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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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Balance of power

Ireland, to paraphrase LP Hartley, is a foreign country – they do things differently there. On the face of it, local government appears similar to the pre-1974 position. There are county and urban district councils and county borough corporations – but things are still not quite as they seem. The functions are not quite on […]

Waiting for the goldrush

Northern Irish law firms are wondering about the ‘peace dividend’, the much heralded predictions of economic revival which were expected in NI in the aftermath of the ceasefire. So far, there have been some signs of increased business activity but no major rush to invest in the war-weary province. “It is slow to percolate through,” […]

In brief: Linnells moves offices to allow IT growth

Oxford practice Linnells is leaving its King Edward Street premises after 60 years to move to offices in Norfolk Street’s Greyfriars Court. The new base, more than twice the size of the firm’s previous premises, is designed to accommodate Linnells’ plans for expansion and investment in information technology.

Mears and Hodge slug it out in election

MARTIN Mears is virtually neck and neck with deputy vice-president Henry Hodge in the battle for the Law Society presidency, reveals an opinion poll by The Lawyer. The strength of the Norfolk solicitor’s anti-establishment challenge in the first contested Law Society election for 40 years has been dramatically revealed by the poll of more than […]

Lovells drops private clients

LOVELL White Durrant has finally succumbed to “market forces” and decided to drop private client work. The firm’s two partner and seven fee earner private client team is in talks with a number of London firms with the aim of transferring the whole department, a move made by many of the other City firms in […]

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