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New IR35 rules for contractors in the private sector from 6 April 2020

By David Smedley, Andrew Rayment ew 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 […]

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The European Court of Justice’s (ECJ) decision to refuse in house counsel legal privilege in cartel cases has been met with disapproval by the British legal community. The hotly awaited ruling was handed down yesterday (Tuesday 14 September), bringing to an end a six-year legal battle between chemical manufacturer Akzo Nobel and the European Commission […]

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Thompsons Solicitors donated £17,000 cash to the Labour Party in the two weeks before the May general election ­delivered a hung parliament. This comes on top of the £176,000 donated in cash and services by the firm to the party since 2001. Thompsons chief executive Stephen Cavalier said: ­”Thompsons is a labour movement firm that […]

Happy bye day, Lehman

“I can’t help but think this is a sign of really bad news.” Those were the sage words penned by the first reader to post a comment on our story, two years ago today, that Linklaters had been appointed to advise PwC as administrators to Lehman (see story). Given the worst recession in living memory, […]

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