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London

Ince cuts 32 roles in London in latest redundancy consultation

Ince & Co‘s redundancy consultation has resulted in the departure of 32 people and a search to sub-let 22 per cent of the firm’s floor space in its London headquarters. Of those 32, 25 business services staff have now left the firm along with a further seven fee-earners, including one junior salaried partner. There are […]

Kevin Gold

Mishcon posts 8% rise in turnover as firm breaks £160m

An 8 per cent increase in turnover at Mishcon de Reya last year saw the firm break through the £160m barrier for the first time in its history, posting £161.3m for the 2017/18 financial year. The increase in the firm’s top line means it has now added more than £30m in revenue growth in the […]

Gateley posts third consecutive year of double-digit growth since IPO

Gateley’s revenue has increased by 11 per cent from £77.6m to £86.1m in its third full year as a listed entity. The firm posted double-digit rises across the board for 2017/2018, with profit before tax increasing by nearly 12 per cent from £13.1m in 2016/2017 to £14.6m. Adjusted earnings before interest and tax (EBITDA) saw a […]

High Court

Pinsents slammed for “shameful” treatment of defendants in Aeroflot case

A High Court judge has slammed Pinsent Masons for its actions following the death of Russian oligarch Nikolay Glushkov, accusing the firm of having lost “sight of any basic standard of decent and compassionate behaviour” in a long-running case brought by Russian airline Aeroflot. The litigation centered around allegations made against, among others, the late Russian oligarch […]

Reading, Thames Valley

CMS slashes Reading office headcount after fee-earner review

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang is to nearly halve the size of its Reading office after a review affecting the firm’s real estate practice, just over a year into its tripartite merger. The Lawyer understands the firm held a consultation with seven fee-earners in the real estate asset management practice, with the majority of the group relocating to […]

Fintech start-up builds legal team with first GC

The former general counsel of MarketInvoice Simon Coles has joined fintech start-up Capital On Tap as its first legal head. Capital On Tap provides tech-driven funding facilities to SMEs and enables customers to access instant funding to grow their business. Before his stint as general counsel at cashflow finance provider MarketInvoice, which ended last year, […]

British Airways

Linklaters and Eversheds lead in ongoing BA pensions dispute

Eversheds Sutherland has secured a decision to appeal a landmark High Court judgment for the pension trustees of the Linklaters-represented British Airways, which could see the airline pay out up to £12m in benefits. In a two-against-one decision, Lord Justice Patten dismissed the appeal while Lord Justices Lewison and Peter Jackson both elected to permit […]

Arrest warrant issued for Eurasian Resources Group CEO in SFO investigation

In the wake of the decade’s most important case concerning legal privilege, an arrest warrant has been issued against the CEO of the Eurasian Natural Resource Corporation (ENRC)’s parent company as part of the Serious Fraud Office’s ongoing investigation into a string of allegations. The warrant was issued against Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) CEO Benedikt […]

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher offers bonuses to non-fee earners for first time

Fieldfisher is making bonuses available for non-fee earners in the UK for the first time, after a string of stand-out financial results from the firm. The move means high-performing staff in Fieldfisher’s business services’ functions, for example, will be granted a bonus. However, the rewards are discretionary, meaning not everyone will be in line for […]

ITV hunts for new GC as Garard steps down

ITV’s longstanding general counsel Andrew Garard has stepped down after over a decade in the role. The television network has confirmed that Garard will leave his position on 31 July. He joined ITV in 2007 as group legal director and GC, before becoming company secretary two years later. He also sits on the board of […]

Analysis

Latest UK Briefings

AI, used correctly, can help solve some of our most pressing employment law issues

By Darran Brennan The World Economic Forum has defined Artificial Intelligence (AI) as an element of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) and something which will change our world and workplaces. This is similar to the changes envisaged during the previous industrial revolutions (let’s not forget the fears of the Luddites) but what is different now […]

How Vodafone reviewed its legal team’s workflow

In the second half of 2015 Vodafone began to review the workflow of its property legal team. The impetus behind the move was to get away from the in-house team’s immersion in every part of the property process, allied to a requirement across the business for greater efficiency, visibility of risk and digitisation. The Vodafone […]

Facebook: you have a £500,000 fine from the Information Commissioner’s Office

By Andrew Mills Facebook is set to be fined £500,000, the maximum amount possible, for two breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA 1998). Due of the timing of the breaches, the ICO was unable to levy the fines introduced by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which caps fines at the higher level of 20m […]

National minimum wage and ‘sleep-in’ shifts

By Connie Cliff and Martin Chitty Treatment of “sleep­-in” shifts for national minimum wage (NMW) purposes is an area that can often cause confusion. Where a worker is required to work a number of sleep­in night shifts at the employer’s premises, and be available in case of an emergency, does the full night shift constitute ‘working’ […]

Breaking Bad tenancies

In the 2018 county court case of Vanezis & Vanezis v Ozkoc and others the claimant landlords failed in their claim for possession of a café premises for breaches of covenant in the lease arising from, amongst others, the defendant tenant’s criminal conviction for conspiracy to supply class A drugs…

Claims management companies: The new regulatory regime

Walker Morris Banking Litigation partners Louise Power and Rob Aberdein explain the new regulatory regime and the Financial Conduct Authority’s proposals for changes to the regulation of claims management companies across England, Wales and Scotland…

Adjudication Matters – July 2018

The Courts have re-affirmed that, despite a contract containing an express right of set-off, it is only in exceptional circumstances that a party will be entitled to set-off another claim against an Adjudicator’s award. This case serves as a helpful reminder that a right to set-off is unlikely to apply to an Adjudicator’s decision. The […]

Sleeping time is not working time says Court of Appeal

By Siobhan Fitzgerald The social care sector is breathing a sigh of relief after the Court of Appeal in Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake reversed previous cases and decided that only time spent awake and working should be counted as working time for the purposes of calculating the national minimum wage.

Report of the Independent Review of the FOS is published

By Richard Hayllar On the 12 July 2018, the Financial Ombudsman Service (the FOS) published a report on an Independent Review carried out by Richard Lloyd (former Which? executive). The review was undertaken following the broadcast of the Channel 4 Dispatches programme which set out a number of concerns about the handling of FOS complaints.

Webinar: The role of soft skills in building a user adoption strategy for lawyers

Getting the right technology in place is the easy part of law firm innovation. The hard part is getting your lawyers using it. Watch Stuart Barr, Scott Reid and Kate Simpson have a lively discussion about change management strategies and soft skills that innovation teams can use to help lawyers adopt new technology…

The practical guide to legal knowledge management

The ability to capture, harness and re-use corporate knowledge has always been important in law firms, and knowledge management is key to doing so. This guide shows you how enterprise-grade social tools can help you advance your knowledge management initiatives…

Glasgow Rangers Football Club enters legal battle with Sports Direct

By Stephen Keogh Just weeks before the new Scottish football season commences, Glasgow Rangers Football Club (“Rangers”) finds itself prevented by Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct Group from selling new replica football jerseys. This is not the first time the parties have fallen out over merchandising rights…

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