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11th May 2023

The Canadian time thief – remote working and claiming for unworked hours

A recent tribunal hearing in Canada is a cautionary tale for employees working remotely. Karlee Besse has been ordered to pay damages to her former employer for “time theft”, after she was caught claiming for over 50 unworked hours by time-tracking software installed onto her work laptop. What happened? Ms Besse, a home-based company accountant, […]

04th May 2023

Employment law update: laws on the horizon – May 2023

The ever-changing nature of UK employment law can make it difficult for both employer and employee alike to keep on top of the duties owed to members of staff in the workplace. Several bills are currently making their way through Parliament which have the potential to change the obligations that employers owe to their staff […]
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03rd May 2023

ACAS issues guidance on reasonable adjustments for mental health

Deteriorating mental health is becoming an increasingly serious cause for concern worldwide. The World Health Organisation (‘WHO’) reports that 15% of working-age adults are estimated to have a mental disorder. Additionally, the House of Commons briefing on mental health reports that 3.25 million people accessed NHS mental health, learning disability and autism services in 2021/22. […]
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01st Jul 2022

The Future of Digital and Tech Services in Publicly Funded Contracts

Given the unstoppable growth of the UK tech sector, it’s not surprising that there is tighter focus on the need to ensure the government properly assesses, procures and manages digital, data and technology products and services. The Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) Playbook sets out how that should happen. What are the objectives of the […]
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15th Oct 2021

Is your business ready to be agile?

During the disruption of Covid-19 many employees have worked anywhere and everywhere, some juggling their working day with teaching long division and phonics. Now that the initial crisis has passed, employers are thinking about how to take the benefits of these ways of working into the long term. But in the brave new world of […]

04th Jun 2021

Working from home: call to ban out-of-hours emails from bosses

The right to disconnect effectively gives employees the ability to switch off from work and not engage in electronic communications, such as emails, during non-work hours.  Governments around the world have been looking at enacting laws to give workers the right to log off.  The principle has come into sharp focus following the coronavirus pandemic […]

19th May 2021

Video series: dealing with the effects of Covid-19 on the commercial property market

2020 was a year like no other for the commercial property market. The effects of Covid-19 on the sector were profound and are still being felt today. Many office staff have now been working at home or experiencing hybrid-working for over a year, and shops, pubs, restaurants and other leisure venues closed their doors for […]
Business Leader panel debate: Are UK offices no longer fit for purpose?

07th May 2021

Business Leader panel debate: Are UK offices no longer fit for purpose?

With restrictions easing, many business leaders now face the task of deciding how the future will look for their employees, in regards to where they work and how they work. We teamed with us Business Leader to host this panel debate to explore the future of the workspace. Issues debated included: What are the currents […]

29th Apr 2021

A year on – what opportunities can the High Street take from Covid-19?

We can all see the battering our high streets have taken over the last year as a result of Covid-19 which hit a retail sector already weathering a storm of closures, falling footfall and the ever-rising growth in online shopping. It is often said that the High Street is dead but perhaps there is a […]
Business Leader panel debate: Is homeworking causing a productivity crisis?

26th Feb 2021

Business Leader panel debate: Is homeworking causing a productivity crisis?

Almost 12 months since working changed forever, many businesses are still struggling to adapt to the demands and intricacies of hybrid and remote working. Leadership has long been an ever-evolving skill but the modern landscape is laden with even more treacherous peaks and valleys. Michael Stokes took part in this Business Leader live debate which […]
Combining home working and home schooling

10th Feb 2021

Combining home working and home schooling

With schools shut and most people working from home where they can, combining children’s remote learning with parents’ remote working is a hot topic; Ellis Walby of Cheltenham’s employment team contributed her own experience to Anna King’s BBC Radio Gloucestershire show. They talked about the stresses and strains of the experience for both parents and […]
Sut a ble y byddwn yn gweithio yn y dyfodol?

05th Feb 2021

Sut a ble y byddwn yn gweithio yn y dyfodol?

Ydych chi’n dyheu i fynd yn ôl i’r swyddfa? Ynteu ydych chi wrth eich bodd yn gweithio yn eich lle eich hun gartref? Pa fath o gydbwysedd gwaith fydd yn gynhyrchiol i chi ac i’ch cyflogwr pan fyddwn i gyd yn gallu dychwelyd i’r swyddfa? Mae’r cwestiynau hyn nid yn unig yn bynciau llosg yn […]

10th Jan 2021

Off camera: the invisible bias of remote working

The rapid roll-out of flexible working in response to Covid-19 has had many positive impacts. But, if we’re not careful, its long-term deployment may hinder social mobility and undermine equal opportunities. New research, published in our Future Workspaces report, suggests that the hybrid model of blending remote working with time in the office looks set […]

10th Jan 2021

Financing your 2021 office innovation

If one thing is clear from our new research, published in our Future Workspaces report, it’s that the 2021 workplace is going to look very different. In spring, it will have been almost a full year since we were regularly visiting the office, and so much has changed since then – legally, culturally, professionally. Hybrid […]

10th Jan 2021

2020: the biggest planning uses shake-up in decades

2020 has seen the biggest shake-up of planning uses for decades, providing much needed flexibility for businesses, but also huge uncertainty for the future of the retail high street and the location of employment spaces such as offices. New research, published in our Future Workspaces report, shows that the changes to the way we use […]

10th Jan 2021

Co-working: an existing solution to a new challenge

Co-working might be a new concept for many of us, but it’s been a common practice in the creative and cyber sectors since the 1990s. From Berlin’s C-Base to San Francisco’s Spiral Muse, community workspaces have been providing freelancers and remote workers with the lost benefits of office working for more than 20 years. And […]

10th Jan 2021

How to bolster your cyber security in a home-working world

With people spending more time online, and record numbers of people accessing work systems from home networks, cyber security has been a chief concern for employers during this pandemic. Barracuda, which has been monitoring global Covid-19-related cyber incidents, reported a +6,500% increase from January (137 incidents) to March (9,116 incidents) last year. New research, published […]

10th Jan 2021

In a post-Covid world, what do offices need to look and feel like?

Both employers and employees are enjoying gains from the work-from-home scenario. So why, if at all, do we need to return to the office? And if we do, what needs to change? We all have unique needs, but there is one thing that unites us all: we are social creatures. We operate best when we […]

10th Jan 2021

Cyber risk is the next pandemic

Levels of cybercrime increased exponentially during lockdown, as hackers took advantage of the weakened digital defences of home-workers. New research, published in our Future Workspaces report, suggests that Q1 of 2020 saw a +6,500% rise in Covid-19 related cyber incidents. While this doesn’t compare to the severity of human loss during the pandemic, it nevertheless […]

10th Jan 2021

The myriad challenges of hot desking and reduced office space

New research, published in our Future Workspaces report, shows that collaborative working is one of the things people are most concerned about missing out on when they work from home. As Claire Batsford, interim Chief Operating Officer of a Housing Association, says: “Working from home sometimes, gives me the kind of balance in my life […]

10th Jan 2021

Flexible working is not flexible

Flexible working requires agile minds, policies and resources. Are businesses ready to be truly flexible, or just paying lip service? One thing our new research has shown, published in our Future Workspaces report, is that there is no one-size-fits-all. The exceptional circumstances of 2020 led to a government directive to “work from home if you […]

10th Jan 2021

Mind the gap: is home working bad for our health?

The lockdown-induced work-from-home revolution has given both employers and staff an insight into what life could be like in a virtual world. A better work-life balance, borderless recruitment, the elimination of commuting woes, perhaps. But it has also highlighted the risks that offset these rewards, the employer’s long-term health challenges of a hybrid home-and-office working […]

10th Jan 2021

Quirky office space? Don’t get caught out

Hybrid working is looking like the biggest change for workplaces in 2021. As the vaccine rolls out and the UK begins to recover from the impact of Covid-19, we will, inevitably, go back to the office. With it likely being less frequent, and offices being less busy, it gives employers to repurpose their space and […]

10th Jan 2021

The high street is dead, long live the high street

The evolution of the high street is not new. Changing lifestyles and consumer trends have been shaping and re-shaping our neighbourhoods for decades. In-town vs out-of-town; shopping centre vs pedestrianised courtyard; megastores vs independents; bricks vs clicks. What was exceptional in 2020 and now as we are in a national lockdown again, was the wholesale […]

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Rachel Roberts, Partner, Deputy Head of Employment and Immigration Team

Becoming an employer of choice isn’t an overnight job. It starts by curating a culture that encourages people to stay with you, which is the best social proof you have. But it also means having the right leadership style, and employee engagement initiatives which make you desirable to potential candidates and current employees. We can help you become an employer of choice as a route to tackling your skills shortages.


Michael Stokes, Partner, Head of Employment and Immigration Team

I chose to specialise in employment law because it’s all about people, and your people are part of your workspace whether that’s in an office, at their homes, or a mix of both. I can help you with your flexible and home working policies, navigating the path of future workspaces in 2023.

Stephanie Hallett, Head of Eagle HR

I like helping businesses achieve their resourcing needs, whether its recruitment, retention or upskilling – I have a passion for ensuring you have the right people to do the right job at the right time.

Lynne Adams, Legal Director, Head of Immigration

The future of our workspaces is dependent on locating the best talent for your workforce, and unfortunately this appears to be the biggest challenge for many businesses. With both employment and immigration expertise, I can help you to explore all available options to fill your skills gap from both inside and outside the UK, and support you and your workforce throughout the process.

Catherine Mitchell, Partner

Employment relationships are complex. These days the question of where and when work takes place can add further uncertainty. Let me help with navigating employment contracts and policies to ensure your workspace promotes harmonious, efficient and productive ways of working.

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