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National minimum wage and ‘sleep-in’ shifts

By Connie Cliff and Martin Chitty Treatment of “sleep­in” shifts for national minimum wage (NMW) purposes is an area that can often cause confusion. Where a worker is required to work a number of sleep­in night shifts at the employer’s premises, and be available in case of an emergency, does the full night shift constitute ‘working’ […]

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It was recently reported that a family in Nantes, France has become the first in the world to move into a 3D­ printed house. The four­-bedroom property is a prototype for bigger projects aiming to make housebuilding quicker and cheaper. In our Planning 2020 white paper, we approached 100 senior decision makers working in the […]

Clarity on Russian cryptocurrency and crowdfunding

By Meldir Erbulekova and Yulia Yarnykh From Russian rapper Basta launching his own cryptocurrency in December 2017 to top businesses exploring initial coin offerings (ICOs) and other alternative funding models, the Russian market is investing rapidly in blockchain technology and fintech…

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Sonnenscheins pulls out of UK

US firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal is closing its London office – leaving its high-profile partners, poached from leading UK firms, unsure of their futures. The Chicago-based firm has set a target date of 1 December to shut down its operations. The office was founded in 1994 and has made high-profile recruitments including former Allen […]

Solicitors excused from court

The Law Society has changed its rules to excuse solicitors from their duty to attend court in some civil and criminal cases where counsel has been instructed. Under the old rule, solicitors could be disciplined for failing to attend, even if they were not actually needed or where clients could not recover costs from their […]

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According to pundits, e-commerce experts are few and far between. Mark Brandon examines industry’s views as to which firms are scaling the heights ‘Good e-commerce lawyers are rarer than hen’s teeth.’ That is, according to one head of department at a major City law firm which, in common with most of its rivals, is trying […]

Scott Redpath on the allocation of policyholders' final bonuses.

Scott Redpath is a barrister at Hammond Suddards. Several interesting points emerged in the recent case of The Equitable Life Assurance Society v Alan David Hyman, heard by vice-chancellor Richard Scott in the High Court.The originating summons sought declarations on questions arising from the allocation of final bonuses by Equitable Life (the Society) to its […]

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