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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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Luxembourg paves way for £20m suit against Government

PUBLIC sector contractors are one step closer to launching a £20 million legal action against the UK Government after a decision in Luxembourg ruled that wrongful implementation of EU directives was actionable. The Advocate General, handing down his opinion on a case over Spanish trawlermen suing the UK Government for the wrongful implementation of EU […]

Litigation Personal Injury 05/12/95

Clark v Newham Health Authority – QBD 20 November 1995 Claimant: Caroline Clark Accident: Medical negligence at birth Injuries: Cerebral palsy resulting from blunder at birth Award: £895,000 (agreed damages) Judge: Mr Justice Waterhouse Plaintiff’s solicitors: Kingsley Napley, London Defendant’s solicitors: Wiseman Lee Douse v Smith – QBD 16 November 1995 Claimant: Michael Douse, 2Accident: […]

In brief: NHS entitlement and disputes conference

The Royal Society of Medicine is holding a one-day conference ‘Entitlement to NHS treatment: the resolution of disputes’ at its Wimpole Street offices on 14 June. Arbitration and non-formal routes for complaint will form two of the discussion topics. For further information call 0171 290 2900 ext: 4936.

Civil courts set for 'pay as you go'

PLANS for a controversial new structure of daily fees for civil court users are expected to be published later this year, according to Court Service agency chief executive Michael Huebner. Speaking at the County Court Users Association (CCUA) annual conference held in Birmingham last week, Huebner said that the agency aimed to introduce “a new […]

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