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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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Andersens close to Portuguese link-up

Arthur Andersen is understood to be close to announcing a link-up with leading Portuguese firm AM Pereira Saragga Leal Oliveira Martins Judice e Associados. The move could mark the next stage of the firm’s ambition to become one of the largest providers of legal services in Europe by 2000. Meanwhile, sources close to Andersens in […]

Strategic moves

A recent series of mergers in the Australian legal market is a sign of ambition rather than a return of the volatility of the last recession, reports Patrick Stewart.P atrick Stewart is a freelance journalist. Last month, Freehill Hollingdale & Page, a top Australian commercial practice consummated its marriage to Perth firm Parker & Parker, […]

Time for innovation

Staff must be involved in any implementation of IT in the firm, says Andrew Levison. Andrew Levison is head of legal IT at The David Andrews Partnership. Firms have had some success in automating standard procedures such as accounts, time recording, debt collection and uninsured loss recovery. However, only a tiny minority of firms has […]

IT's a question of support

Skilled computer staff do not come cheap. But how much do you really need them? John Irving offers a few pointers. Striking the right balance between providing too much in the way of IT staff or not providing enough is always a tricky issue. Law firms are “law shops”, not software houses, and skilled IT […]

Bar Council warns Govtagainst public defenders

The Bar Council has put the Government on warning not to introduce a public defender scheme, insisting that it would be a disaster for the profession. Senior barristers launched a pre-emptive strike against the public defender concept at the Bar Conference last month, amid growing fears among barristers that the Government is poised to an […]

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