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  • Gender Segregation in Schools

    02 November 2017

    A recent decision of the Court of Appeal has attracted headlines in the education sector by banning a form of gender segregation in schools. In the case involving Al-Hijrah School, an Islamic faith school in Birmingham, the Court had to consider whether a policy of segregating boys and girls in a mixed school was direct discrimination.…

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  • GDPR - Further Update

    02 November 2017

    Following on from our Summer Update, concrete preparations for compliance with 2018’s new data protection regime are now under way for most schools. The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) becomes law with direct effect on 25 May 2018 and the Government has made clear that implementation will be unaffected by the Brexit process. With the recent introduction of the Government’s Data Protection Bill on 13 September 2017, the compliance requirements for schools are starting to become clearer.…

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  • New Guidance on 'Epipen' Use in Schools

    02 November 2017

    Since 1 October 2017 schools have been able to buy adrenaline auto-injector (‘AAI’) devices (commonly known as ‘EpiPens’) without a prescription, for emergency use in children who are at risk of anaphylaxis, but their own device is not available or not working.…

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  • The Impact of Brexit on EU Nationals Living in the UK

    02 November 2017

    Immigration was one of the key issues of debate during the Brexit campaign and one of the burning questions since last year’s vote has been what the impact leaving the European Union will be on the millions of EU nationals who currently reside in the UK and those UK citizens who currently live in other EU countries.…

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  • Single Central Record Compliance Checks

    02 November 2017

    Autumn is a common time for schools to review the status of their Single Central Record (“SCR”), with an influx of new teachers and support staff meaning multiple safeguarding checks are required to ensure compliance with the Independent Schools Standards Regulations (“ISSRs”), Keeping Children Safe in Education and the ISI Handbook.…

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  • Increase in Surrogacy for Childless Couples

    13 October 2017

    Whilst there are no accurate figures as to the number of children born through surrogacy, due largely to the ad hoc nature of the majority of the agreements, is it clear that surrogacy is on the rise, due in part to the legalisation of same sex marriage and also to increasing awareness of other options for childless couples.…

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  • How Mediation Can Assist Separating and Divorcing Couples

    06 October 2017

    Mediators are sometimes confused with marriage guidance or relationship counsellors, which they are not. A family mediator is appointed on the breakdown of a family relationship; a neutral professional who assists the separating couple in reaching settlement of their arrangements, whether in relation to their children and / or financial and property issues.…

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  • Cohabiting Couples and Cohabitation Agreements

    06 October 2017

    In 2016, there were 18.9m families in the UK. Of those, 12.7m were married or civil partners. Cohabiting couples (unmarried) was that fastest growing family type between 1996 and 2016, more than doubling from 1.5m families to 3.3m families. (Information from ONS)…

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  • Acquisition of Experience English Limited

    27 September 2017

    Barlow Robbins’ Corporate and Commercial team has advised BSC Group Limited on its acquisition of Experience English Limited from The Real Experience Group (formerly Kinlay Group), its Irish parent, for an undisclosed sum.…

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  • Employee imprisoned for disobeying injunction

    19 September 2017

    The seriousness of court orders can sometimes go unnoticed and unfortunately for Mr Dadi, a former employee of the OCS Group UK, this resulted in him receiving a 6 week prison sentence after he breached an interim injunction imposed by the High Court.…

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