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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 […]

Microchipping: The future of employee surveillance?

By Stuart McBride Inspired by the initial move to microchip employees by a firm in Wisconsin last year; as many as 150 employees in the UK have already been fitted with microchip implants. As technology continues to impact the way we all work, there may be merits to the rumoured introduction. That said, there are […]

Experts’ Agendas: A warning from the bench

“it certainly should not become routine to provide two versions which, as here, travel over much of the same ground. That approach tests the patience of the experts (and frankly of the court); produces a lengthier joint statement; potentially increases costs and is simply not the best way to focus on the issues. I do […]

Court of Appeal has held that public policy interests do not justify the release of restrictive covenants

By Bill Howard, Michael Callaghan The Court of Appeal has held that public policy interests do not justify the release of restrictive covenants where a developer deliberately builds houses on land in breach of those covenants. Background Millgate, a property developer, obtained planning permission for, and then built, houses and flats on a development site. Part […]

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The work-life quiz

David Hutton, head of built environment, Bevan Brittan What was your first-ever job? Bob-a-job as a boy scout and then a carpenter’s mate. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Having to learn all about girls’ dolls in an international IP dispute between doll manufacturers. Where’s the best place to go if you want […]

Careers: In brief

John Wells has been elected as the 42nd national president of the Institute of Legal Executives (Ilex). Wells is a partner at the Roberts Rose Partnership in Leicester and specialises in conveyancing and probate work. During his presidential year, he will focus on the changes Ilex will make to meet the Government’s response to the […]

Browne Jacobson records big jump in profit

Browne Jacobson has reported a record 37.4 per cent increase in average profit per equity partner (PEP) and a 12 per cent rise in turnover to £27m. As first reported on www.thelawyer.com (13 July), PEP rose from last year’s £230,000 to this year’s £316,000. Managing partner Brian Smith said the firm was aiming to be […]

Careers: People

Midlands firm Heatons Solicitors has recruited Birmingham corporate specialist Helen Gasser to join the corporate finance team. Gasser joins from Eversheds in Birmingham. Leeds firm Lee & Priestley has appointed a new solicitor to the employment department. Farha Leadbetter joins from the Advice on Individual Rights in Europe (Aire) Centre, where she provided specialist advice […]

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