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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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Fried Frank hit by another European raid

French independent De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has raided the Paris office of Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson, snaring a seven-lawyer team. The group includes corporate partner Patrick Jais and intellectual property specialist Barbara Levy, both of whom joined Fried Frank in 2005 from French boutique, Veil Jourde. The team joined De Pardieu yesterday. This […]

37 in second redundancy consultation at LG

LG has launched a second redundancy consultation which could see up to 37 members of staff lose their jobs. Seventeen fee-earners including partners and an additional 20 support staff have their jobs under review. Managing partner Hugh Maule (pictured) said: “We’ve been reviewing all aspects of our business closely and cutting costs where possible for […]

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Herbert Smith advises on Nortel administration

Herbert Smith has won another instruction on an administration with a Canadian element, advising Ernst & Young (E&Y) on the administration of the European businesses of Canadian telephone manufacturer Nortel Networks. As reported on TheLawyer.com the firm also advised E&Y on the administration of oil exploration company Oilexco North Sea (19 January). On Nortel, the […]

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Freshfields launches US litigation practice

Magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has launched a US litigation practice after hiring a trio of partners from two leading US practices. Aaron Marcu and Adam Siegel join from the New York office of Covington & Burling while Benito Romano joins from Willkie Farr & Gallagher. At Covington Marcu was coordinator of the firm’s […]

IP special report: Crimes of fashion

Copying has long been viewed as part and parcel of the fashion industry. But as the downturn bites, designers and retailers are increasingly taking action to protect their brands. Copying in the fashion industry is certainly not a new phenomenon. What is new is the growing trend in litigation against copiers. Whereas in the past […]

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