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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 […]

GP/LP advice, women in PE and downstream trends

By Joanne Huckle More LPs are seeking independent legal advice.. Increasingly, I am instructed by LPs seeking their own Cayman legal counsel prior to committing capital.  It has always been a mystery to me why investors are willing to rely on the GP’s Cayman counsel when committing significant capital to a new fund.  As an attorney […]

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Naeema Choudry of Eversheds has commented on the new Flexible Working Regulations 2014, which extend the right to make a request for flexible working to any employee who has been employed for 26 weeks.  The regulations also make dramatic changes to the procedure for making such a request, replacing the prescriptive statutory regime that currently […]

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In-house teams grow by 33 per cent in a year as budgets rise

In-house legal teams expect to be larger and in control of bigger budgets next year according to new research revealing a 60 per cent rise in headcount in EMEA in-house teams since 2010. According to legal recruitment specialist Laurence Simons, the size of the average legal department in EMEA countries has increased by a third […]

Stewarts Law settles claim but fight continues for lawyer duo

There was concern across the profession last year after two Stewarts Law lawyers were struck off following a private prosecution. It was a legal first. Now the case against Stewarts Law – the one that kick started the Tribunal proceedings – has settled and the claimant, businessman Geoffrey Logue, is no longer pursuing his claims […]

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PayPal UK and Ireland head of legal, Tom Brown

Online payment specialist PayPal is innovative and dynamic, and that’s how Tom Brown, UK and Ireland head of legal, demands his team to be too PayPal is all about the future of money. Originally an online and now increasingly an offline payment business owned by Silicon Valley-based internet auction giant eBay, PayPal is an acute […]

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Leeds: Ridings of the storm

Leeds has taken a harder knock from the slump than its regional peers, with firm headcounts falling behind Manchester. But rejuvenation plans are brewing The Leeds financial and professional services market is, statistically speaking, the largest in the UK outside London. It employs around 9,400 people, according to TheCityUK. But in the past few years, […]

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