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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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Judgment in the divorce of Arsenal footballer Ray Parlour is expected from the Court of Appeal in mid-June. Should the court decide in Karen Parlour’s favour, the decision is likely to have far-reaching consequences for maintenance in high net income divorces, and represent a significant increase in the threshold for maintenance awards. Ray and Karen […]

Cobbetts ramps up banking with double hire

Cobbetts has boosted its banking capability in Leeds with the hire of two new partners. Real estate finance expert Tracy Hall joined the firm from Eversheds’ Leeds office in April, while former Addleshaw Goddard corporate banking partner Richard Berry is set to join later this month. The hires bring the number of partners in Cobbetts’ […]

Art for fart’s sake

Tulkinghorn was bemused to hear rumours of a joint bid by Lovells’ Leslie McDonaugh and Linklaters’ Robert Finch to promote the artistic value of elephant dung. On further investigation, Tulkinghorn was relieved to find that the pair are up to their necks in it (in artists, not dung), promoting new talent at the Whitechapel Gallery. […]

Turnover continues to rise at Watson Burton

Newcastle firm Watson Burton has enjoyed a second record year, with turnover up 29 per cent. The firm posted figures of £13.8m for the financial year to 30 April, up from £10.7m in 2003. Revenues in 2003 grew by 27 per cent from 2002’s £8m. Growth within departments this year ranged from 20 to 40 […]

Simmons leads march on Qatar

Western law firms in Qatar are continuing to expand as Simmons & Simmons takes on a partner from leading local firm Gebran Majdalany. David Salt, an energy and construction specialist, will join Charles Pollack as the office’s second partner. Commenting on his decision, Salt said: “Simmons is an international firm doing work I’m more used […]

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