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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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IT man for FFW

Solicitors Field Fisher Waterhouse have hired 10 King’s Bench Walk barrister Nick Lockett. Lockett, who appeared in the first domain name case to reach the High Court, will join the firm’s IT/Internet practice. Called to the Bar in 1993, Lockett has advised the BBC, and the Financial Times on the legal implications of the Internet.

City pair act as catalysts in ICI mega-deal

Twenty-three lawyers from Freshfields – including 11 partners – and around 20 from Slaughter and May helped engineer ICI’s massive £4.9bn cash acquisition of Unilever’s four speciality chemicals businesses, National Starch, Quest, Unichema and Crosfield. Unilever had initially put the four businesses up for open auction in February. The company’s chief counsel, Steve Williams, said: […]

CPS lawyers in higher courts next year

CPS lawyers are likely to be prosecuting in Crown Courts by February. Dame Barbara Mills QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has asked the service’s chief crown prosecutors to identify suitable volunteers from within their areas for the course, which all solicitors must take and pass before they can appear in the higher courts. It […]

Morris seizes CPS initiative

The Attorney General, John Morris QC, has taken the highly unusual step of writing directly to CPS staff to explain his reform plans for the service. The letter signals the Government’s determination to adopt a hands-on approach to the running of the service. Morris praises the Director of Public Prosecutions, Dame Barbara Mills QC, in […]

Stage set for contract case

Actress Angharad Cazenove is heading for a distinctly unshowbusiness-like role – in the courtroom. She is taking builder Liam Hicks, who she accuses of abandoning building work, to the High Court for alleged breach of contract. She claims that he owes her £5,000 for the uncompleted work and is suing him for repayment of the […]

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