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Guide to new rules for medical devices and in vitro diagnostics

By Vivian den Bakker The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport ( VWS ) published a guide on 30 November 2018 with the most important changes in relation to the new European regulations concerning medical devices and in vitro diagnostics. The new regulations set stricter requirements for manufacturers, importers and distributors of medical devices for market authorization in the European Union. In addition, the […]

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 […]

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Marsons in bid to set up property super group

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Get real or get out

The letter from John Edge, of Edge Leyden Ellis to conveyancing solicitors across the country, which was widely publicised throughout the legal press, amounts to nothing short of a declaration of war. It runs something like this – solicitors are the victims of the housing crisis, forced to charge rock bottom prices for work. The […]

Threatened college rejects debt claims

A PRIVATE law college embroiled in a court bid to have it wound up claims it has settled its debts. An application by Prudential Property Services to have London-based Regent School of Law compulsorily wound up was adjourned at the High Court last week. Counsel for Prudential applied for the adjournment after claiming the tutorial […]

Firm keeps mum on Mowlem backdown

CLIFFORD Chance is saying nothing over the embarrassing £20 million failure of its client Mowlem in a long-running legal action, which resulted in profuse apologies to the defendants and an offer to pay all parties’ legal costs. Other London lawyers are speculating how such a large case could go so wrong, at such expense, and […]

In brief: Levitt prosecution faces complaints at Bar

In the wake of the Roger Levitt trial scandal, complaints will be lodged at the Bar Council over the alleged professional misconduct of all three prosecution barristers in the 1993 trial. Levitt’s former solicitor John Perry, a partner at Goldkorn Davies Mathias, and John Marshall, Conservative MP for Hendon South, are drafting formal complaints against […]

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