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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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Rewiring the circuit court system

Although the Bar opposes altering the circuits, some in the profession think change is desirable, says Rebecca Towers. Rebecca Towers is a freelance journalist. Circuit leaders are preparing to vigorously oppose any government plans to dismember the six-circuit system. Although the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) has assured The Lawyer that the judges’ circuits are not […]

Partnership revolt forces Dibbs to drop cash call plan

Dibb Lupton Alsop is understood to have dropped a controversial plan for a cash call to boost its tax reserves after a rebellion among its 142 junior partners. Sources close to the firm said Dibbs hoped that its junior partners, referred to as “fixed share partners”, would forgo a proportion of their income to increase […]

In brief: Brighton walks off with first Lexcel award

The Law Society has awarded its first ever Lexcel quality mark to Brighton & Hove Council’s legal team (pictured above (l-r) Claer Lloyd Jones, Charlotte Snazell,John Heys, Bob Bruce and Alex Bailey). The award – which recognises adherence to the society’s practice management standards – was made after a two-day inspection.

Weil Gotshal duo move to Cadwaladers

Dennis Block, Weil Gotshal & Manges’ mergers and acquisitions rainmaker, who resigned over the cost of the firm’s London office, and its international financial restructuring partner Bruce Zirinsky are joining the New York office of US rival Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft.

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