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Sleeping time is not working time says Court of Appeal

By Siobhan Fitzgerald The social care sector is breathing a sigh of relief after the Court of Appeal in Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake reversed previous cases and decided that only time spent awake and working should be counted as working time for the purposes of calculating the national minimum wage.

Report of the Independent Review of the FOS is published

By Richard Hayllar On the 12 July 2018, the Financial Ombudsman Service (the FOS) published a report on an Independent Review carried out by Richard Lloyd (former Which? executive). The review was undertaken following the broadcast of the Channel 4 Dispatches programme which set out a number of concerns about the handling of FOS complaints.

Efficient arbitration, part 2: Launching an Efficient Arbitration

Kicking off our series on efficiency in arbitration, our first article, Efficient Arbitration – Part 1: Metrics sets out our idea of an efficient arbitration: Achieving the best possible outcome with the least amount of resources. A range of tools are available to focus the spending of resources. Resources should be invested, not wasted. The selection of […]

Efficient arbitration, part 1: Metrics

This is the first in a series of articles by Schoenherr focusing on efficiency in arbitration. In our series, we will explore various tools which serve to improve the efficiency of any given arbitration and so achieve a favourable outcome without wasting resources. But before exploring those tools we need to determine what efficient arbitration […]

Amendment of the Code of Conduct for Pharmaceutical Advertising

The Code of Conduct for Pharmaceutical Advertising (Code of Conduct) (In Dutch: Gedragscode Geneesmiddelenreclame) has been amended as of 1 July, 2018. The changes come as a response to the amendments to the policy rules providing guidance on the ban of inducements regarding medicinal products, which entered into force 1 April, 2018 (Policy Rules) (In Dutch: Beleidsregels gunstbetoon Geneesmiddelenwet […]

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Law Society inquiry clears Regis team five of impropriety

A complaint brought against five members of the Law Society’s Regis computer project management team by the British Legal Association (BLA) has ended with a finding of no impropriety. An investigation undertaken by the Compliance and Supervision Committee was concluded in October, exonerating former senior Law Society officials including the then secretary general John Hayes […]

Set-jumping trend gains impetus as 11 move chambers

The New Year has witnessed an unusual amount of movement at the Bar, especially at senior level. The most recent shift has seen five silks and six juniors changing addresses in the last two weeks. Geraldine Clark, who has accepted a tenancy at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, says she has left because of clerking and […]

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A system in disrepair

IN ITS drive to stand out from the crowd, one firm of solicitors is using a new marketing strategy. According to Manchester City Council, the firm employs a man to sit under an umbrella by various pubs in the city’s Newton Heath area. He holds a board covered in pictures of council houses in disrepair. […]

Report signs SIF death warrant

The Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) is facing abolition in the light of a planned introduction of a master policy of insurance to run alongside an open market scheme. The master policy means the Law Society would buy personal indemnity from commercial insurers to cover the legal profession, as opposed to the current mutual fund. The […]

Laptop computers to be allowed in prisons

The Prison Service is changing its policy to allow legal advisers to bring laptop computers when visiting clients in prison. The new practice will have immediate effect and will apply to all but 13 of the country’s 137 prisons. Many lawyers will be relieved that the Prison Service is finally taking account of developing technology, […]

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