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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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Holding on to DAC

Sitting in the Manchester office of Davies Arnold Cooper is an unnamed assistant, the sole reminder of February’s bloodletting. The rest of the 90 staff who were made redundant (the corporate department in Manchester was axed and five partners and nine assistants went from the London office) have dispersed, leaving not just an office but […]

Silicon Valley IP pioneer ships out as New York firms move in

As more and more law firms flood into Silicon Valley, one of the area’s original settlers and a former intellectual property star firm has announced it is shipping out. Brown & Bain, a firm that waged landmark IP battles on behalf of high-profile clients such as Apple Computer and Intel, says it is closing its […]

It's been a bad week for…

Watford’s Sheila Metson, a legal secretary at her husband Harold’s solicitors firm, whose 20-year affair with plasterer Brian Ward was exposed when British Telecom wrote to Ward asking if he’d like to include her number in its cheap-rate “Friends and Family” deal. Ward’s calls were so frequent that British Telecom put Metson’s number at the […]

Gee leaves One Essex Court

Leading commercial lawyer Steven Gee QC is leaving One Essex Court to become head of chambers at 4 Field Court. The Bar has reacted with surprise at Gee’s decision to leave the set, which, with 59 tenants and 23 silks, is one of the top four commercial chambers in the country. The less well-known 4 […]

Law Commission calls for new fraud law

The complex laws on fraud face a radical overhaul following a report due to be announced later this month. The Law Commission will issue a consultation paper making proposals to simplify one of the most difficult areas of the legal system. The consultation follows on from complaints by the Lord Chancellor that fraud is “difficult […]

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