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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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Egorov targets barristers for firm’s London breakthrough

Russia’s largest domestic law firm Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is planning to launch in London – but with barristers rather than solicitors. Egorov managing partner Dimitry Afanasiev was in London last week to sound out possibilities among the city’s barristers. “It’s not a traditional route, I realise,” Afanasiev said. “But we don’t intend to […]

Home advantage

Ireland’s structured credit market has undergone huge development in recent years. Hugh Beattie looks at how the country must make the most of the boom The explosive growth in structured credit in the past few years has brought some interesting and innovative deals to Ireland, initially as a jurisdiction of domicile and more recently as […]

Deals comment

Freshfields rejects Nasdaq’s LSE takeover proposalThe latest instalment in the soap opera that has become the plight of the London Stock Exchange (LSE) is a cliffhanger. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has taken the lead role in advising Nasdaq on its £4.2bn informal cash bid for the LSE. The LSE, represented by Freshfields Bruckhaus […]

In-house lawyer salaries hit £150K in North West

Top in-house lawyers in the North West can now command salaries of up to £150,000 after a year that saw pay packages rise across the region. The average salary for senior in-house counsels in the North West rose from £82,386 in 2004 to £86,000 last year. Salaries for junior in-housers rose too, with a one-year […]

CC litigation partner elected president of LSLA

Clifford Chance litigation partner Simon Davis has been elected as the new president of the London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA), taking over from Lovells’ Graham Huntley. Davis has been elected for a two year term, following his selection as the LSLA vice-president a year ago. As well as being a member of the LSLA committee, […]

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