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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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City Disputes Panel under fire over Barings settlement

Barings bondholders are set to receive a pay-off of £190m under a settlement plan unveiled last week but one lawyer described the two-year conciliation process which brought it about as a “shambles”. If approved by bondholders, the settlement hammered out by the City Disputes Panel (CDP), which was asked by the Barings liquidators to conciliate […]

MDPs do not hold a quick fix for firms

Clive Parritt believes the advantages behind multidisciplinary practices are only short-term and will result in nothing more than a hike in consumer charges for less specialised advice. Clive Parritt is chairman of accountancy firm Baker Tilly. The notion of solicitors and accountants practising together and sharing profits, offices and management continues to enthral the media. […]

Booker exit prompts CC to bolster unit

Who would have thought that the Post Office, once a byword for bureaucracy, would be at the forefront of a new drive by large companies to get the most out of their external lawyers? But with the recent announcement of swingeing cuts to its panel of law firms reduced from 40 to just four the […]

Local authorities gear up for new tendering regime

Uncertainties surround the introduction of the “best value’ replacement for compulsory competitive tendering. Some local government lawyers are, however, coming to grips with the issues, writes Guy Campos. Guy Campos is a freelance journalist. In December 1997, the London Borough of Camden learned that its pilot scheme to replace compulsory competitive tendering (CCT) with a […]

OSS admits to substandard service as complaints surge

THE 18-month-old Office for Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) which was supposed to restore confidence in the profession’s ability to regulate itself is privately admitting to disgruntled complainants that it is providing a sub-standard service. Despite confident proclamations from the Law Society that the OSS is getting to grips with complaints handling, The Lawyer has learned […]

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