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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 […]

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Bircham Dyson Bell names new senior partner

Bircham Dyson Bell residential and leasehold reform head John Stephenson has taken over as the firm’s senior partner from today. Stephenson succeeds Ian McCulloch for a three-year term after an uncontested election. McCulloch decided to step down from the position after 13 years in the role and will return to full-time fee-earning. Stephenson commented: “I’m […]

23 Essex Street pair defect to Outer Temple

Outer Temple Chambers has snared husband and wife pair Brendan Finucane QC and Fiona Horlick from 23 Essex Street. Finucane is a leading criminal silk specialising in commercial fraud, VAT and international corruption and tax evasion. Horlick is a general crime barrister and member of the Fraud Prosecution Panel for CPS London. Outer Temple head […]

Day of the low costs: Joanna Day, Santander UK

Santander UK’s head of commercial law, Joanna Day, has seen the company undergo radical change and has been instrumental in guiding it through the recession. Name: Joanna DayCompany: Santander UK PlcPosition: Head of commercial lawIndustry: Financial services providerTotal operating income: £4,696 millionTotal number of employees: 19,483Total legal capability: 36 lawyersTotal legal spend: £1.5m Joanna Day’s […]

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The location of Taylor Vinters’ new London office says a lot about the Cambridge firm’s ambitions, according to chief executive Matt Meyer. The firm’s new City base is in Tower 42, which until recently was the tallest building in the City and remains one of its most iconic. “We’re trying to differentiate ourselves and show we’re […]

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Lawyer settles solicitorsfromhell.co.uk libel case

A lawyer who instructed Carter Ruck to launch a libel claim against a website that claimed to ’name and shame’ underperforming lawyers has settled his dispute. Lawyer Scott Eason pursued Rick Kordowski, the owner of website solicitorsfromhell.co.uk, for damages after two consumers posted negative comments about his ethics (5 April 2010). A statement released by Carter Ruck said […]

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