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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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OJ – what price for UK law?

If US justice has indeed been on trial in the OJ Simpson case, most observers will feel that, unlike the defendant, it has been resoundingly convicted. And if that is right, is UK justice merely on remand, awaiting the same fate? It is surely dangerous to be too categoric of vicious circles. The media coverage […]

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Bakers link up Baker & McKenzie, the world’s largest law firm has completed its international network system, connecting all 54 of its offices in 34 countries. The system, which is known as Bakernet, allows several thousand people to send documents around the world through its email link. This enables lawyer and client to work on […]

Dibbs celebrates 'gilt-edged' deal

DIBB Lupton Broomhead has come through a seven-month tendering process to win a one-year contract as employment law advisers to the Government’s Employment Service. The contract, which starts on 6 November, will involve the provision of policy advice on staff terms and conditions but the firm has also been signed to litigate on behalf of […]

Bird & Bird wings its way to Hong Kong

SPECIALIST technology firm Bird & Bird has joined the ranks of practices opening in Asia by unveiling its first office outside of Europe in Hong Kong. The 32-partner firm has moved communications and sports lawyer Vivien Crook out as resident partner in charge of the office. Prior to the move, Crook had been working on […]

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