Moves round-up: 29 September

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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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Ashurst secures salary lifeline for Lehman Brothers’ UK staff

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Public sector

As The Lawyer revealed last week (22 September), the UK’s largest unitary authority Birmingham City Council is reviewing its legal panel of 21 firms. Director of governance Mirza Ahmad will next month invite existing panel firms to apply for contracts that are set to begin in September 2009 and which taken together account for an […]

Facebook hires former White House man as GC

Facebook has hired Kirkland & Elllis partner Theodore Ullyot as its new general counsel. Ullyot was the former chief of staff to Alberto Gonzales, who was the US attorney general until his resignation last year following accusations of perjury. Ullyot will be based in Facebook’s California headquarters, moving from Kirkland’s Washington office. He took the […]

23 Essex St raid gives 1COR four female silks

One Crown Office Row has hired Joanna Glynn QC from 23 Essex Street, taking the set’s tally of female silks to four. Glynn, who was called in 1983 and took silk in 2002, said she was moving chambers in a bid to develop the disciplinary and regulatory aspects of her practice. One Crown Office Row’s […]

Andrew Cowan: Devonshires

If a movie was being made about your life, which actor would play you and why?Anyone capable of ­behaving like a drama queen. What was your first-ever job?Waiter. What was your worst ­experience as a trainee?A humiliating fight with a photocopier. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really […]

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