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Sleeping time is not working time says Court of Appeal

By Siobhan Fitzgerald The social care sector is breathing a sigh of relief after the Court of Appeal in Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake reversed previous cases and decided that only time spent awake and working should be counted as working time for the purposes of calculating the national minimum wage.

Report of the Independent Review of the FOS is published

By Richard Hayllar On the 12 July 2018, the Financial Ombudsman Service (the FOS) published a report on an Independent Review carried out by Richard Lloyd (former Which? executive). The review was undertaken following the broadcast of the Channel 4 Dispatches programme which set out a number of concerns about the handling of FOS complaints.

Efficient arbitration, part 2: Launching an Efficient Arbitration

Kicking off our series on efficiency in arbitration, our first article, Efficient Arbitration – Part 1: Metrics sets out our idea of an efficient arbitration: Achieving the best possible outcome with the least amount of resources. A range of tools are available to focus the spending of resources. Resources should be invested, not wasted. The selection of […]

Efficient arbitration, part 1: Metrics

This is the first in a series of articles by Schoenherr focusing on efficiency in arbitration. In our series, we will explore various tools which serve to improve the efficiency of any given arbitration and so achieve a favourable outcome without wasting resources. But before exploring those tools we need to determine what efficient arbitration […]

Amendment of the Code of Conduct for Pharmaceutical Advertising

The Code of Conduct for Pharmaceutical Advertising (Code of Conduct) (In Dutch: Gedragscode Geneesmiddelenreclame) has been amended as of 1 July, 2018. The changes come as a response to the amendments to the policy rules providing guidance on the ban of inducements regarding medicinal products, which entered into force 1 April, 2018 (Policy Rules) (In Dutch: Beleidsregels gunstbetoon Geneesmiddelenwet […]

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Settling in with experts

With the publicity surrounding personal injury suits, from the tobacco cases to claims arising out of the Hillsborough football ground disaster, it is no surprise that lawyers specialising in this area have been doing their own meticulous research before choosing an expert witness. According to a survey of PI lawyers carried out by The Lawyer […]

The lottery of libel

It seems there is more than one national lottery. Libel damages awarded over the last 10 years range from 1p to £1.48m. They remain as unpredictable as ever, despite legislative and judicial attempts to bring them into line with personal injury awards. It has been suggested that the use of expert witnesses may stabilise libel […]

Package offers small firms cut-price access to Internet

A NEW software tool could herald cheaper access to the Internet for small law firms. Midcore Software claimed that with its new MidPoint Internet access and modem-sharing package, which was launched in the UK this week, a number of firms could pool their resources to keep on top of changing technology. The product was launched […]

Property

Clifford Chance acted for Credit Lyonnais in its £31.5m purchase of the freehold of its Broadwalk House offices, part of London’s Broadgate development, from British Railways Property Board, represented by Berwin Leighton.

In brief: Shoosmiths & Harrison pick up Pickin

Andrew Pickin, former head of Eversheds’ East Midlands commercial department, has joined Shoosmiths & Harrison as a partner. Pickin, who specialises in commercial contract work, will be based in the firm’s Nottingham office.

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