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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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Domino’s Pizza: crusty lawyer wanted

Domino’s Pizza is recruiting its first UK-based general counsel after employing the services of a legal consultancy to do the job part time for the last five years. A spokesperson from the fast food operator said: “With targets of opening 50 outlets per year, the size of the business is growing exponentially and we’d reached […]

Ashfords guns for Osborne’s SW crown

Ashfords has kick-started a recruitment campaign with four new partners as it aims to become the biggest firm in the South West. Ashfords chief executive Ian Daniells said he aims to grow the firm’s turnover from £23m to £50m within five years to overtake Osborne Clarke as the largest South West firm. “We’re actively looking […]

McGrigors’ national bid extends to Manchester

Scottish firm McGrigors has taken a significant step in its quest to become a UK national firm by opening an office in Manchester. McGrigors – the first major Scottish player to begin positioning itself as a national firm by opening in London in 1987 – will open its first English regional office in January. Managing […]

Dewey repositions to make London key

Dewey & LeBoeuf chairman Steve Davis has vowed to make London a strategic priority as he moves to position the firm as a transatlantic, rather than a US, player. Davis, who took control of the firm following the October merger between US firms Dewey Ballantine and LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae, aims to increase the […]

Harbottle locked in Hollywood fees feud

Harbottle & Lewis managing partner Lawrence Abramson took the stand in the High Court this week to defend the firm’s client handling processes. The media boutique is suing Creative Design Art and its backer Israel Baron for breach of contract. Harbottle claims Baron had instructed the firm to defend a copyright claim brought against filmmakers […]

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