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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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Mishcons joins Queen Mary pro bono centre

Mischon de Reya has signed up alongside Field Fisher Waterhouse and Reed Smith to give pro bono advice through a newly-launched advice service at Queen Mary, University of London. The Pink Law Legal Advice Centre, which launched on Friday (14 November), will give free legal advice to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. […]

Necessity: the mother of re-invention

News that CMS Cameron McKenna is to transform its legacy insurance practice into a dispute resolution group is yet more evidence that the legal market is having to re-invent itself to keep pace with changes in the wider economy. Unlike many of the firms featured on Legal Job Watch, Camerons has trumpeted its desire to […]

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Daily Mail chief slams judge

Mr Justice Eady has come under attack from the Daily Mail editor-in-chief Paul Dacre for bringing privacy laws in by the back door. Dacre, speaking at the Society of Editors’ annual conference in Bristol, criticised Eady J’s ruling that the News of the World (NotW) had breached Formula 1 chief Max Mosley’s privacy after secretly […]

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Pannone posts 8 per cent revenue hike

Fee income at Pannone has risen eight per cent in the first six months of the 2008-09 financial year compared with the same period last year. The firm brought in £27m in the first half, having attracted £25m during the first six months of 2007-08. Total income, which includes interest accrued, grew by six per […]

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