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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. […]


North west recruitment crisis

ONLY one of the 200 trainee barristers applying to Liverpool-based Exchange Chambers can hope for pupillage there next year. And only one out of 250 applicants for a place at the Manchester office of Davies Arnold Cooper will get the job. The figures make alarming reading for lawyers wishing to work in the north-west. Roger […]

Paisners oversees Ascot shake-up

Paisner & Co is advising on the £173 million restructuring of leisure group Ascot Holdings. If successful, the refinancing will eliminate negative net worth of around u25 million and will replace this with shareholder funds of between u51 million and u61 million. The legal team is led by partner Keith Stella, with partners Stephen Nelson […]

Masons supports construction initiative

London law firm Masons has teamed up with the Building Employers Confederation in a drive to generate more construction projects under the Government’s Private Finance Initiative (PFI). It has worked with accountants Ernst & Young in publishing a guide, ‘Profiting from investment’, which explains how construction companies can become involved in PFI projects. Head of […]

Westminster accused ready for battle

It has been described as “the largest act of corruption in the history of local government; corruption of the machinery itself”. But now those with blackened reputations will have the chance to put their case at public hearings next month. Among them will be Robert Lewis, at Freshfields since 1988, but who joined Westminster Council […]

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