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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 […]

Experts’ Agendas: A warning from the bench

“it certainly should not become routine to provide two versions which, as here, travel over much of the same ground. That approach tests the patience of the experts (and frankly of the court); produces a lengthier joint statement; potentially increases costs and is simply not the best way to focus on the issues. I do […]

Court of Appeal has held that public policy interests do not justify the release of restrictive covenants

By Bill Howard, Michael Callaghan The Court of Appeal has held that public policy interests do not justify the release of restrictive covenants where a developer deliberately builds houses on land in breach of those covenants. Background Millgate, a property developer, obtained planning permission for, and then built, houses and flats on a development site. Part […]

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IP boutique Rouse names new head of UK

IP specialist Rouse has appointed a new head of its UK operations, with Luke Minford moving into the role after six years heading the firm’s office in China. He has been replaced in the China head role by Linda Chang.  “Many of my peers in China have questioned why I’d move to the UK when […]

Litigation: Up, up and a wait

While litigation practices for the top 15 firms can boast a 4 per cent average rise in revenue, there is still no sign of the predicted boom, reports Katy Dowell Litigation revenue improved across the top 15 UK practices last year, but the long predicted litigation boom has still failed to materialise. Nevertheless, total revenue […]

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Clifford Chance, Milbank Tweed Hadley McCloy and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom have landed the key roles on private equity house Permira’s acquisition of Asia ­Broadcast Satellite holding company Kingsbridge. The deal, understood to be worth around $200m (£129m), marks the first Asian investment by the buyout firm since the start of the financial crisis. Skadden […]

BLG loses arbitration head to Wragges

Wragge & Co has hired the London-based head of the international arbitration practice at Barlow Lyde & Gilbert. Peter Flint will join Wragges in October to lead its international arbitration offering, which sits as part of a team of 12 commercial litigation partners including Andrew Manning Cox and Nicola Mumford. Senior partner Quentin Poole said […]

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