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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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In brief: New blood at Pinsents, Trowers and Mundays

Pinsent Curtis’ Birmingham office has hired tax partner Stephen Pallister from Osborne Clarke. Trowers & Hamlins has taken on leading environmental lawyer Andrew Wiseman. And Surrey firm Mundays has recruited aviation lawyer David Irving from Seddons.

Spreading the risk of CFA gamble

Mark Parkhouse says litigators taking on conditional fee work should cover their backs by asking clients to see another solicitor to thrash out the details of the CFA. Mark Parkhouse is a litigation partner at Rakisons in London. It was Lord Justice Millett who said in court only this year: “A contingency fee which entitles […]

Surgeon gains appeal ground

Surgeon Umesh Chandra Gaud, who claims he contracted tuberculosis and hepatitis B while working for Leeds Health Authority in the 1980s, has moved forward in his bid to sue the authority. The authority has sought to block his claim on the basis that limitation periods have expired. But now the Court of Appeal has granted […]

Old troubles haunt the new South Africa

In post apartheid South Africa, the man hired to kill you yesterday could be your client today. Senior advocate Eberhard Bergelsmann stood on the pavement outside the Pretoria Supreme Court buildings with a group of jubilant clients – former members of the apartheid government’s military intelligence group. Bergelsmann had just won the shadowy operatives a […]

Tennis star courts libel case

Ivan Lendl, former world tennis champion, is heading for a High Court legal showdown in London with leading gossip columnist Nigel Dempster. Lendl has launched libel proceedings against Dempster and Associated Newspapers over an article in Dempster’s Daily Mail column on 28 July, which was headed “Lendl sets off without his love”. Lendl is represented […]

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