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Guide to new rules for medical devices and in vitro diagnostics

By Vivian den Bakker The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport ( VWS ) published a guide on 30 November 2018 with the most important changes in relation to the new European regulations concerning medical devices and in vitro diagnostics. The new regulations set stricter requirements for manufacturers, importers and distributors of medical devices for market authorization in the European Union. In addition, the […]

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 […]

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Sullivan & Cromwell have joined Chinese firm Jingtian & Gongcheng advising Hong Kong-listed China Telecom Corporation on its $13.4bn (£8.5bn) acquisition of 3G network infrastructure from its parent company. Through the acquisition, China Telecom will purchase certain code division multiple access (CDMA) network assets owned by the parent China Telecommunications Corporation […]

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Dewey & LeBoeuf’s wind-down team has filed a motion calling for court approval of its settlement deal for former partners, arguing that financial commitments were obtained in a short space of time despite the “shock, anger and dismay” resulting from the firm’s collapse. The motion, filed yesterday (29 August) in the US bankruptcy court for […]

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Dyson joins the judicial elite

It was only a matter of time before Supreme Court Justice Lord Dyson was appointed second-in-command of the civil justice system as Master of the Rolls. The current Supreme Court president Lord Phillips kickstarted the judicial merry-go-round after he announced his exit back in April. He is heading east to be president of the Qatar […]

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Fountain Court’s Brindle QC wins role in Berezovsky litigation

Fountain Court’s Michael Brindle QC is to have a second outing in the mammoth Berezovsky legal battle, having been instructed for the estate of Arkady ‘Badri’ Patarkatsishvili in chancery proceedings due to start in October. The case has already had a six-month outing in the commercial court. Brindle is instructed by Graham Huntley, a former […]

Latham & Watkins relocates London partners to strengthen Singapore offering

Latham & Watkins has relocated corporate partners Rod Brown and Luke Grubb from London to Singapore in a bid to increase its English law capability in South East Asia. Brown is experienced in cross-border, public and private M&A, takeover offers, restructuring and joint ventures. Grubb’s corporate practice has a focus on outsourcing and technology transactions. […]

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