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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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In brief: Edinburgh University director doubles up

The director of Edinburgh University’s legal practice unit, Alan Barr, is to double up as a consult at Edinburgh firm Brodies. Barr, a tax specialist, said his appointment reflected the strong relationship between the practising and academic worlds in Scotland.

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Why firms should not fear the package deal

At the International Bar Association conference in New Delhi, Chris Arnheim discussed the threat posed by accountancy firms. Here, The Lawyer prints edited extracts from his speech. Chris Arnheim is a founding partner of Arnheim & Co. As I wandered round the International Bar Association conference I heard a great deal of concern about the […]

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Upheavals lie ahead for expert witnesses, but the new chairman of the Expert Witness Institute (EWI) will have no trouble keeping his eye on the ball: he used to be a soccer journalist. But Sir Louis Blom-Cooper QC, who still counts “watching and reporting on Association Football” among his hobbies, is better known as a […]

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