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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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Quinn Emanuel defeated as Samsung ordered to pay $1bn in Apple damages

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan client Samsung lost a landmark patent case against arch-rival Apple over the weekend with a US court ordering Samsung to pay $1bn (£655m) in damages for infringing several of the iPhone maker’s designs. The smartphone giants had been locked in battle after accusing each other of copying key features found […]

Latham & Watkins relocates London partners to strengthen Singapore offering

Latham & Watkins has relocated corporate partners Rod Brown and Luke Grubb from London to Singapore in a bid to increase its English law capability in South East Asia. Brown is experienced in cross-border, public and private M&A, takeover offers, restructuring and joint ventures. Grubb’s corporate practice has a focus on outsourcing and technology transactions. […]

No bar on growth as chambers trumpet successful year

If adversity precedes growth, as the saying goes, then the bar has embraced the challenges of the recession as well as any in the legal sector. This week The Lawyer has counted the beans at some of the top chambers and found many are reporting healthy turnover increases. Increased competition work, direct access and diversification […]

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