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Risks for liability insurers and their insureds: #MeToo

By Susie Wakefield, Antonia Blackwell One year on from #MeToo, Bloomberg estimates at least 425 prominent people across industries had been publicly accused of sexual misconduct. These headlines have brought the issue of how employers tackle sexual harassment in the workplace into the spotlight. In addition to dealing with any allegations of sexual harassment, organisations will […]

Zero-hours contracts – Common pitfalls for employers

By Jo Tunnicliff “Zero-hours contracts can be a positive part of work-life balance if they offer genuine two-way flexibility,” says Matthew Taylor, the government’s lead reviewer of modern working practices. As our previous article set out, the Taylor Review made recommendations designed to improve the working conditions of individuals working in the gig economy, including zero-hours […]

The international capital markets review

By José Pedro Fazenda Martins, Orlando Vogler Guiné The Portuguese economy has been recovering strongly since the end of the financial crisis and the successful conclusion of the Financial Assistance Programme, benefiting from healthy dynamics in the tourism sector and improved investment in various other sectors. The improving of leading indicators, the expansion of industrial production, […]

Key implications of Brexit January 2019

By Trudy Feaster-Gee The article provides a practical guide to some of the implications that UK businesses currently face, given the rejection by Parliament on 15 January 2019 of the Withdrawal Agreement, of a no-deal Brexit

Receivables finance: The prohibition on assignment is now in force

By Michael Taylor, Ian Akitt, Peter Considine The Business Contract Terms (Assignment of Receivables) Regulations 2018 came into force on 31 December 2018 meaning that parties to a contract in the UK may no longer be able to prohibit the assignment of receivables arising in respect of supplies made under it, even if it is a long term […]

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No meeting of minds on club

MANCHESTER lawyers are debating this week whether to continue meeting in a club that excludes women members. The debate, which falls as solicitors across the country gather in the city for the Solicitors Annual Conference, has been forced by Oldham personal injury lawyer Carol Hepworth. She thinks the society should stop using the 19th century […]

Contamination Act puts pressure on councils

COUNCIL lawyers are being urged to act quickly to prepare a comprehensive register of contaminated sites within their boundaries to avoid the threat of judicial reviews. According to Berrymans’ planning specialist, Steven Francis, the government’s planned new contaminated land regime will impose a great burden on local authorities. The Department of the Environment has issued […]

India and Central Asia come top of Baker & McKenzie's expansion list

Around 475 partners from the world’s largest law firm Baker & McKenzie will converge on London this week to discuss the firm’s future plans, which include expanding into India and Central Asia. Partners from the firm’s 55 offices around the world will meet for three days to discuss the key decisions which affect the international […]

Poor may be disadvantaged by legal aid block contracts

The qUAlity of legal advice for the poor could nose-dive if block contracting proposals for criminal legal aid work are introduced, warned a top US specialist. Addressing the Law Society of Scotland conference on crime and punishment last Monday, Robert Spangenberg, chair of an American Bar Association ad hoc committee on criminal defence, said proposals […]

Client chequebook scheme for firms

The Royal Bank of Scotland has launched a banking service which it hopes will transform the way lawyers deal with private client finance. In an attempt to steal a march on the competition, the bank is targeting top law firms with a computerised system, Roybank, that allows lawyers to create and manage bank accounts for […]

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