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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 […]

GP/LP advice, women in PE and downstream trends

By Joanne Huckle More LPs are seeking independent legal advice.. Increasingly, I am instructed by LPs seeking their own Cayman legal counsel prior to committing capital.  It has always been a mystery to me why investors are willing to rely on the GP’s Cayman counsel when committing significant capital to a new fund.  As an attorney […]

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Jones Day benefits from IBM volte-face

IBM has appointed Jones Day Gouldens as a corporate and commercial adviser in a move that signals a radical shift in the technology giant’s legal strategy. IBM’s traditional strategy has been to keep as much work as possible in-house, but it is now looking to widen its panel of law firms. Jones Day was invited […]

Sidley tax shelter head gets marching orders

Sidley Austin Brown & Wood has fired the controversial head of its tax shelter practice for breaches of fiduciary duty and violations of the partnership agreement. The dismissed partner, RJ Ruble, was among the nation’s leading providers of opinion letters blessing tax shelters for corporations and wealthy individuals, some of whom have since sued the […]

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Torys boosts New York office with tax hire

Canadian and US firm Torys has hired the tax head of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg. James Guadiana arrival at Torys’ New York office takes the number of partners in the firm’s tax group to four. Guadiana’s practice focuses on advising clients on the tax aspects of cross-border deals and business operations. He represents public […]

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