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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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Rent dispute reaches the Lords

The Law Lords have granted leave for an appeal by the London Assessment Committee. Curtis v Chairwoman of the London Rent Assessment Committee involves annual rents registered for two flats in an East London block in June 1993. A rent officer registered rents of £3,900 and £3,640 while the landlord argued for higher figures. In […]

Lawyers must answer to new EU crime-buster

By Mike Yuille. The launch this Thursday of Europol, the pan-European Union money laundering and drug smuggling investigator, will place new duties on commercial solicitors to disclose details of suspicious clients and will heighten the chances of solicitors coming under surveillance. The UK’s Europol member will be the National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS), the same […]

Is this the court of tomorrow?

Bill Cannings gives a guided tour of information technology that could dispose of paper bundles in the courtroom. Bill Cannings is managing director at Valid Information Systems. A casual observer arriving at court two of Southwark Crown Court building would be forgiven for thinking that they had stepped into a Nasa control centre. The judge’s […]

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