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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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Hammonds partners face informal 14-month lock-in

Hammonds is considering asking partners to commit to an informal 14-month lock-in in an attempt to stem the tide of departures from the firm. The Lawyer understands that the move is under discussion following a recent wave of departures from the firm. A total of 12 partners have announced their resignations since 1 January this […]

Jones Day joins $1bn turnover club

Jones Day‘s 2004 fee income has jumped by 5 per cent to $1.03bn (£540m), making it the latest US firm to smash the $1bn turnover ceiling. Average profit per equity partner also increased by 5 per cent from $923,000 (£483,000) to $969,000 (£507,000). Meanwhile, last month, Jones Day’s London office suffered the loss of another […]

Pillsbury-Shaw Pittman merger offloads litigation team to Hunton

Merging US firms Pillsbury Winthrop and Shaw Pittman have made their first bold moves to transfer unwanted practices, sending a 20-lawyer insurance litigation team to Hunton & Williams and three aviation lawyers to Hogan & Hartson Merging US firms Pillsbury Winthrop and Shaw Pittman have made their first bold moves to transfer unwanted practices, sending a 20-lawyer […]

A&O corporate team sent home after Canary Wharf plan flops

Allen & Overy (A&O) has recalled its entire Canary Wharf-based corporate team after what one source called a “failed experiment” in building corporate relationships with Canary Wharf’s investment banks. Eight corporate partners and around 40 other staff are vacating a floor at Canary Wharf and returning to New Change. In their place, the firm’s entire […]

Post-merger DLA plummets in ‘best firm to work for’ list

DLA has sunk 53 places in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For list. DLA has sunk 53 places in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For list. DLA was one of the highest ranked law firms at 35 in 2004, but the now-merged DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary languishes at […]

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