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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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KLegal, the associated law firm of accountancy giant KPMG, is taking on a partner from regional firm Bond Pearce to set up a competition practice. Rob Murray is joining the firm as a director – the equivalent of salaried partner. Before becoming head of the EU/competition group at Bond Pearce two years ago he spent […]

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Mohammed Al Fayed, who has lost another Appeal Court hearing in his application for British citizenship and a passport. Three judges, upheld Jack Straw’s earlier decision on the grounds that Fayed was not of “good character”. Fayed described the verdict as “disproportionate and irrational”. The House of Lords. Due to an increase in the number […]

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