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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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Watson Farley targets improved leverage ratio

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That’s the way to do it

Congratulations to Shoosmiths, which won Management Team of the Year at The Lawyer awards. It posted another rise in profit per equity partner this year of 16 per cent, to £396,000 – the fifth consecutive year of profit increase. Turnover was up 23 per cent. Other national firms, take note.

Stearns secures record fees on ExxonMobil case

Miami-based law firm Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson’s dreams came true earlier this month when a Miami federal judge awarded it $249m (£135.21m) in fees. The ruling, one of the largest fee awards on record in the US, follows Stearns’ successful representation of 11,000 petrol station owners in a $1.1bn (£597.32m) class action […]

Olswang chief throws in Thames Valley towel

The head of Olswang‘s Thames Valley office has quit after six months as the firm’s ambitious growth plans have stalled. Paul Wilson, an Olswang board member, joined in January. He was previously chief executive of Birmingham barristers’ chambers St Philips and was hired with a remit to grow Olswang’s Reading office. Last Monday (10 July) […]

North East champion eclipses rivals with standout results

This year has been kind to the Geordies, with Watson Burton in particular recording blockbusting financials. Well clear of their regional competitors and most national rivals, partners at the firm toasted an average profit per equity partner (PEP) for 2005-06 that was up by 38 per cent, blasting from £515,000 last year to an astonishing […]

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