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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 […]

Microchipping: The future of employee surveillance?

By Stuart McBride Inspired by the initial move to microchip employees by a firm in Wisconsin last year; as many as 150 employees in the UK have already been fitted with microchip implants. As technology continues to impact the way we all work, there may be merits to the rumoured introduction. That said, there are […]

Experts’ Agendas: A warning from the bench

“it certainly should not become routine to provide two versions which, as here, travel over much of the same ground. That approach tests the patience of the experts (and frankly of the court); produces a lengthier joint statement; potentially increases costs and is simply not the best way to focus on the issues. I do […]

Court of Appeal has held that public policy interests do not justify the release of restrictive covenants

By Bill Howard, Michael Callaghan The Court of Appeal has held that public policy interests do not justify the release of restrictive covenants where a developer deliberately builds houses on land in breach of those covenants. Background Millgate, a property developer, obtained planning permission for, and then built, houses and flats on a development site. Part […]

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Allen & Overy (A&O) in Germany has brought two in-house lawyers from Dresdner Bank and Landesbank Schleswig-Holstein into its banking and finance practice. A&O partner Charles Lindsay will also relocate from the London office to join the department in Germany. Dresdner Bank’s Cornelia Summ joins A&O after almost 10 years in the bank’s in-house legal […]

Milbank grows in Europe with new Frankfurt office

New York-based firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy is expanding in Europe as it announces plans to open an office in Frankfurt.`The office, which will open this summer, is only the firm’s second in Europe following the opening of its London office in 1979. Two US partners will head the office and they will be […]

Law central

Over the last 30 years, Washington DC has evolved as one of the key legal markets in the US, and indeed the world, and its emergence as a leading legal centre has shadowed the increasingly critical role the US government plays in the regulation of business and industry.`As the US’s capital, as well as being […]

Hewitsons figures are bittersweet

Cambridge-based Hewitson Becke + Shaw has increased its turnover by only 10 per cent, while its profits soared by 35 per cent.`Last year profits per partner were £135,000, but partners can expect to be taking home an average of £193,000 this year. However, turnover figures are far more modest, increasing from £15-£16.5m.`A Hewitsons spokesman denied […]

Bond Pearce and Cartwrights merger to create £30m firm

Cartwrights to hive off insurance litigation team as Berrymans Lace Mawer waits in the wings Bond Pearce and Bristol-based firm Cartwrights have announced plans to merge from 1 July, but will spin out Cartwrights’ insurance litigation practice as an independent partnership.`The firms have been discussing a merger since December 2000. Cartwrights managing partner Christopher Eskell […]

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