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Guide to new rules for medical devices and in vitro diagnostics

By Vivian den Bakker The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport ( VWS ) published a guide on 30 November 2018 with the most important changes in relation to the new European regulations concerning medical devices and in vitro diagnostics. The new regulations set stricter requirements for manufacturers, importers and distributors of medical devices for market authorization in the European Union. In addition, the […]

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 […]

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CC caught up in Montanaro row

Clifford Chance has been drawn into a row between Montanaro Holdings and three of its company’s ex-directors. Montanaro is claiming that the law firm’s company secretarial arm, Clifford Chance Secretaries Ltd, is responsible for an invalid board meeting. The allegations come as three of the company’s directors James Baker, James Cotton and David Shapiro who […]

PwC snaps up Italian firm and looks to merge German offices

By Richard Tyler. Pricewaterhouse Coopers has swallowed up the 20-lawyer Rome and Milan-based practice, Studio Legale Associato, formerly associated with Frere Cholmeley Bischoff. The Big Five accountant will fold this firm, together with the four lawyers from Price Waterhouse’s existing Italian practice, into Coopers & Lybrand’s 36-lawyer firm, Pirola Pennuto Ze. The merger will create […]

Ex NHS trust chief to head Wilberforce

Shaun Pye reports Wilberforce chambers has appointed the former chief executive of an NHS trust to be its first chambers director. Suzanne Cosgrave, who starts on 1 April, will be responsible for the overall management of chambers including the clerks. Senior clerk Roy Beazley retires from the chancery set, which has 29 tenants, at the […]

Herbert Smith scoops Slaughters

Slaughter and May, the traditional leader on major stock exchange flotations, has acted on none so far this year, while Herbert Smith has scooped a higher number and total value than any other firm. KPMG figures showing the total number of flotations in the past four years still put Slaughters at number two by deal […]

Defence solicitors' fees at risk

Roger Pearson looks at a recent decision which could leave defence solicitors’ fees subject to proprietary claims by the plaintiffs The decision of Michael Burton QC sitting as a deputy judge in the case of the United Mizrahi Bank (UMB) v Doherty & ors in the High Court on 28 November last year could have […]

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