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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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Fishburns bulks up in London with Weightmans raid

Niche insurance firm Fishburns has raided Weightmans’ London office for a professional indemnity team led by partner John Bennett. Bennett joined Fishburns last week along with four assistants. He focuses on professional indemnity work, particularly in the barrister, solicitor and patent agent field. Fishburns senior partner Anthony Marsh said: “It gives us the opportunity to […]

Eversheds tops charts as energy powers AIM market

A boom in mining, oil and gas has fuelled a major push by law firms to secure AIM clients, with mid-sized UK firms the first to get their piece of the action. Eversheds advises 43 AIM clients – the biggest AIM client list of any firm, according to research conducted by Hemscott Group. Other firms […]

SFO lawyers quit en masse citing red tape

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has suffered a spate of resignations across its legal departments, losing four lawyers during the past three months alone. A total of eight lawyers, including two senior lawyers, have left this year, which is around 13 per cent of the total number of lawyers across the organisation. The most recent […]

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