Moves roundup: 19 January 2009

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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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Addleshaws shows 19 partners the door

Addleshaw Goddard has cut 19 from its partnership after deciding it has too many partners for its business needs. Each of the firm’s three offices and all practice divisions are affected by cuts. The partners concerned are expected to leave the firm within the coming months. Managing partner Mark Jones said: “This was a very […]

Secretarial adversarial

For a long time Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW), had the biggest number next to its name on our Legal Job Watch table, weighing in at a hefty 180 (see story). But recently the the mantle was passed to Clifford Chance, which upped the ante by opening talks with a massive 880 (see story). Staff at […]

Tulkinghorn: fold-up eager beaver

Spare a thought for the lawyers at Hill Dickinson’s brand spanking new Liverpool office. The building, which is completely clad in glass, offers spectacular views over the city. Too close for comfort Spare a thought for the lawyers at Hill Dickinson’s brand spanking new Liverpool office. The building, which is completely clad in glass, offers […]

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Pitch perfect

Taking part in a successful client meeting has never been so important and learning simple lessons on self presentation can help win business, says Jack Downton. The coming 12 months are set to make for a difficult year for the British legal industry. The intensifying downturn will inevitably lead to an increase in competition for […]

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