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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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  • Time for a Governance Check-Up?

    02 November 2017

    You may already be aware that the long-awaited update to the code of governance for charities (“the Code”) – developed by a steering group of charity umbrella bodies – was published in July this year.…

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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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  • Working Together to Safeguard Children - Consultation

    02 November 2017

    On 25 October, the government launched a consultation on its proposed changes to the statutory guidance 'Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015’, expected to be published next year and accompanying new regulations. The changes to the guidance are intended to support the new system of multi-agency safeguarding arrangements established by the Children and Social Work Act 2017, which became law earlier this year. The consultation closes on 31 December.…

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  • The Abolition of Employment Tribunal Fees: What Happens Next?

    02 November 2017

    In a landmark decision on 26 July 2017, the Supreme Court abolished fees in the employment tribunal and the EAT. Employment tribunal fees had previously been introduced in July 2013 and claimants were obliged to pay up to £1,200 if they wished to bring a claim. In consequence the number of employment tribunal claims fell by 70% and the public service union, Unison, challenged the system by means of a judicial review. The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the fees were unlawful and represented a disproportionate restriction on access to justice. As a result, fees are no longer payable with immediate effect. However, this relatively unexpected development raises a number of questions for schools regarding employment claims that have been brought (or might have been brought) against them in the past four years.…

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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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  • 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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  • Ultrasonic Sciences - The South's Most Innovative Companies

    19 September 2017

    So fast has technology advanced, that using robots in manufacturing is no longer anything remarkable, according to Chris Gartside, the former sales engineer who trained as a metallurgist and is a director of Ultrasonic Sciences (USL), the UK's only manufacturer of automated and semi-automated ultrasonic inspection systems for industrial and research applications.…

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  • Doyle & Tratt - The South's Most Innovative Companies

    19 September 2017

    Doyle & Tratt have become the leading British manufacturer of dimmer switches and decorative switches and sockets and have won two Queen’s Awards for innovation - in 2006 and 2015 - as well as several lighting industry design awards.…

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