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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 profession shamed

The debate over the fees charged by Mishcon De Reya has undoubtedly not helped the image of the profession, at a time when Lord Irvine is looking for every excuse to highlight fat cat lawyers. However, I simply cannot understand why the profession did not see the opportunity to volunteer its pro bono services at […]

Finers works on strategy and image

West End firm Finers has elected a new managing partner and hired a new marketing director to up its PR profile. The 30-partner West End practice, which was formed nine years ago from the merger of Gershon Young Finer & Green with Stein Swede Jay & Bibring, expanded from 16 to 29 partners in its […]

Elborne Mitchell loses four partners after disagreements

Niche insurance practice Elborne Mitchell has been hit by a wave of departures, losing four of its 14 partners. Hammond Suddards, Eversheds and Holman Fenwick & Willan have all hired partners from the firm, which has conceded that the moves were prompted by differences over strategy. Hammonds’ recruit is Ed Stanley, a leading reinsurance practitioner, […]

In brief: Law Society comes to rescue of ailing firms

A package of measures to help ailing firms is being put together by the Law Society. Details of the scheme are still being thrashed out but Geoffrey Sandercock, chair of the Law Society’s practice development committee, told last week’s meeting of the society’s council that firms would be able to receive advice on everything, from […]

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