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Risks for liability insurers and their insureds: #MeToo

By Susie Wakefield, Antonia Blackwell One year on from #MeToo, Bloomberg estimates at least 425 prominent people across industries had been publicly accused of sexual misconduct. These headlines have brought the issue of how employers tackle sexual harassment in the workplace into the spotlight. In addition to dealing with any allegations of sexual harassment, organisations will […]

Zero-hours contracts – Common pitfalls for employers

By Jo Tunnicliff “Zero-hours contracts can be a positive part of work-life balance if they offer genuine two-way flexibility,” says Matthew Taylor, the government’s lead reviewer of modern working practices. As our previous article set out, the Taylor Review made recommendations designed to improve the working conditions of individuals working in the gig economy, including zero-hours […]

The international capital markets review

By José Pedro Fazenda Martins, Orlando Vogler Guiné The Portuguese economy has been recovering strongly since the end of the financial crisis and the successful conclusion of the Financial Assistance Programme, benefiting from healthy dynamics in the tourism sector and improved investment in various other sectors. The improving of leading indicators, the expansion of industrial production, […]

Key implications of Brexit January 2019

By Trudy Feaster-Gee The article provides a practical guide to some of the implications that UK businesses currently face, given the rejection by Parliament on 15 January 2019 of the Withdrawal Agreement, of a no-deal Brexit

Receivables finance: The prohibition on assignment is now in force

By Michael Taylor, Ian Akitt, Peter Considine The Business Contract Terms (Assignment of Receivables) Regulations 2018 came into force on 31 December 2018 meaning that parties to a contract in the UK may no longer be able to prohibit the assignment of receivables arising in respect of supplies made under it, even if it is a long term […]

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Barristers called to unite

The independent Bar has been told to back the campaign by employed barristers for rights of audience. Sir Sydney Lipworth QC, deputy chair of National Westminster Bank, said there was a natural empathy between in-house barristers and chambers which was potentially a significant source of work for the Bar. If the number of barristers working […]

Conveyancing rule aims to deflect gazump blame

the Law Society Council has put guidance regulating the conduct of solicitors selling property on a more formal footing by passing a practice rule. The rule states that if a seller decides to deal with more than one buyer, then the solicitor, with the client’s consent, should notify all those parties who are involved in […]

Brooke warns against return to 'dark ages'

The chair of the Law Commission called on the Bar to back a campaign to make law reform easier. Mr Justice Brooke said the need to improve the quality of laws must top the all-party political agenda. “I have not yet seen any evidence of parliamentary procedures which are robust enough to ensure that the […]

Bacfi article “nonsense”

A eulogy to barristers in the Bacfi Bulletin was slammed as “palpable nonsense” by a leading in-house solicitor. Jyoti Munsiff, chair of the Law Society’s commerce and industry group, said the article, which compared the qualities of solicitors and barristers, did not tell the whole story. It read: “If a company wants to employ a […]

Tribunals a forum for 'Euro-claims'

INDUSTRIAL tribunals have accepted a wider jurisdiction to hear “Euro-claims” against the State after a ruling handed down in Newcastle-upon-Tyne confirmed they were an appropriate forum in which to hear actions relating to the failure to adequately implement EU law in the UK. The decision, passed in a case involving mass redundancies in the Swan […]

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