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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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FFW takes on Manches partner

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has hired Manches construction partner Chris Fellowes. The hire comes hot on the heels of FFW construction and PFI partner Lawrence Bruce and associate Olivia Bateman leaving for the London office of Watson Burton. Fellowes, who was head of the construction team at Tite & Lewis before joining Manches, is thesixth […]

Nabarros paves way for Italy best friend deal

Nabarro Nathanson has moved closer to a formal best friends alliance with Macchi di Cellere Gangemi after the Italian firm was invited to join Nabarros’ best friends summit last week. Macchi joined in with Nabarros partners during one of the latter’s regular meetings with its French and German best friends to discuss corporate issues. It is understood that […]

Is Woolf at your door?

The Law Society’s new president Fiona Woolf vowed last week to put the interests of City firms “high up the agenda” during her time in office. The former CMS Cameron McKenna partner plans to visit every firm in the top 100 with a view to boosting the society’s profile in the City. “My plan is […]

Yukos fails to stop Rosneft IPO but will appeal

Lawyers for Yukos have failed in their High Court bid to block the listing of Rosneft shares on the London Stock Exchange, and have immediately applied to the Court of Appeal. Matrix Chambers’ Clare Montgomery QC, instructed by Byrne & Partners litigation partner Nicola Boulton for Yukos, had had sought permission for a judicial review […]

Stub snub

It’s a case of third time unlucky for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. The stub equity structure used in Ferrovial Group’s €11.7bn (£8.06bn) hostile takeover of BAA was touted as one of the reasons for the airport operator’s board eventually recommending the Spanish construction group’s bid. But the innovative structure, which has become something of a trademark […]

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