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Case law update: December 2018

By David Smedley, Andrew Rayment Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd – Employer held liable for managing director’s violent conduct The Court of Appeal has found a company vicariously liable for the violent conduct of its managing director at a Christmas party where the attack left an employee severely disabled.

New IR35 rules for contractors in the private sector from 6 April 2020

By David Smedley, Andrew Rayment New IR35 changes due to take effect in the private sector from 6 April 2020 will have a significant impact on businesses that engage consultants or contractors via intermediary companies (either directly or through an agency). Affected employers will need to plan for these changes well in advance. Following a […]

Ethnicity pay gap reporting

By David Smedley, Andrew Rayment Mandatory pay gap reporting on grounds of ethnicity (similar to gender pay gap reporting) could be on the horizon. In line with a manifesto commitment, the Government has published a consultation paper on introducing mandatory pay gap reporting on ethnicity grounds. The consultation comes on the heels of the Government’s […]

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 […]

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£100m Indian debentures issuance guided by Khaitan & Co

Khaitan advised Kotak Mahindra Bank in relation to issuance of listed, rated, unsecured, unguaranteed, redeemable non-convertible debentures of some $158m (£100m) by Jindal Steel & Power on a private placement basis to Kotak Mahindra. Associate partner Ashwin Bishnoi led the transaction. 

Arbitration

The enforcement of arbitration awards against the defendant’s goods in England and Wales.

Hong Kong

Wilberforce and Ten Old Square silks instructed on $10bn Nina Wang appeal

Silks from Wilberforce Chambers and Ten Old Square have been instructed on the final stages of a landmark case in Hong Kong concerning the $10bn (£7bn) estate of the late Nina Wang, once the richest woman in Asia. The long running litigation over Wang’s home-made will, which left her entire estate to a charitable corporation, will […]

Singapore

Taylor Wessing Singapore member services arm prepares for IPO

Taylor Wessing’s Singapore member firm RHTLaw Taylor Wessing is preparing to list its professional services arm on the Singapore Stock Exchange’s secondary Catalist board, with a flotation expected in the first quarter of 2016. RHT Holdings, which is currently owned by RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s equity partners, is the umbrella company for businesses focusing on compliance, […]

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Referral relationships go under the microscope at inaugural European Legal Networks Summit

Lawyers from around Europe are gathering in London today and tomorrow (11 and 12 March) to unpick the key elements in forging successful referral relationships for cross-border work. Delegates at The Lawyer’s inaugural European Legal Networks Summit will hear from a range of speakers, including BT Global Services general counsel Liz Walker, Travers Smith managing […]

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