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Moët Hennessy names new legal chief after Meyer exit

Luxury French conglomerate LVMH has named a new legal head for its Moët Hennessy brand in Europe, after the departure of former director Isabelle Meyer to Just Eat. Jeremy Barker has been appointed as its legal director, following a four-month stint as a consultant solicitor at the company. This is a continuation of his relationship with […]

Isabelle Meyer

Moët’s legal head exits for new role at Just Eat

Moët Hennessy’s European legal director Isabelle Meyer is to move on from the company in the New Year, after six years with the luxury goods conglomerate. The Lawyer can reveal Meyer will be joining Just Eat’s legal team, taking up a position as deputy general counsel. She will report to the company’s current group general counsel James […]

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Lloyds Bank gears up for New Year panel review

Eight firms will be expected to fight for their places on Lloyds Bank’s UK panel in the New Year, with the bank poised to review its list of legal advisers. The firms currently on the core panel are CMS, Eversheds Sutherland, Herbert Smith Freehills and Ashurst, as well as Addleshaw Goddard, Hogan Lovells, and magic […]

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TfL kicks off first panel review in six years

Transport for London (TfL) has kicked off its first panel review since 2012, putting scrutiny on the eleven firms already on the roster. The panel is worth at least £86m to its chosen firms, with the eight-lot roster running for a minimum of four years. The firms will be given until 18 January to tender, […]

Stethoscope, doctor, health

HCA Hospitals legal team set for shake-up as leader departs after 30 years

Hospital Corporation of America (HCA)’s longstanding UK legal head is to stand down at the end of the year. Jasy Loyal is executive director and vice president of legal at the Nashville-headquartered healthcare company. Loyal’s time at HCA has spanned more than 30 years, during which time she oversaw one of the largest buyouts and […]

Royal Mail loses legal chief to FTSE 100 rival

Royal Mail’s general counsel has resigned from her position and will take the top legal spot at EasyJet in mid-2019. Maaike de Bie will replace EasyJet’s interim GC Daud Khan, who was seconded over from Clifford Chance where he is a junior corporate partner. Khan has been holding the fort at EasyJet since it was revealed […]

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HighQ launches AI survey, aiming to sift through the hype

When it comes to artificial intelligence in the legal industry, the number of platform options are soaring with almost 70 companies focused on creating AI-enabled legal technology solutions, according to a LawGeex report. It’s also clear that firms and other businesses will want to evaluate and invest in multiple AI platforms to solve different problems, […]

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 […]

Microchipping: The future of employee surveillance?

By Stuart McBride Inspired by the initial move to microchip employees by a firm in Wisconsin last year; as many as 150 employees in the UK have already been fitted with microchip implants. As technology continues to impact the way we all work, there may be merits to the rumoured introduction. That said, there are […]

Upcoming webinar: Improve firm-wide collaboration, security and efficiency with one tool

Introduction The legal landscape is fierce and technology can help your firm get ahead, but only if your lawyers will actually use it. See how HighQ’s next-generation platform combines accessibility, collaboration and task management with security to offer your firm a competitive advantage. Join the webinar to explore: Intelligent collaboration and optimised legal service delivery […]

Christmas parties in the #MeToo era: how to minimise risk

By Michael Briggs A year has passed since the birth of the #MeToo movement shone the spotlight on accounts of sexual harassment across the globe. As we enter Christmas party season, employers should be mindful of their legal responsibilities to protect their employees. The Christmas party Christmas parties should be a time for people to celebrate […]

Employment essentials: November 2018

By Jane Fielding, Connie Cliff This month Gowling WLG’s employment, labour & equalities experts discuss their pick of November’s top five employment law developments that may affect your business: Unfair dismissal & employees entitled to PHI payments Disability discrimination & excluded conditions Holiday leave: use it or lose it? Non-disclosure agreements remain in the spotlight […]

Webinar: Tupe & Pensions – major concerns 2018

This TUPE Club webinar answers five pension-related questions which often cause headaches on transactions and outsourcings: Pensions don’t generally transfer under TUPE, so what do you have to do about them? What’s the difference between an occupational and a personal pension scheme and why does it matter on a transfer? When might the 60 day […]

Ontario government rolls backs the clock on 2017’s labour reforms

On Nov. 21, 2018, the Ontario government passed Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018 (“Bill 47“). This Bill was the Conservative government’s response to major legislative reforms by the predecessor Liberal government affecting Ontario’s workplaces. Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (“Bill 148“) was tabled in June of 2017, and brought considerable amendments to the Employment Standards […]

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