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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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Disclosure: a bar to justice?

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Firm pays plaintiff's costs

A Manchester solicitor set up a company to hold his law firm’s lease, which then stayed in the building for two years rent-free while the landlord waged a court battle for rent arrears, the Court of Appeal has heard.Miller Gardner defended the company, Globe Legal Services Ltd, in the original action, but was in for […]

Partners on the move…

Mark Haywood moves from Olswang, where he was a senior solicitor in its investment team, to Addleshaw Booth & Co where he was made partner in March this year. Haywood is a specialist in property investments and acquisitions and was recruited by Addleshaws to handle the portfolio of blue-chip property clients in its commercial property […]

Scuffle of the week

Black lawyers are warning Home Secretary Jack Straw that one of his favourite reforms – the removal of trial by election – will further dent the confidence of black Britons in the legal system. Courtenay Griffiths QC says that “there is clear evidence that the black community will be disproportionately affected by the proposed changes”. […]

Prudential set to review number of legal panels

Insurance giant Prudential is conducting a full-scale review of its legal function, including its panels of external law firms.The company is considering using a single panel of firms for all its work, rather than the system of various panels for different business areas which it uses now.Peter Maynard, head of legal at Prudential, says: “There […]

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