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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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Freshfields ousts Nabarros from HSBC head office deal

HSBC replaced Nabarro Nathanson with Freshfields last week as its adviser on the UK’s largest single office letting – its lease from Canary Wharf of a £500m, 41-storey Docklands headquarters. Nabarros, one of the property panel firms for HSBC and its subsidiary Midland Bank, had been advising the bank on its new headquarters when Canary […]

Two-nil to Dentons in “take or pay' litigation

Denton Hall has chalked up a second gas “take-or-pay” supply case victory over Herbert Smith in just two months. Last week Mr Justice Colman found in favour of National Power, advised by Denton Hall litigation partner Cathy Wilcox, in its action to recover over £20m plus interest which it claimed was due for gas delivered […]

A phoney war or a bitter fight to the death?

Solicitors are celebrating the promised relaxation of rights of audience restrictions. Shaun Pye assesses the threat posed to the Bar The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine’s consultation paper on rights of audience contains little comfort for the Bar. In one telling passage, the government claims that its reforms will not hurt the Bar before adding, just […]

Closing the "public interest' loophole

Local authorities are finding it more difficult to avoid responsibility for the actions of their employees, writes Roger Pearson. In the past there has been a string of cases in which local authorities have side-stepped a variety of claims on the basis that it would not be in the public interest for them to be […]

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