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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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Payday for Stephenson Harwood after firm shares fee risk on two-year deal

Stephenson Harwood is set to receive an uplift after completing a two-year deal for an energy client to which it charged more than half of the fees conditional on the transaction closing. The firm advised Elcrest Exploration & Production Nigeria, a joint venture of Starcrest Nigeria Energy and Eland Oil and Gas, on the $154m […]

Davis Polk and Shearman lead on Santander’s $4.3bn Mexican float

Davis Polk & Wardwell and Shearman & Sterling have taken advisory roles as Banco Santander prepares to list its Mexican subsidiary in New York and Mexico, aiming to raise an estimated $4.3bn (£2.7bn). The float on the Mexican Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange the values Santander Mexico at up to $17.23bn (£10.8bn) […]

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Lee & Priestley and Lupton Fawcett eye Yorkshire merger

Yorkshire firms Lee & Priestley and Lupton Fawcett are in merger talks, with a tie-up potentially marking the latter’s third major consolidation deal in under four years. The two firms have confirmed that they are in discussions over a possible combination, which would create a major regional force with offices in Leeds and Sheffield. Lupton […]

Case of the week: Health

R (on the application of Nicklinson) v Ministry of Justice. Interested Parties: Director Of Public Prosecutions; Jane Nicklinson. The Queen on the application of AM v (1) Director of Public Prosecutions; (2) the SRA; (3) the General Medical Council. Interested Party: an NHS Primary Care Trust. Interveners: The Attorney General; CNK Alliance Ltd (Care Not […]

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