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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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Insolvency: buying a lease portfolio – caveat emptor!

The credit crunch is causing a significant increase in activity for lawyers in asset finance. Leasee default levels have been relatively low since the early 1990s, when major insolvencies kept many lawyers busy for years. The credit crunch is causing a significant increase in activity levels for legal specialists in the area of asset finance. […]

Lovells, Olswang take prime roles on £100m New Star sale

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Fried Frank hit by another European raid

French independent De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has raided the Paris office of Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson, snaring a seven-lawyer team. The group includes corporate partner Patrick Jais and intellectual property specialist Barbara Levy, both of whom joined Fried Frank in 2005 from French boutique, Veil Jourde. The team joined De Pardieu yesterday. This […]

Tulkinghorn: fold-up eager beaver

Spare a thought for the lawyers at Hill Dickinson’s brand spanking new Liverpool office. The building, which is completely clad in glass, offers spectacular views over the city. Too close for comfort Spare a thought for the lawyers at Hill Dickinson’s brand spanking new Liverpool office. The building, which is completely clad in glass, offers […]

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