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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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Like-minded women see birth of own network

A NEW association promoting the interests of young women across the legal profession has been launched following strong interest in its formation. Inaugural meetings of Young Women Lawyers (YWL) will be held in Leeds and London next month, and group organisers – Rowley Ashworth solicitor Sam James and barrister Suzanne McKie – are looking for […]

Burnett-Hall branches out at Bristows

MCKENNA & Co partner Richard Burnett-Hall has defected to Bristows Cooke & Carpmael, where he will establish an environmental law service to business clients and other law firms. Burnett-Hall, an environmental law expert, says he decided to move in order to go to a smaller firm where he could develop a specialist niche practice. He […]

No lawyer is an island

Tim Miller reports on the increasing number of sole practitioners who meet kindred spirits in legal networks The joys of working alone – independence, flexibility, and control. But lawyers know that life as a sole practitioner comes at a cost. Overheads cannot be shared, support staff are thin on the ground and office politics may […]

Laserform joins in to form user group

Fennell Betson reports The Laserform users group being set up will be a lobby group as much as a traditional users’ body, predicts James Mackintosh, former chair of the Society for Computers & Law. Mackintosh recently chaired a meeting at the Law Society in London which was organised by the supplier of computer generated forms […]

Garretts sets up office in Birmingham

Garrett & Co’s growth continues with confirmation of its move into Birmingham. Managing partner Julia Chain says: “We have Midlands-based clients and it makes sense to serve them locally with local resources.” The announcement that the Arthur Andersen-associated firm is recruiting in the area follows its decision to open an office in Manchester. Chain denies […]

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