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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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Bakers scores trademark victory in L’Oréal appeal

Baker & McKenzie has strengthened its ties with cosmetics company L’Oréal after winning a trademark battle in the Court of Appeal. The firm is also working on a separate IP appeal for L’Oréal against Bellure, which is accused of copying the smell of the company’s range of perfumes. The appeal is due to be heard […]

McDermott launches in Shanghai with strategic alliance

McDermott Will & Emery has launched in Asia with the first strategic alliance between a US and Chinese law firm. McDermott has established a presence in Shanghai after agreeing a strategic alliance to form MWE China Law offices, creating a Shanghai-based law firm that is licensed in the People’s Republic of China. MWE was founded […]

Marks & Clerk opens office in China

Patent and trade mark attorney firm Marks & Clerk has launched an office in Shanghai, becoming one of the first UK IP agencies to open on the Chinese mainland. The firm has set up a three-person representative office to act as a meeting point for Marks & Clerk attorneys and Chinese IP clients. Keith Hodkinson, […]

Skadden scoops star antitrust team from Cadwalader

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has taken Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft’s head of antitrust plus two of his partners. The fallout at Cadwalader following head of antitrust Steve Sunshine’s departure is expected to extend to several associates, understood to be joining him at Skadden. Cadwalader’s antitrust capability is now limited to three litigation specialists […]

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