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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 ew 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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SEC targets Broadcom GC as stock option probe widens

Broadcom Corporation’s general counsel David Dull has come under the spotlight of the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) for allegedly backdating the chipmaker’s stock options. On Tuesday Dull was sent a Wells Notice, which gives companies and individuals an opportunity to respond if the SEC decides to pursue a lawsuit. The SEC had sent notices to […]

DHL appoints four firms to first employment panel

Beachcroft, Brabners Chaffe Street, Clyde & Co and Eversheds have secured places on DHL’s first official employment panel. It is understood that the panel was set up amid efforts to establish formally a process for employment matters within the logistics company, which currently has approximately 285,000 employees. Eversheds, which has a longstanding relationship with the […]

Macroberts builds up property expertise with double Burness capture

Scottish projects and construction specialist Macroberts has raided rival Burness for two property lawyers, both of whom will join the firm as partners. Commercial property partner Nick Jones and Sarah Pirie, an associate who is also currently head of Burness’s environment team, are set to join Macroberts later this year. Jones is understood to have […]

7/7 victims launch legal action against govt

A group of survivors and relatives of victims of London’s 7 July 2005 bombings are to take legal action against the government to force an inquiry into the events of that day. The group is being represented on a pro bono basis by London’s Oury Clark Solicitors, a 20-lawyer white collar crime boutique. The firm […]

DLA Piper chairman diagnosed with cancer

DLA Piper has announced that George Mitchell, chairman of the firm’s global board, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. New York-based Mitchell, who spent 14 years in the US Senate between 1980 and 1995, joined DLA Piper in 2003 having spent the interim period at US firm Verner Liipfert Bernhard McPherson and Hand. Mitchell’s doctor […]

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