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DWF employment chief moves over to Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke has added two new partners to its City employment team, including DWF’s national head of employment Andrew Chamberlain. Chamberlain joined DWF in 2014 after nearly two decades at Addleshaw Goddard. In his practice, he advises FTSE 100 employers on processes such as services agreements and termination. He also covers employment nuances in M&A […]

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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 […]

Analysis

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Four things the Comcast deal tells us about City M&A

Over the weekend, nearly two years of tussling for UK media giant Sky came to an end when Comcast’s £30bn bid trumped 21st Century Fox.

But while magic circle firms maintain only they can act on big-ticket M&A, the variety of advisers on call was striking. Here’s what we learned.

Featured briefings

Can your workplace deal with sexual harassment allegations?

By Paula Rome Although harassment is firmly front and centre in the media it would appear in a large number of workplaces there has been little practical impact. If we now have a newly empowered workforce who are willing to raise issues and employers are not dealing having to deal with issues then some employers […]

Workplace Pensions Reform

By Liz Wood, Ruth Ormston, Hannah Beacham Employers need to ensure that the pension schemes they use to discharge their workplace pension reform (automatic enrolment) obligations will be ready for the second and final increase in minimum contributions in April 2019, otherwise known as steady state. Our pension and employment experts consider what employers need to think about […]

Employment: Quarterly case law updates

By Beth Jenkins and Paula Rome In this article, we take a look back through some key cases from the last three months and the lessons which we can learn from them. Discrimination In Ms A Gray V Mulberry Company (Design) Ltd the EAT held that an employer will not be discriminating on grounds of […]

Latest development in Employment Law – November 2018

By Stuart McBride Read our updated A-Z of Employment Law, which sums up the latest developments to November 2018. This quarter’s edition includes: Brexit, the impact Employment contracts post Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive v Anderson UK Corporate Governance Code Criminal record checks and barring CEO and ethnicity pay-gap reporting

Gender pay gap reporting – The hidden consequences

By Angharad Schell With fewer than six months until the next gender pay gap reporting deadline, employers need to start thinking about their reporting obligations. There has rarely been a time with more focus on gender inequality issues, in the wake of #metoo and high profile pay disputes. Last year, there was significant press focus […]

The real Living Wage vs National Living Wage

By Tania Goodman, Bethany Mevrick A rise in the real Living Wage was announced this week, with around 180,000 workers set to receive a pay boost as a result. The real Living Wage is a voluntary scheme that pays employees by reference to the real cost of living. It was designed by the Living Wage […]

Employment Essentials – October 2018

By Jane Fielding, Connie Cliff Gowling WLG’s employment, labour & equalities experts pick October’s top five employment law developments that may affect your business. 1. Budget 2018 Employment implications: the what and when 2. Whistleblowing: NEDs personally liable to whistleblower for post dismissal losses 3. Employer’s vicarious liability in the 21st century 4. Disability discrimination: job description not in itself […]

Liability for whistleblowing detriment extends to dismissals

By Stuart McBride In a judgment recently handed down on the case of Timis, Sage v Osipov, the Court of Appeal has confirmed the EAT’s view that personal liability for whistleblowing detriment extends to dismissals and the losses that result. What is the significance?

#MeToo and strategies to mitigate risk

In the wake of #MeToo and similar social media movements, sports organisations are particularly exposed. Beyond the reputational damage that an organisation can suffer from, should one of its members be found to have engaged in sexual misconduct, there is a risk of legal liability for failing to create an environment that is safe for […]

Canada: Managing diversity in the workplace (video)

When one thinks of traditional roles within a law firm or within other organizations, the role of diversity & inclusion manager is not usually top of mind — but it should be. In fact, Gowling WLG is one of the first law firms in Canada to hire a dedicated D&I manager. In this episode of Diversonomics, […]

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