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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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Working group divided on solution to SIF crisis

TWO members of the working group set up by the Law Society to solve the crisis at the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) have attacked the group’s proposal to stick with a compulsory mutual fund. Instead, in their own minority report, Edward Coulson, a partner at Hammond Suddards, and George Ritchie, of Freshfields, have called on […]

Government criticised over Tupe paper

The Government’s proposals for the amendment of the law on transfer of undertakings do not go far enough, according to John McMullen, head of employment law at Pinsent Curtis and a leading commentator on Tupe. Tupe (Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment Regulations 1981) protects the rights of employees on the transfer or sale of […]

In brief: Eversheds' financial services unit grows

Eversheds expanded its financial services unit to a five-partner department at the start of January with the appointment of Rowe & Maw partner Michael Wainwright and Wilde Sapte partner Nicholas Walmsley.

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