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International Women's Day 2019

"I am immensely proud to be a Partner at Greene & Greene today on International Women’s day, which also marks 100 years since the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act was passed, which paved the way for women to finally practise law - an important milestone in the slow progress towards the rights of women." Selene Holden, Employment Law.

The first female partner to lead the way at Greene & Greene was Lorna Stewart, who became a Partner on 1 January 1961.  Subsequent female Partners include Katherine Chandler (nee Frith) who joined the Firm in 1982 and became a Partner in 1985, Suzanne Alston, who joined the Firm in 1985 and became a Partner in 1987, Anne Dunlop who became a Partner in 1994, Kate Chandler (yes, that’s right, another Kate Chandler!) who became a Partner in 1996, Helen Wingfield who became a Partner in 2006 and then myself who became a Partner in 2007, followed more recently by Ansa Khan who was promoted to Partner in December 2018.

However, we are celebrating all women today and we are very lucky at Greene & Greene to have a fantastic group of women working here – we salute you all!


Employment Rates & Limits

This year, the increase in rates means that the maximum possible award for an ordinary unfair dismissal now exceeds £100,000 (this comprises of the maximum basic award and the maximum compensation award). However, in many cases employees’ will not satisfy the criteria to be awarded the maximum amount. This may be because they do not have the requisite length of service to receive the maximum basic award or because their annual gross pay may be less than the maximum compensation award.

Another significant change this year is the increase in the maximum penalty an Employment Tribunal can award.  Where an employer is found to have breached an employee’s rights and that breach has one or more aggravating features, an Employment Tribunal can order the employer to pay a financial penalty to the Secretary of State. In December 2018 as part of the Good Work Plan the government announced that it would increase the maximum penalty from £5,000 to £20,000; this change takes effect in April this year.  There have yet to be any reported cases on what amounts to ‘aggravating features’ however the following are likely to be considered to be aggravating features; deliberate breach, action committed with malice or where there are repeated breaches of the employee’s rights.

The new rates take effect where the ‘appropriate date’ for the cause of action (such as the date of termination in an unfair dismissal claim) falls on or after 6 April 2019. Where the appropriate date falls before 6 April, the old limits will still apply, irrespective of the date on which compensation is awarded.

Contact Us

If you have any questions on employment law please contact Selene Holden (seleneholden@greene-greene.com ~ 01284 717436), Greg Jones (gregjones@greene-greene.com ~ 01284 717446) or Angharad Ellis Owen (aellisowen@greene-greene.com ~ 01284 717453).  

For more information on the services offered by Greene & Greene Solicitors please visit www.greene-greene.com and follow on Twitter @GreeneGreeneLaw.


St Eds’ Tri Festival returns for 2019



Following the success of last year’s event, Greene & Greene Solicitors is delighted to announce that they will be continuing their sponsorship of the St Ed’s Tri Festival which will be returning to Bury St Edmunds later this summer.

The event, organised by Haversports will take place at Abbeycroft Leisure on Sunday 11th August. The 2019 festival will see athletes of all abilities take part in a variety of events, including; Triathlon, Aquathlon, and Duathlon whilst at the same time raising vital funds for SARS, Suffolk’s emergency medical charity.

HaverSports Director Jack Tappin said, “The event was extremely popular in 2018 and by running the festival later this year it is sure to appeal to a wide range of both new and returning competitors. A pool swim, fast cycle through village roads and a flat run course make it ideal for novices, with a longer distance available for veteran entrants too”.

Michael Batty, Senior Partner at Greene & Greene, said, “We are delighted to be able to sponsor the St Ed’s Tri Festival again this year particularly after the success of last year’s event. SARS’ specialist volunteers provide an invaluable service attending the scenes of serious accidents across the East of England and assisting with lifesaving interventions. As SARS is reliant upon fundraising and donations events like the Festival are essential to ensure the continuation of the exceptional resource that the organisation provides. With this year’s event taking place in August it is guaranteed to be held in warmer weather than last year’s and we hope this will encourage an even larger number of competitors from the local community and further afield to take part.”

Since it was founded in 1972, SARS has treated thousands of patients and helped to save hundreds of lives. The emergency medical charity provides specialist volunteer responders who support the East of England Ambulance Service at the scenes of serious incidents – in the home or at the roadside. SARS responders include anaesthetists and critical care paramedics who can undertake advanced medical procedures not normally possible outside the hospital environment. These can be truly life-saving interventions as well as helping reduce the chances of patients suffering permanent disability. All SARS responders volunteer in their spare time and without charge to the patient.

SARS relies entirely on voluntary donations to help fund equipment and training.

Sue Roots, from beneficiary charity SARS, said: “We’re delighted to be the charity partner for the St Eds’ Tri Festival again this year. Regular support like this is so vital in helping maintain our charitable activity across Suffolk and the East of England. SARS volunteers are helping critically ill patients every week, many from around the Bury area so it is heartening to have a high profile local sporting event help support our work and raise vital funds towards life-saving equipment and training.”

Entries are open now. For more details about the event and to enter please visit: www.haversports.com.

In addition to the main event Greene & Greene will also be inviting local businesses and associates to enter a team of 3 as part of a 'Triathlon Team Relay'. Each team will complete a 300m Swim, a 22km Cycle and a 5km Run. More details of this very special event will be announced next month.

If you would like to fundraise at the St Eds Tri for SARS you can do so by setting up a fundraising page at either of the following links: www.localgiving.com/sars or www.justgiving.com/sars   or contact fundraise@sars999.org.uk

For more information on the services offered by Greene & Greene Solicitors please visit www.greene-greene.com and follow on Twitter @GreeneGreeneLaw.


#MeToo: Prevention is better than cure!

The Government has announced that a new statutory code of practice on sexual harassment will be introduced.  The code will be developed by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) so that employers can better understand their legal responsibility to protect staff.

The prevailing view is that prevention is better than cure and, as such, much of the work focuses on how to prevent sexual harassment before it occurs. The new statutory code is therefore aimed at helping employers understand and demonstrate that they have taken ‘all reasonable steps’ to prevent sexual harassment (that being the statutory defence to a discrimination claim).

The Government shied away from introducing a new mandatory duty on employers to protect workers from harassment. However, this has not been ruled out, and will be the subject of future consultation.

Of note is that the Government has chosen not to introduce an uplift in compensation for breaches of the statutory code (as is the case for breach of the Acas code on discipline and grievances), although this will be kept under review.

Given that there is a lack of robust data on the level of sexual harassment in the workplace, a survey will be commissioned to gather regular data on the prevalence and nature of workplace sexual harassment. The survey will be conducted at least every three years and it is expected that the first survey will be launched later this year.

The Government will also be consulting on the following:

  • the use of secrecy clauses;
  • extending the employment tribunal time limits to submit a claim (from 3 months to 6 months); and
  • how to strengthen and clarify the law in relation to employers’ liability for third party harassment (e.g. from members of the public towards employees) at work.

The Government will work with Acas, EHRC and employers to raise awareness of appropriate workplace behaviours and ensure that individuals know their legal rights.

Given the prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace and future legal developments, it is clear that employers need to be taking more preventative action. Please get in touch to discuss our various training packages including, Workplace Culture and Sexual Harassment, and how we can help ensure your organisation has taken all reasonable steps to prevent sexual harassment from occurring in the first instance. Prevention is better than cure.

Contact Us

If you have any questions on employment law please contact Selene Holden (seleneholden@greene-greene.com ~ 01284 717436), Greg Jones (gregjones@greene-greene.com ~ 01284 717446) or Angharad Ellis Owen (aellisowen@greene-greene.com ~ 01284 717453).  

For more information on the services offered by Greene & Greene Solicitors please visit www.greene-greene.com and follow on Twitter @GreeneGreeneLaw.


Greene & Greene shortlisted in prestigious legal awards


Greene & Greene Solicitors was delighted to be one of eight national firms shortlisted for Firm of the Year in the Human Resources Category (outside London) as part of the prestigious Legal 500 UK Awards 2019.

It was a case of ‘double delight’ for the firm with Selene Holden, Head of the Employment Team, also being shortlisted for Individual of the Year (Outside London) in the Human Resources category.

The Legal 500 Awards recognise the best in-house, private practice teams and individuals over the past 12 months. The awards are handed to the elite legal practitioners, based on the most comprehensive research into the UK legal market.

Greene & Greene Solicitors is recognised as a top-tier firm in four of its core practice areas. The Legal 500 2018 Edition recommended 21 of Greene & Greene’s lawyers across 12 different practice areas. Four lawyers are singled out as ‘Leading Individuals’ with one praised as a ‘Next generation Lawyer’.

Stuart Hughes, Managing Partner at Greene & Greene, said:

“We are naturally delighted and immensely proud of Selene, Greg and Angharad for achieving the huge accolade of being shortlisted. Both our firm and its clients are extremely fortunate to have a team of such committed and exceptionally talented lawyers.”

If you have any questions on employment law please contact Selene Holden (seleneholden@greene-greene.com ~ 01284 717436), Greg Jones (gregjones@greene-greene.com ~ 01284 717446) or Angharad Ellis Owen (aellisowen@greene-greene.com ~ 01284 717453).  

For more information on the services offered by Greene & Greene Solicitors please visit www.greene-greene.com and follow on Twitter @GreeneGreeneLaw.


Workplace pension: increase in contributions

As of 6 April 2019, the minimum contributions for automatic enrolment pension schemes will increase.

The Pensions Act 2008 provides that it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that the minimum contributions are paid for all eligible staff that have not opted-out.

Details of the new contributions and the date they are effective from are set out in the table below:

If you have any questions on employment law please contact Selene Holden (seleneholden@greene-greene.com ~ 01284 717436), Greg Jones (gregjones@greene-greene.com ~ 01284 717446) or Angharad Ellis Owen (aellisowen@greene-greene.com ~ 01284 717453).  

For more information on the services offered by Greene & Greene Solicitors please visit www.greene-greene.com and follow on Twitter @GreeneGreeneLaw.