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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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A MIDWIFE has been made an “associate” at niche Manchester medical negligence firm Alexander Harris & Co, in what is thought to be the first appointment of its kind. Midwife Debbie Murphy’s promotion means a “rise in status” at the firm where she has worked for five years and the inclusion of her name on […]

Hampel Committee's supercode lacks clarity

An addition to the stock exchange’s listing rules should be a guide to good practice. Instead its forerunner pulls its punches and invites misinterpretation, says Paul Manser. Paul Manser is a corporate partner at Taylor Joynson Garrett. Will the London stock exchange’s proposed “supercode” improve corporate governance? Formulated by the Hampel Committee, and a consolidation […]

Irvine launches racism probe against Appeal Court judges

In an unusual move, the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, is to investigate whether three Court of Appeal judges were racist towards prominent London solicitor Sarosh Zaiwalla. Lord Irvine launched his investigation after Zaiwalla, senior partner of London firm Zaiwalla & Co, wrote to him about the conduct of the Lords Justices Simon Brown, Waller and […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Nick Armstrong

Nick Armstrong was born in Durham in 1970. He is a trainee solicitor at Irwin Mitchell in Sheffield and also chair of the Trainee Solicitors’ Group. What was your first job? Child actor. I was Drew Barrymore’s stunt double on E.T. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £15,900. What would you have […]

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