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Guide to new rules for medical devices and in vitro diagnostics

By Vivian den Bakker The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport ( VWS ) published a guide on 30 November 2018 with the most important changes in relation to the new European regulations concerning medical devices and in vitro diagnostics. The new regulations set stricter requirements for manufacturers, importers and distributors of medical devices for market authorization in the European Union. In addition, the […]

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 […]

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Legal laughing stocks

Flamboyant boxing promoter Don King is a fan of the British legal system. After he won a court victory against fellow promoter Frank Warren, the shock-haired king of hype offered enthusiastic praise for our justice system. So one wonders what he will make of London firm Class Law representing English boxing fans seeking compensation over […]

Bond Pearce pre-litigation unit targets insurers

SOUTH OF England firm Bond Pearce has set up a dedicated pre-litigation unit for its top-end insurance clients. The unit will be headed by partners Bettina Rigg and Neil Trayhurn. Trayhurn says: “We bel-ieve that our pre-litigation unit is the first of its kind in the UK.” Senior claims specialist Daren Pemberton says: “We foresaw […]

Six leading firms advising on Gucci power struggle

At least six top Dutch and US law firms are advising in the battle to control Italian fashion house Gucci. Gucci’s main lawyers are London-based partner Scott Simpson of US firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Peter Wakkie, corporate lawyer at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek – the Dutch member of Linklaters & Alliance. […]

Summit merges in-house teams for Woolf

MOTORING insurance company Summit at Lloyd’s has integrated its in-house and claims-handling teams. The merged team – called Just Law – is to be launched on 26 April in response to the Woolf Reforms. Hazel Hammonds, principal solicitor at Summit, says that by merging the teams the firm will be able to respond more quickly […]

Case of the week

If ever there was a case for reform of the House of Lords, Home Secretary Jack Straw has found it. Straw had doubtless been fervently hoping that the Law Lords would quietly dispose of the small matter of having to decide whether to extradite former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet to Spain on human rights […]

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