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Reduced cap on the compensatory award for unfair dismissal claims introduced

1st October 2013

Under the new law, where an employee successfully claims unfair dismissal the amount of compensatory award they are entitled to receive will be capped at the lower of £74,200 or one year’s gross pay.

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Compromise agreements replaced by Settlement agreements

1st October 2013

From 29th July 2013, Compromise agreements have been replaced by Settlement agreements. However, this is essentially a change in name only and Settlement agreements will remain a legally binding agreement between an

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Fees become payable by the Claimant in employment tribunal claims against the employer

1st October 2013

Following changes in employment law, fees are now payable by the Claimant in employment tribunal claims against the employer.

From the 29th July 2013, a party bringing a claim in the employment tribunal or an appeal must pay an ‘issue’ fee.

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Pre-termination negotiations become inadmissible in unfair dismissal proceedings

1st October 2013

Pre-termination negotiations became inadmissible in unfair dismissal proceedings following employment law changes on 29 July 2013.

Pre-termination negotiations‘ refer to discussions held between the employer and their employee pre-termination of the employment contract with a view to it being terminated on agreed terms.

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£470,000 a day paid out for medical negligence in London alone

16th September 2013

In 2012 the total compensation bill for NHS medical negligence rose to £172 million, with some London trusts doubling the amount paid out to patients.

The actual amount paid out is actually even higher when legal fees and court costs are taken into account.

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92 Year Old Man Seeking Compensation After Dental Mis-hap

9th September 2013

A 92-year-old man is claiming compensation after a dental tool negligently fell down his throat and into his stomach.

The man was being fitted with a dental implant when he felt the tool slide down his throat. He was lying back in the dental chair when the dentists asked him if he caught the object. He then responded quickly saying he didn’t catch anything and was unaware of what had just happened.

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