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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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Kenya embraces Law Society mission

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New scheme set up to rival Solicitors Property Centres

One of the pioneers of the solicitors property shop concept is to establish a rival to the planned Solicitors Property Centres (SPC) chain. Solicitor Michael Garson, who in February this year organised one of the first conferences calling for solicitors to band together and sell property, has now set up the Independent Property Solicitors Organisation […]

In brief: Berwins consultant to head property firm

Berwin Leighton consultant Victor Benjamin, has been appointed non-executive director at property consultants Richard Ellis. Benjamin is also chairman of Beazer Group and Tesco Pension Trustees and deputy chairman of Lex Service.

Contributing to community care cost

A fight has erupted over whether local authorities can force people to contribute to their home care costs, reports Roger Pearson Local authorities throughout the country are awaiting judgment in a case that could have widespread implications for the financing of community care services. The pending High Court decision by Mr Justice Popplewell follows the […]

Weil Gotshal spreads its wings

US firm Weil Gotshal & Manges is moving into three floors of the prestigious new Helicon building in the City to make room for the 120 UK lawyers it expects to have poached before 2000. Former Clifford Chance partner Maurice Allen, who opened the firm’s first City office in January last year has just recruited […]

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