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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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A team from US firm Latham & Watkins, led by managing partner of the London office Joseph Blum, represented the State of Qatar in raising $1bn in the southern Arabian state’s first international sovereign debt offering. The debt was sold to US, European and other investors. The underwriters in the offering were Credit Suisse First […]

Dibbs loses equity partner

Dibb Lupton Alsop’s Birmingham office has lost an equity partner to Stratford-on-Avon firm Lodders. Richard Ollis was a property lawyer at the office and is believed to have handled all Allied Dunbar property work. His new firm is a small three-office practice which specialises in private client and agriculture work. Ollis’ arrival in the commercial […]

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