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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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Simmons challenges French govt over coal price subsidies

City firm Simmons & Simmons is attempting to force France to answer allegations that state subsidies were used to undercut the market price of coal. The firm, representing private coal company Thion & Cie, claims that state-owned coal company Groupe Charbonnages de France was involved in a potential misuse of an estimated £21m in state […]

New partner numbers down at Freshfields

Freshfields has dropped the number of annual partner promotions by a third and has continued to shun London lawyers in favour of its overseas offices. Last year the firm made up 17 of its lawyers to partner level, while this year the number is down to 11. Only four in the London office have joined […]

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Unilever

Tea drinkers will be pleased to know consumer giant Unilever has their interests at heart. Not only is tea a drinks category of “key importance” to the company in its drive for product “excellence”, but it is also the subject of considerable research using “computational fluid dynamics” to “investigate the tea infusion process”. Perfecting the […]

Bond Pearce pre-litigation unit targets insurers

SOUTH OF England firm Bond Pearce has set up a dedicated pre-litigation unit for its top-end insurance clients. The unit will be headed by partners Bettina Rigg and Neil Trayhurn. Trayhurn says: “We bel-ieve that our pre-litigation unit is the first of its kind in the UK.” Senior claims specialist Daren Pemberton says: “We foresaw […]

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