“Is it directly discriminatory, either on grounds of sexual orientation or religious belief, for a bakery to refuse to supply a cake iced with the message “support gay marriage” because of the religious belief of its owners?”

 Authors: Jessica Piper and Sophie ClarkeNo was the answer of the Supreme Court to this question in the case of Lee v Ashers Baking Company Ltd and Others, in the judgment handed down on 10 October 2018. The facts Mr and...

Employment Tribunal statistics show a 165% increase in claims from the same quarter last year

Employment Tribunal statistics show a 165% increase in claims from the same quarter last year

The provisional Employment Tribunal statistics have been released for April – June 2018 and show, in particular, the following points of interest:clai...

Settlement agreements: what do employees need to know?

If your employer offers you a Settlement Agreement, deciding whether to accept can be daunting. Ashtons employment law experts, Alex Curnow and Claire Sleep, offer some practical advice to consider.What is a Settlement Agreem...

Maternity leave – your rights

Maternity leave is an important period for all working mums. It gives women an opportunity to prepare for the birth, then bond with and care for the child during the first days, weeks, and months of its life. Here, we take a...