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From footfall to clicks – experts talk retail risk

By Gary Assim and Sarah Teal Poundworld has entered administration, and just before that it was announced that House of Fraser would be closing 31 stores, many of which are in some of the UK’s largest cities. It is no secret that many retailers have been adversely affected by the shopping habits of consumers, ever […]

Austria: The time has come – Federal Procurement Act 2018 just around the corner

More than four years after the entry into force of the new EU Public Procurement Directive (2014/24/EU), more than two years after the deadline for transposition and more than one year after publication of the first transposition draft, the time has come. Following the respective resolutions of the Council of Ministers and the Federal Council […]

Ireland: Proposed amendments to the Parental Leave Bill

The Parental Leave (Amendment) Bill 2017, which extends the applicability and duration of parental leave, was passed by the Dail yesterday. The Bill will now proceed to the Seanad where it must be passed before it is signed into law by the President. If enacted, the legislation will come into operation three months after its […]

Employment Briefing – June 2018

This month’s newsletter covers: Gender pay gap reporting – are you on track for next year’s report? Proposals to enhance workplace rights for fathers EHRC highlights deficient workplace protections against sexual harassment Changes to taxation of termination payments Employers who engage contractors – Be aware of new corporate criminal offences for failing to prevent facilitation […]

Switzerland: revised version of corporate tax reform

On 7 June 2018, the Swiss Council of States  issued its revised version for a corporate tax reform. It is based on the government’s proposal issued in March 2017. The purpose of this new proposal is to set the basis for new rules on Swiss corporate taxation (the last proposal having been rejected in a […]

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Hammonds’ former national head of construction, David Jones (left), is to retire this year following 10 years with the firm. Jones joined Hammonds in 1995 from Masons, and headed the firm’s 75-strong construction, engineering and projects practice until last month. Leeds-based partner Simon Palmer is replacing Jones as department head.

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Some of the highest achievers start late in life. Some of those people end up at the very top of their professions. It’s the benefit of life experience, they say. Claire Singleton, managing partner at Kent firm Clarkson Wright & Jakes, fits neatly into that mould. At 48, she is heading a 12-partner regional practice […]

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Simmons & Simmons has been hit with the double loss of its London and New York IP heads to Kilpatrick Stockton. Helen Newman, who has been a partner with Simmons since 1985, is joining Kilpatrick Stockton’s London office while Christopher Woods, a partner since 1993, will move to the US firm’s soon to open New […]

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Reality television post Big Brother, Hell’s Kitchen and I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! has never been hotter. As tabloids fight for exclusive interviews with the latest batch of Big Brother housemates, it can be tempting to dream of the money they’re making and the glamour of their newfound, although usually minutes-long, fame. […]

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