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Case law update: December 2018

By David Smedley, Andrew Rayment Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd – Employer held liable for managing director’s violent conduct The Court of Appeal has found a company vicariously liable for the violent conduct of its managing director at a Christmas party where the attack left an employee severely disabled.

New IR35 rules for contractors in the private sector from 6 April 2020

By David Smedley, Andrew Rayment New IR35 changes due to take effect in the private sector from 6 April 2020 will have a significant impact on businesses that engage consultants or contractors via intermediary companies (either directly or through an agency). Affected employers will need to plan for these changes well in advance. Following a […]

Ethnicity pay gap reporting

By David Smedley, Andrew Rayment Mandatory pay gap reporting on grounds of ethnicity (similar to gender pay gap reporting) could be on the horizon. In line with a manifesto commitment, the Government has published a consultation paper on introducing mandatory pay gap reporting on ethnicity grounds. The consultation comes on the heels of the Government’s […]

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 […]

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Lord Woolf joins CEDR

Lord Woolf is joining the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) as a special advisor. The former Lord Chief Justice will also become chair of CEDR’s international Conflict Management Advisory Group, which launches this autumn, and he will join the panel of CEDR’s most senior dispute resolution experts. In a statement CEDR said that Lord […]

Equitable trouble and strife

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MoFo targets London with Bird & Bird tax capture

Morrison & Foerster (Mofo) has raided rival technology firm Bird & Bird for the joint head of its international tax group Trevor James. James will join Mofo as a partner in November to establish a tax practice in London. He has close links with the San Francisco firm, having worked with Mofo’s corporate team on […]

Tax alliance snares UK firm while doubling in size

Taxand, the alliance of independent tax boutiques born out of the ashes of Andersen Legal, has welcomed 10 new to its network including UK firm Chiltern. While initially working towards doubling its size in 18 months, Taxand has achieved its aim in just six months and it is hoping to secure one more member firm […]

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