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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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The past six months have been tumultuous for Clifford Chance’s US litigation team, which has experienced a raft of associate layoffs and a number of partner ­defections. Amid speculation that the firm could further downsize or even wrap up the team, firmwide managing partner David ;Childs ;is ;keen to set the record straight. ­Litigation, he […]

PGP replenishes headcount after BLP raids staff for Moscow office

Russian firm Pepeliaev Goltsblat & Partners (PGP) is rebuilding its office following Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) 70-staff raid on the firm at the beginning of the year. BLP’s action resulted in the firm opening its own office in Moscow. PGP has now vowed to expand its full-service ­capability, starting with a recruitment spree of eight […]

DLA Piper anticipates Korean liberalisation

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