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Legal team cuts expected in Centrica’s company-wide cull

Energy and services company Centrica is to axe roles from its legal function, as part of the company’s wide-scale job cuts due to challenges in the energy market. The owner of British Gas and FTSE 100 constituent yesterday announced that it plans to cut around 700 management and back office jobs this summer, although the […]

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Kier Group goes off-panel for legal advice as it axes housing business

Ashurst is acting for Kier Group in the sale of its housebuilding and property businesses, as it embarks on a two-year radical turnaround plan to lower its debt and stabilise the business. Corporate partner Nick Williamson has taken the lead for Kier, which is slashing costs by selling off its property arm Kier Living, its […]

Leicester City legal chief takes up new role ahead of Commonwealth Games

Caroline McGrory, who has led Leicester City FC’s legal team for two years, has joined as general counsel of Birmingham’s 2022 Commonwealth Games. McGrory joined the sporting event’s team in April and is responsible for the management of all legal issues regarding the organisation, operation and staging of the Commonwealth Games. Birmingham 2022 confirmed that […]


Thomas Cook GC moves over to FTSE 100 developer

Alice Marsden, who has led Thomas Cook’s legal operations for three years, is to become Taylor Wimpey’s general counsel at the end of this year. The move comes as Thomas Cook revealed it has been approached by its largest shareholder Fosun International for a potential sale. However, the travel operator noted there was no certainty […]

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Former Latham partner finds new in-house role

Financial services provider Apex has hired Andrew Macklin as its new general counsel, following his recent in-house role at Monzo Bank. Macklin, a corporate lawyer by trade, left Latham in 2018 to fill in as Monzo’s interim legal head as the bank ramped up recruitment efforts to fill the role permanently. The role at Monzo […]

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Close Brothers ends search for new GC with RateSetter hire

The general counsel of peer-to-peer lending start-up RateSetter has left the business to join merchant bank Close Brothers. Angela Yotov will take on the general counsel role at the bank in early August, replacing incumbent Elizabeth Lee, who will retire as the company’s legal head at the end of July. Lee joined Close Brothers as […]

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Latest in-house briefings

NI employers remain liable for higher holiday pay costs

By Leeanne Armstrong In a landmark ruling the Court of Appeal (CA) yesterday upheld an Industrial Tribunal (IT) decision that police officers and civilian staff are owed substantial back pay in respect of underpaid holiday pay. (Alexander Agnew & Others v Chief Constable for the Police Service of Northern Ireland & Others [2019] NICA 32) The original decision […]

EDPB: supervisory authority survey

With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) being in force for over a year, late last month the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) issued a press release containing a snapshot of certain processes in relation to the GDPR. The EDPB has highlighted some key figures at both a European and national level…

The ‘hidden epidemic’ of sexual harassment of LGBT+ people in the workplace

By Michael Briggs The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has reported that nearly seven in ten lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT+) people have been sexually harassed at work. Background In October 2017, the #MeToo campaign went viral. The campaign sparked global conversations about the prominence of sexual harassment in the workplace, and many women felt […]

What should employers expect post #MeToo?

By Stuart McBride The #MeToo movement that grabbed the headlines in 2018 shows no signs of slowing down, with campaigners now branching out beyond sexual harassment to tackle other forms of unlawful behaviour. The House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee (‘the Committee’) has now published its report on the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in discrimination […]

GDPR a year on: 10 top tips for pensions trustees

As we pass one year after the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force, trustees may have thought they could heave a sigh of relief. But GDPR is for life and compliance continues to pose ongoing challenges. We’ve prepared 10 trustee tips to help to continue managing your risk and how to evidence GDPR […]

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Employment essentials: top 5 lessons from May 2019

Here are our five significant employment law developments you should be aware of this month – what they are and how they might impact your business. Employers are not required to match enhanced maternity pay for fathers taking shared parental leave Working time: Employers must have a system for measuring daily working hours of their […]

Legal changes on the horizon

Shoosmiths provides a summary of some of the proposed legal changes relevant to commercial organisations anticipated in the next 12 months

Jersey pensions update

This Jersey pensions update includes the latest news in relation to: a proposed pensions regulatory regime; approved pension schemes and unapproved pension schemes in Jersey; defined benefit or defined contribution schemes in Jersey; multi-jurisdictional occupational pension schemes; pension sharing orders for divorcing couples in Jersey; Jersey discrimination laws in relation to retirement age; and Jersey […]

What the EU elections mean for Brexit

Nigel Farage’s newly formed Brexit party won the most UK seats in the EU Parliament elections, delivering a significant challenge to the nation’s two main political parties. It proved a momentous result on several fronts after the Conservatives turned in their worst electoral performance since the 1830s, securing only four seats and 9% of the vote. […]

Coworking – opportunities for landlords

June 6th was National Coworking Day across the UK. Many shared office spaces are opening their doors for one day, allowing individuals and companies to experience coworking for free. As the market for flexible office space and coworking solutions continues to grow, new shared workspaces and operators are emerging across the UK. These include, Clockwise, […]

Impact of sentencing guideline on regulatory fines

By Joanne Sear The impact of the Health and Safety, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene Offences Definitive Guideline (the “Guideline”), introduced on 1 February 2016, has recently been analysed in a Sentencing Council report (impact assessment). Published figures show a significant increase in the sizes of fines imposed on organisations since the Guideline […]

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