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Risks for liability insurers and their insureds: #MeToo

By Susie Wakefield, Antonia Blackwell One year on from #MeToo, Bloomberg estimates at least 425 prominent people across industries had been publicly accused of sexual misconduct. These headlines have brought the issue of how employers tackle sexual harassment in the workplace into the spotlight. In addition to dealing with any allegations of sexual harassment, organisations will […]

Zero-hours contracts – Common pitfalls for employers

By Jo Tunnicliff “Zero-hours contracts can be a positive part of work-life balance if they offer genuine two-way flexibility,” says Matthew Taylor, the government’s lead reviewer of modern working practices. As our previous article set out, the Taylor Review made recommendations designed to improve the working conditions of individuals working in the gig economy, including zero-hours […]

The international capital markets review

By José Pedro Fazenda Martins, Orlando Vogler Guiné The Portuguese economy has been recovering strongly since the end of the financial crisis and the successful conclusion of the Financial Assistance Programme, benefiting from healthy dynamics in the tourism sector and improved investment in various other sectors. The improving of leading indicators, the expansion of industrial production, […]

Key implications of Brexit January 2019

By Trudy Feaster-Gee The article provides a practical guide to some of the implications that UK businesses currently face, given the rejection by Parliament on 15 January 2019 of the Withdrawal Agreement, of a no-deal Brexit

Receivables finance: The prohibition on assignment is now in force

By Michael Taylor, Ian Akitt, Peter Considine The Business Contract Terms (Assignment of Receivables) Regulations 2018 came into force on 31 December 2018 meaning that parties to a contract in the UK may no longer be able to prohibit the assignment of receivables arising in respect of supplies made under it, even if it is a long term […]

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Police attack dishonest high street lawyers

NCIS detective Simon Goddard also took a swipe at those high street solicitors who fail to report their suspicions about clients. He was angered by the latest NCIS figures which show the number of cases of suspicious financial transactions reported by solicitors to police has dropped from 300 in 1996 to 236 last year. There […]

Apil rejects LAB's legal aid concessions

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil) has rejected the Legal Aid Board’s (LAB) latest concessions on legal aid for medical negligence cases. Apil president Ian Walker, who has accused the LAB of removing legal aid “by the back door”, said he estimated that under the concessions about half of all medical negligence cases would […]

Spanking scandal hits North East

A Cleveland barrister is being investigated by local police for spanking colleagues. It is believed that four pupils have made formal complaints for indecent assault, claiming that the barrister slapped their backsides whenever they were said to have made a mistake. Those involved are understandably reluctant to discuss the matter and no formal charge has […]

In brief: Top speakers to address race hate conference

US Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder will headline the 25th anniversary conference of the Society of Black Lawyers next month. Other speakers at the event, the first Anglo-US conference to address race hate crimes, include Helena Kennedy QC and Johnnie Cochran. The event, which is supported by The Lawyer, will be opened by Neville Lawrence, […]

Trainee solicitors forced to break law by small firms

Trainee solicitors are overworked, racially and sexually harassed and are even being asked to break the law by small law firms, according to a review by the Trainee Solicitors Group. The review is based on findings from the TSG’s helpline. TSG outgoing chairman Nick Armstrong said the helpline had received calls complaining that some firms […]

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