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TaskRabbit kicks off search for first UK legal chief

IKEA-owned household chores management platform TaskRabbit is on the hunt for its first UK legal chief. The app, which allows users to hire strangers for household duties and day-to-day tasks, is looking to appoint a UK-based lawyer to lead a local team dealing with issues in the country and in Europe. The hire will report […]


Firms wanted for Met Police’s new £65m panel

The Metropolitan Police Service is retendering its national legal panel, with the extended framework worth up to £65m. Up to 15 firms will be appointed to the new framework, which will be made up of four lots. Around three firms will be allocated to each. The Met Police said the £65m figure noted in the […]


World Wildlife Fund appoints new GC

The World Wildlife Fund for Nature UK (WWF) is the latest charity to appoint a new general counsel. In a time of much movement within charity in-house legal teams, Zoe Ballantyne joins WWF as GC from Diabetes UK, where she was head of legal and compliance for two years. She replaces WWF’s former GC Andrew […]

Avis hands panel spots to seven firms

Car rental giant Avis has finalised a seven-strong panel of legal advisers following its first review in four years. The new roster has seen no firms left out. It includes Eversheds Sutherland, Dentons, Reed Smith, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) and K&L Gates; US firms Littler Mendelson and Baker Donelson also made the cut. Each […]


Linklaters and Slaughters win panel places for Welsh Water

Linklaters, Eversheds Sutherland and Slaughter and May are among the ten firms to have secured contracts for DWR Cymru Cyfyngedig, or Welsh Water. A total of 24 contracts have been awarded – with six going to Eversheds. The firm has been awarded contracts in corporate, employment, competition, data protection, construction and health and safety. Both […]

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Nine key pension issues you’ll have to deal with in 2020

By Ian Chapman-Curry, Jason Coates, Glyn Ryland At the beginning of 2019, we flagged uncertainty around how or even whether Brexit would be delivered. At the start of 2020, we finally seem to have some more clarity on this issue. Will 2020 finally be the year that the UK leaves the European Union? And will […]

Legal design thinking demystified

What is Legal Design Thinking? Legal Design Thinking seems to be a trending term in the sector over the last few years but what does it actually mean? At Neota we approach the term as a combination of legal expertise, design and visual thinking but fundamentally, we ensure a human-centred approach is behind solving a […]

McCloud/Sargeant case: Government denied permission to appeal

By Paul Carney, Jenny Farrell The Supreme Court has denied the government permission to appeal the Court of Appeal’s judgment that transitional provisions introduced to the Judicial Pension Scheme (JPS) and Firefighters’ Pension Scheme (FPS) constituted unlawful age discrimination. Background In 2011, the Hutton report recommended reforms to public service pension schemes, which included a […]

The employer’s obligation on labour safety and hygiene in Mongolia

Mongolia is one of the wealthiest countries in the world of mineral resources and has developed its own independent mining industry since 1990. The country has joined the implementation of European and international technical, environmental and occupational safety and health standards in the mining sector to improve its competitiveness in the public and private sector. […]

Customs and trade – What should your Brexit planning cover?

As we edge closer to the UK’s planned exit date from the EU, 31 October 2019, it’s crucial for importers and exporters to understand the potential customs implications for their businesses – whatever the outcome from this date. Here, we explore the key considerations for managing customs compliance risks and the practical steps to take […]

Expanding legal firm reduces costs and increases security with Advanced Digital Dictation

Following the merger of two legal firms using two separate systems, Advanced software provided the best-fit solution: a Cloud service with high levels of security, a modern infrastructure and lower running costs. Attwaters Jameson Hill serves private clients and commercial organisations across Essex, Hertfordshire and outer London; across four offices, with 70-plus fee earners. We […]

Employment essentials: 5 lessons from September 2019

The historic Supreme Court hearing and judgment on the proroguing of Parliament was hands down the case of the month. Despite the continuing Brexit uncertainty, employment law developments continue. Gowling WLG’s employment, labour & equalities experts bring you the latest top five employment law developments that may affect your business: The dangers of selective waiver […]

Draft laws regulating private detective activities introduced in Ukraine

Two draft laws to regulate private detective activities in Ukraine have recently been introduced in the Ukrainian parliament. The first is Draft Law on private detective (search) activities No. 1228 dated 2 September 2019 (“Draft Law No. 1228“). Its contents and name are identical to Draft Law No. 1024, which was introduced during the previous […]

Attorneys’ fees reduced VAT rate to 8%

By Duygu Doğan, Afra Ertürk In the Official Gazette dated October 2, 2019 and numbered 30906, the President’s Decision no. In this context, VAT added to attorneys’ fees with the addendum made to the Karar Decision on Determination of Value Added Tax Rates to be Applied to Goods and Services “(“ Decision of the Council of rate was reduced from 18% (eighty percent) […]

A “moral hazard”? A look at state aid and “bailouts”

By Bernardine Adkins, Sean Giles Last week, Boris Johnson refused Thomas Cook’s request for financial assistance from the Government, reportedly to avoid a “moral hazard” for other failing businesses. Yet, when Condor – a German subsidiary of Thomas Cook – requested a reported €200m of financial assistance in that same week, the German government is reported to have provided a […]

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