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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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In brief: Lovells loses its head of insolvency

Lovell White Durrant’s head of insolvency, Peter Horrocks, a leading practitioner in his field, is retiring from the firm and will serve his 12 months notice until October 1998. Horrocks has been a partner at the firm for 22 years and played a key role in the BCCI liquidation. He said he was keen for […]

Narrowing down the issues

Marion Golding says that success lies in opposing expert witnesses identifying areas where they can and cannot agree. Marion Golding is a senior litigation solicitor at Lovell White Durrant. Lord Woolf’s proposals for expert witnesses, now endorsed by Sir Peter Middleton, have also been accepted by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine. It is only a […]

Mayers leaves Brussels

US firm Mayer Brown & Platt is shutting down its Brussels office as of 1 December. Its resident partner Alan Hamburger has moved to the Brussels office of Morgan Lewis & Bockius while associate Stephen Brummel has gone to Weil Gotshal & Manges in the city. A third lawyer, Susan Launi, has been transferred to […]

Kuwait Airways claims $300m

The Law Lords are considering whether to hear an appeal questioning insurance time limits. Kuwait Airways Corporation is seeking leave to challenge a Court of Appeal decision in May upholding a High Court ruling over an insurance claim relating to 15 aircraft, spares and equipment trapped at Kuwait Airport when the Iraqis invaded. The High […]

In brief: Irvine welcomes Bar direct access pilot

The Lord Chancellor Lord Irvine has welcomed a limited Bar Council pilot scheme to grant advice centres direct access to barristers. “I am sure the Bar Council will consider what other areas can be opened up to direct referral in the future,” he said.

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