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Case law update: December 2018

By David Smedley, Andrew Rayment Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd – Employer held liable for managing director’s violent conduct The Court of Appeal has found a company vicariously liable for the violent conduct of its managing director at a Christmas party where the attack left an employee severely disabled.

New IR35 rules for contractors in the private sector from 6 April 2020

By David Smedley, Andrew Rayment New IR35 changes due to take effect in the private sector from 6 April 2020 will have a significant impact on businesses that engage consultants or contractors via intermediary companies (either directly or through an agency). Affected employers will need to plan for these changes well in advance. Following a […]

Ethnicity pay gap reporting

By David Smedley, Andrew Rayment Mandatory pay gap reporting on grounds of ethnicity (similar to gender pay gap reporting) could be on the horizon. In line with a manifesto commitment, the Government has published a consultation paper on introducing mandatory pay gap reporting on ethnicity grounds. The consultation comes on the heels of the Government’s […]

Government considering reintroducing employment tribunal fees

By David Smedley, Andrew Rayment It has been reported that the Government is considering reintroducing employment tribunal fees. No specific details have been provided but the Ministry of Justice has said that it is confident that a fee system can be found which does not deny claimants access to justice (the reason the original fee regime was […]

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The taxpayer could foot a bill of around £40m after the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) was forced to drop a high-profile case against Goldshield Group. The SFO had accused pharmaceutical company Goldshield of conspiring to defraud the NHS through an alleged pharmaceutical cartel. However, the SFO’s original indictment only related to price-fixing, which alone is […]

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Spain’s ship finance market: special rules on finance leases

Despite the international market’s uncertainty and volatility, the ship finance market in Spain is still experiencing rapid and steady growth. This is largely due to growing interest in the field from banks that have been traditionally wary of the sector. These banks, which often restricted their participation in ship finance transactions to the issuance of […]

Current economic conditions in the shipping finance market

The shipping and ship finance markets have always seen strong cyclicality – but for once the current driver for change is not from the shipping market itself, but in the financial market with the banking liquidity crisis which originated in the US sub-prime housing market. So, what can an owner expect if it approaches its […]

Salans’ HR goes global with Hesketh hire

Salans’ chief operating officer, Neil ­Woodcock, appreciates that traditional career paths are a thing of the past – that is why he has signed up a global HR head. Salans has snapped up former ­Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer HR ­manager Judith Hesketh. The ever-expanding reach of the firm, together with changing attitudes to happiness at work, […]

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