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Is Alternative Dispute Resolution now compulsory in legal proceedings?

The Court of Appeal has this week handed down its decision in Churchill v Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council [2023] EWCA Civ 1416. This was effectively a test case which centred on whether or not unwilling parties can, in appropriate cases, be forced to engage in a "non-court based dispute resolution process".

Employing temporary workers over the Christmas period: The Essentials

The Christmas period is arguably the busiest time of year for retail businesses and the extra support from temporary workers, or 'Christmas temps' can be essential to handle the increase in workload, cover absences and meet increased business demand. However, it is important that employers are aware of the employment related rights and obligations that employing a Christmas temp involves.