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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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Spanish government up against ECJ over discriminatory law

A law in Spain which requires foreign plaintiffs to give a financial guarantee to cover costs and lawyers’ fees prior to the conclusion of civil proceedings is to become the focus of a legal battle at the European Court of Justice. The European Commission has referred Madrid to the ECJ, which has the power to […]

US seeks to try Pinochet

General Pinochet is now under investigation by the American Justice Department, which is considering whether he can be tried in the US. Attorney-General Janet Reno said her department was reviewing a car bombing in Washington in 1976 which killed former Chilean Ambassador and prominent Pinochet critic Orlando Letelier and his colleague, Ronni Moffitt, a US […]

Litigation Personal Injury 11/01/99

Martijn Willem Otto Biesheuvel v Andrew Birrell (1999) – QBD (Eady J) 21 December 1998 Plaintiff: Male, 22 Incident: Road traffic accident Injuries: Plaintiff was a rear-seat passenger in a car being driven by the defendant. The defendant lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a row of parked cars. Neither the defendant nor […]

Digest

THE unelected former Solicitor General Charles Falconer QC has risen to become head of the Millennium Dome, amid accusations of ‘cronyism’. The downside is Falconer has to wear a hard hat and conduct site inspections. The upside is the Prime Minister’s former schoolmate and flatmate is now considered one of the most important people in […]

Threesomes make uneasy bedfellows

What is it about tripartite mergers? Despite numerous attempts, only ex-Tory minister Lord Hunt of Wirral seems to have been able to pull one off. And the Beachcrofts and Wansbroughs merger is not really a three-way deal. Poor little Vaudreys up in Manchester was always a tiddler which Wansbroughs had decided to swallow, long before […]

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