tyneside region. Jacksons will partner in this with a well-known vehicle dealership. Further details of this exciting venture will follow in due course.