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Deliveroo calls on 11KBW in human rights case

Less than a week after the landmark Pimlico Plumbers ruling, online food delivery company Deliveroo has turned to Lewis Silkin and 11KBW to defend it after a High Court judge gave the go-ahead for a judicial review. On Friday Mrs Justice Simler overturned a previous High Court decision and granted permission for the Independent Workers […]

Supreme Court

Mishcon felled by four-lawyer firm in landmark Pimlico Plumbers case

In a David and Goliath battle, Mishcon de Reya client Pimlico Plumbers has lost its final appeal against a former employee in a long-running feud over workers’ rights. The five judges unanimously agreed that claimant Gary Smith was a Pimlico Plumbers employee during his time working for the company and not, as Pimlico Plumbers was […]

Germany office

Linklaters raids Freshfields for German employment partner

Linklaters has hired Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Timon Grau to join its German practice. Grau will join the firm in March and split his time between its Düsseldorf and Frankfurt offices. He began his career in 2006 with Freshfields in Cologne before moving to Frankfurt. He made partner in 2014. Meanwhile, Frankfurt-based British partner Matthew Devey […]


Featured briefings

Pimlico Plumbers: the self-employed v brand debate

By Paula Rome The widely reported decision in Pimlico Plumbers emphasises the risks of retaining control over staff. However, such control can be key to protecting an organisations’ brand and reputation in the marketplace. Where does this leave us? What does control mean?

What do employers need to know about whistleblowing policies?

By Antonia Blackwell In this instalment of our ‘Breaking Down the Handbook’ series, we look at whistleblowing policies, why they are needed, what they should contain and what traps employers need to avoid. What does whistleblowing mean?

Canada: Changes to daily operations under amended Occupational Health and Safety Act

On June 1, 2018, amendments to Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act came into force, significantly expanding the nature of the health and safety obligations owed by employers and businesses in Alberta. This article focuses on one of the areas in which changes have been made: the changes to day-to-day operations of an employer to […]

Canada: new occupational health and safety act expands scope of employer duties

On June 1, 2018, amendments to Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act came into force, significantly expanding the nature of the health and safety obligations owed by employers and businesses in Alberta. This article focuses on one of the areas in which changes have been made: the expansion of the types of entities that have […]

Pimlico Plumbers – contract matters and the ‘gig’ economy

By Alex Mellis The ‘gig’ economy cases, scattered throughout the different tiers of varying jurisdictions of courts and tribunals, excite much interest when the latest decision is published and flashed across the media. The recent decision of the Supreme Court in Pimlico Plumbers & Anor v Smith, handed down on 13 June 2018, will be no […]

Ireland: Proposed amendments to the Parental Leave Bill

The Parental Leave (Amendment) Bill 2017, which extends the applicability and duration of parental leave, was passed by the Dail yesterday. The Bill will now proceed to the Seanad where it must be passed before it is signed into law by the President. If enacted, the legislation will come into operation three months after its […]

Employment Briefing – June 2018

This month’s newsletter covers: Gender pay gap reporting – are you on track for next year’s report? Proposals to enhance workplace rights for fathers EHRC highlights deficient workplace protections against sexual harassment Changes to taxation of termination payments Employers who engage contractors – Be aware of new corporate criminal offences for failing to prevent facilitation […]

Netherlands: Working permit no longer required for Croatian nationals

On 8 June the Minister of Social Affairs announced that the Dutch government has decided to not extend the transitional scheme, which is currently in place and requires Croatian nationals to obtain a work permit (tewerkstellingsvergunning)  to work in the Netherlands…

Who is a worker in modern workplaces

Modern business and working models have changed the face of the employment landscape. Half of the new jobs created since the economic down­turn are purportedly ‘self­employed’, but is that really the case? The ‘worker v independent contractor’ debate has been a topic of great debate in recent years with a number of high profile cases […]

Pimlico gig economy ruling and implications for Channel Islands employers

A long­running court battle over the “gig economy” has ended with the UK Supreme Court upholding self­employed workers’ rights – and may have knock­on effects in the Channel Islands. Ogier counsel Rachel Richardson and senior associate Daniel Read – specialists in contentious employment law – say that yesterday’s verdict in the Pimlico Plumbers case may increase the pressure in the Islands to clarify the law in respect of “gig economy” or zero hours workers…

Q&A employment in the Netherlands 2018

You are about to receive or hire an employee from outside the Netherlands. Or maybe you are a foreign employer, seconding an employee to work in the Netherlands. Perhaps the employee and even family members will be moving to the Netherlands. In our experience, these situations might lead to questions, such as: do we need […]

Employee created rights in the field of trademarks

By Vanessa Delnaud, George Sevier, R. Nelson Godfrey, Maria Stadnik, Maria Aronikova, Jamie Rowlands, Manuela Finger, Ines Lin, Céline Bey and Clémence Lapotre This is our fourth international article featuring our trademark expert teams from across the firm in Canada, China, France, Germany, Russia, Singapore, the UK and the UAE. In this article, we will address the topic of employee-created rights or commissioned works […]

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