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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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Oldham Council gains fresh powers to evict bad tenants

A NEW tenancy agreement for all of Oldham City Council’s 20,600 tenants comes into force this week. The agreement, which is designed to give the council greater powers to evict tenants and promote neighbourly behaviour, took housing solicitor Naseem Malik 16 months to prepare. The 29-page document delineates unacceptable conduct and outlines what punishment will […]

Debating the immunity of counsel

Two recent High Court hearings show that advocates can no longer be certain of immunity from lawsuits, writes Roger Pearson. The accountability of counsel has been under the gaze of the courts recently. With a steady rise in the number of solicitor advocates, it is a situation which is likely to be significant to both […]

Dentons goes African

Denton Hall has launched a London-based sub-Saharan Africa group, which will be headed by litigation partner John Mills. Mills will be supported by banking and trade finance partner Geoffrey Wynne and corporate partner Philip Goodwin.

In brief: Phone-in reveals Millennium Bug concerns

A Millennium Bug phone-in, sponsored by The Lawyer, has revealed the legal concerns of businesses across the UK. The virtual conference phone-in showed companies worry about the meaning of “compliant” when signing contracts, fear lending institutions will withdraw loan facilities to companies unable to prove compliancy and wish to legally compel their suppliers to ensure […]

Slaughters and Linklaters scoop mega-merger fees

Linklaters corporate partner Stephen Boughton has scorned reports that the advisory fees for the world’s largest ever deal – the £43bn SmithKline-Glaxo merger – could be as high as £400m. “I can’t understand how they have got such a large figure,” he said. His comments follow a claim by Philip Healey, the editor of Acquisitions […]

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