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29 May 2013

Red Epic Camera Targeted

We have become aware of a violent raid yesterday evening at the premises of “Shoot”, a Facilities and Production company based in Cornwall Avenue, Finchley, London N3 1LD.

The raid took place at approximately 6 pm, the premises were occupied by six members of staff.  Two vehicles were used in the raid, six young men forced the front door to the premises, all six wore masks and gloves, but were luckily unarmed.

There was clearly one leader amongst the six men who kept shouting ‘get the Epic’, the other five appeared ‘clueless’ in their search.  Initial signs are they got away with very little including an ‘empty’ Epic case!!

However, staff at Shoot are obviously extremely shaken up by the events and the confrontation with the gang, luckily no one was seriously hurt.  The Police were very quickly on the scene with CID now investigating.

Continued vigilance is very important and again we would urge all facilities companies to review physical security measures and ‘lone working practices’ after working hours.

1 May 2013

Employment Practices - Claims Update

Unfair dismissal and sexual discrimination allegations continue to be real issues for companies and they continue to count the costs incurred.  Here are details of two recent cases which went to tribunals.

A tribunal awarded a BT female employee £290,000 for sex discrimination and unfair dismissal. BT's actions to adequately control an errant BT manager fell far short of best practice. BT were held liable for the manager's actions. The Tribunal awards included £165,692 for loss of future earnings, £20,000 for personal injury, £18,000 for hurt feelings and £3,000 for aggravated damages. Her annual salary had been £20,000.

and another

A hairdresser caused a client severe burns and was dismissed by her employer.  However, the correct dismissal procedure was not followed, the dismissal was ruled to be 'unfair' and the employee received £5,000 for unfair dismissal.

  1. Being a small business makes no difference.  An employment tribunal will expect and require a small company to follow the same processes as a large company. The law applies to all companies.
  2. There is no limit to the amount of compensation, if a company - or its employees - discriminates on the grounds of sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, religious belief or age. An employer could try to 'wing it' without knowing whether they are fully compliant with the law but compensation is unlimited and tribunals make awards for hurt feelings, as well as for actual losses.

If you would like to discuss further or require a quote for 'Employment Practices Liability' please contact us.