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SEOs declared invalid – key issues for employers in Ireland

The recent decision of the Irish High Court in National Electrical Contractors of Ireland v the Labour Court, the Minister for Business Enterprise and Innovation Ireland and the Attorney General (2019 No. 280 JR) will have a significant impact on employers and employees currently bound by Sectoral Employment Orders (SEO) in the electrical contracting, mechanical engineering, building and construction sectors.

Zuckerberg and the Facebook ad boycott how will it end

The #StopHateforProfit campaign was launched just over two weeks ago, on 17 June 2020, with a striking advert in the LA Times asserting that Facebook had “allowed incitement to violence against protestors fighting for racial justice in America.” The campaign urged advertisers to hit Facebook in their pockets and withdraw their advertising from the site in the month July. […]

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Keeping up appearances

Sonnenschein and Cadwalader got plaudits for being open about their redundancies. Others were more coy. Which is best: transparency or stealth? The beauty of law firms has traditionally been their counter-cyclical nature. The presence of a hefty litigation or arbitration group has provided a natural hedge against a market crash in any particular transactional business […]

McGrigors swaps Manchester office

McGrigors has moved into new offices in Manchester after launching in the city in January. The new premises, at Pinnacle Building on King Street, are part of McGrigors’ efforts to reposition itself as a UK national firm. McGrigors’ Manchester team includes six fee-earners, led by partners Nick Ogden and Peter Blackmore, with the firm hoping […]

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Martineau Johnson re-brands as ‘Martineau’

Martineau Johnson has rebranded itself as ‘Martineau,’ dropping the ‘Johnson‘ from its name. The firm has also replaced its logo, formerly the interlocking letters “M” and “J”, with three vertical lines “to represent the firm’s new core values: integrity, inspiration and innovation,” managing partner Bill Barker said. Barker continued: “We listened to our clients, the […]

Trio picks up buyout of Partnership

Clyde & Co, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Travers Smith have been instructed in the private equity buyout of retirement solutions company Partnership. Freshfields corporate partner Adrian Maguire advised the buyer, Cinven, in a deal worth €200m (£157.78m). Clyde & Co represented the seller, Phoenix Equity Partners, through corporate partner Gary Thorpe. The PA management instructed […]

Bad review prompts SFO to create GC-style role

The Serious Fraud Office is to create a general counsel-style role in response to a scathing review that branded the organisation as lacking clarity, focus and management. The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is to create a general counsel-style role in response to a scathing review that branded the organisation as lacking clarity, focus and management. […]

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