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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 […]

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 […]

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KPMG loses another to Sonnenberg

South African firm Sonnenberg Hoffman & Galombik has taken another KPMG international tax partner, following the appointment of 14 KPMG lawyers at the end of September The team had been at KPMG for only a few months, arriving from Andersen following the Enron scandal.Ana-Celia Mendes will be based in the firm’s Joh-annesburg office, which was […]

Cooley-Pennie merger talks called off after money row

Merger talks between New York’s Pennie & Edmonds and the West Coast’s Cooley Godward have collapsed after the two firms came to blows over accounting differences Talks between the two firms were already beginning to unravel two weeks ago because of integration issues after a group of heavyweight partners at Pennie’s New York office spoke […]

RBS picks Theodores for property financing

Theodore Goddard has scooped one of the largest property financing deals this year, advising Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) on Rotch Group’s £340m refinancing of Shell Mex House. Banking partner Michael Black led the deal, assisted by property partner Andrew Hill and senior banking associate Geraldine Lord. Theodore Goddard, which is one of the bank’s […]

Cobbetts breaks into Germany with AirPlus

Cobbetts has just completed a major commercial deal, acting for Frankfurt-based company AirPlus International in its joint project with British Airways to provide an upgraded cardless payment scheme for corporate travel AirPlus is a provider of corporate services in Europe, with more than 16,000 corporate customers and an accounting turnover of E7.2bn (£4.5bn) in 2001. […]

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