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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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A BIT of bother for Cyprus

Russians with interests in Cyprus could launch legal claims over the country’s proposed bailout. As the conditions of the eurozone’s Cyprus bailout emerged over last weekend, the news that bank depositors would face a “hair-cut” of between 6.5 per cent and 10 per cent was met by anger – not only on the streets of […]

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Osborne Clarke mourns loss of longstanding partner Andrew Gowans

Osborne Clarke (OC) is mourning the death of longstanding partner Andrew Gowans, a member of its senior management team and a central figure in the firm’s development. Gowans, a corporate lawyer, died following a long battle with cancer after being diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2001. He qualified at Freshfields (now Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer) […]

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