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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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I was very interested to discover that Leslie Dubow, the spokesman for the Solicitors Property Group, holds the opinion that the Law Society is a dinosaur. Mr Dubow would do well to remember that dinosaurs did in fact survive for many millions of years. This is a much longer existence than that experienced by some […]

Suppliers are given thumbs up

Alison Laferla reports Legal customers are not as dissatisfied with their IT suppliers as previous reports have suggested, according to the Legal Software Suppliers Association chairman John Wilde. A customer satisfaction survey conducted recently by the LSSA has revealed that most of the 426 respondents were happy with the overall service they received from their […]

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