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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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City-based Rosenblatt has successfully acted for the Revelan Group on the refinancing, with Halifax, of 27 industrial estate investments worth more than £20m. The commercial property department at Rosenblatts, led by Peter Kay, worked on the deal. The industrial estate developments are located throughout the UK.

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Law Society council votes to pay its members

Law Society council members have voted to pay themselves for time spent in meetings, ignoring warnings that the move will deepen the council’s unpopularity within the profession. At a full council meeting, vice-president Robert Sayer pleaded with members to reject the idea, claiming the timing for such a move was wrong. He said: “I have […]

Mills & Reeve poaches rival

Taylor Vinters’ senior partner is joining rival Cambridge firm Mills & Reeve. Herbert Robinson leaves Taylor Vinters after nearly 30 years with the firm and one of its predecessors, Taylors of Newmarket. He will join Mills & Reeve as a partner in the commercial property group. He follows his wife, Isabel Napper, who left Taylor […]

Property

The property team at Edge Ellison in London advised Henderson Investors and Commercial Union on the recent £95m sale of the Kingfisher Shopping Centre, Redditch, to Thornfield Properties and Lehman Brothers, a US investment bank. Partner Jonathan Morshead led the team, which has also recently advised Commercial Union on the sale of a mixed portfolio, […]

Halliwells ex-partner takes clients with him

Halliwell Landau’s former head of licensing has resurfaced at Weightmans claiming he has taken scores of clients with him. Anthony Horne, who joined Weightmans’ Manchester office as head of licensing on 19 April, says: “I brought all my clients from Halliwell Landau.” He adds: “I sent out 115 letters of authority and I have received […]

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