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Guide to new rules for medical devices and in vitro diagnostics

By Vivian den Bakker The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport ( VWS ) published a guide on 30 November 2018 with the most important changes in relation to the new European regulations concerning medical devices and in vitro diagnostics. The new regulations set stricter requirements for manufacturers, importers and distributors of medical devices for market authorization in the European Union. In addition, the […]

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 […]

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Lord Irvine is at loggerheads with a group of right-of-centre familyvalues campaigners, who are attacking Lord Irvine’s plans to introducelegally binding prenuptial agreements on the grounds they are incompatiblewith a couple’s vows to stay together “till death us do part”. However theLord Chancellor’s Department has hit back at its critics, the Family PolicyStudies Centre, claiming […]

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Scottish lawyers will challenge the judicial independence of Scotland’s129 temporary sheriffs at Linlithgow Sheriff Court. The argument is thattemporary sheriffs depend directly on the Lord Advocate – the senior lawofficer in Scotland – for their one-year contracts and therefore fail thehuman rights test of a fair trial before an “independent and impartialtribunal” which is required […]

In brief: Coudert Brothers

Coudert Brothers is understood to be holding merger talks with leading Belgian law firm Coppens Van Ommeslaghe & Faures. Coppens lost itsinternational capability when the Punder group dissolved last year.US-based international firm Couderts has recently been linked to German lawfirm Schurmann & Partners.

Addleshaws shuts debt recovery unit

Co’sdefunct debt recovery department.Addleshaws announced the shutdown of its 85-strong debt recovery unit,part of the Recovery Management Group (RMG) on 22 July.Clients have been informed the firm will stop taking instructions from theend of August.Jones dismisses rumours the firm will sell the RMG and says staff will beoffered jobs in the firm.He says: “There are […]

White & Case hires Euro IP team

US firm White & Case has poached top IP lawyer David Llewelyn and keymembers of his team to set up its London IP practice.Llewelyn joins from Llewelyn Zietman, which he founded with Clive Zietmanfive years ago.He will effectively be head of IP for the whole of White & Case’s Europeannetwork, working with the telecoms, competition […]

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