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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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Clifford Chance acted for Bristol developer John Baylis in a joint venture with the Prudential Assurance Co on a £200 million regional shopping centre development at Cribbs Causeway, near Bristol. The scheme totalled more than £700,000 sq ft for around 140 shops. Berwin Leighton acted for Prudential.

PI groups arrive at compromise on fees

THE DEADLOCK between the Bar and the Law Society over conditional fee terms of engagement for counsel has been broken following an initiative by two personal injury lawyers groups. The impasse between the two sides of the profession, first revealed by The Lawyer in July, had cast a shadow over the launch of no win […]

Mixed results in court campaigns

COURTS campaigners received good and bad news this week. Lawyers in Rugby managed to save their threatened local County Court, but colleagues in York suffered rescheduled criminal hearings because of the lack of Crown Court judges. Rugby lawyers are celebrating after winning a reprieve over Court Service Agency (CSA) plans to shut the County Court […]

In brief: Ethnic group to discuss recruitment

Training and recruitment are among the main topics to be discussed at the national conference of the African, Caribbean and Asian Lawyers’ group this week. The event at the Law Society headquarters on Saturday will be introduced by ACA chair Audrey Dorival. Speakers include Keith Vaz MP, Jerry Garvey of the Law Society, and a […]

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