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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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Macfarlanes promotes four in latest round

Macfarlanes is to promote four associates into the partnership, boosting the firm’s total number of partners to 72. Howard Corney and Luke Powell join the corporate team, Nicholas Harries comes into private client and Tom Pedder will boost the property team. The internal promotions match last year’s figure, but overall is slightly down on the […]

Cripps lands Barclays development expert

Tunbridge Wells-based Cripps Harries Hall has hired former Barclays director of professional practices William Arthur as a non-executive director. Arthur’s brief at Cripps will include implementing new structures to attract and retain staff, as well as overseeing the development of the firm’s future leaders. Jonathan Denny, managing partner at Cripps, said: “William’s appointment as a […]

Bristows, Taylor Wessing alumni spirit away human genome case

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