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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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McGrigors partner quits for West Coast Capital

Leading Scottish firm McGrigors has lost the head of its corporate practice to private equity house West Coast Capital. Paul Davidson will be joining West Coast Capital at the end of Janaury 2006 as its third partner. During his time a McGrigors Davidson advised West Coast Capital and venture philanthropy The Hunter Foundation, both were […]

Richards Butler takes DAC competition head

Richards Butler has poached the head of Davies Arnold Cooper’s international trade, transport and competition unit Marjorie Holmes. Holmes brings associate Lesley Davey with her. It is understood Davies Arnold Cooper is restructuring its competition department as a result of the departures. Holmes has represented clients in a number of high profile investigations by the […]

Rupert Pearce: Inmarsat

In the world of global communications legal security is paramount, and despite its small size Inmarsat’s in-house legal team manages to keep on top. David Middleton reports

Freshfields beats rivals to IPO for Bank of China

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has trampled its competition to win the top advisory role on the Bank of China’s $8bn (£4.5bn) IPO. The transaction is in line to be China’s second-largest flotation on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, following the $9.2bn (£5.2bn) listing of the China Construction Bank last year. It is understood that Freshfields won […]

BT shakes up firm panel in global refocus

Telecoms giant BT is set to split its panel into two groups – one general, the other specialist – as it targets firms with global capabilities for its next legal panel. The telecommunications company has invited 26 law firms to tender. They will be interviewed in February, with the final decisions in March. BT legal […]

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