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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 […]

Microchipping: The future of employee surveillance?

By Stuart McBride Inspired by the initial move to microchip employees by a firm in Wisconsin last year; as many as 150 employees in the UK have already been fitted with microchip implants. As technology continues to impact the way we all work, there may be merits to the rumoured introduction. That said, there are […]

Experts’ Agendas: A warning from the bench

“it certainly should not become routine to provide two versions which, as here, travel over much of the same ground. That approach tests the patience of the experts (and frankly of the court); produces a lengthier joint statement; potentially increases costs and is simply not the best way to focus on the issues. I do […]

Court of Appeal has held that public policy interests do not justify the release of restrictive covenants

By Bill Howard, Michael Callaghan The Court of Appeal has held that public policy interests do not justify the release of restrictive covenants where a developer deliberately builds houses on land in breach of those covenants. Background Millgate, a property developer, obtained planning permission for, and then built, houses and flats on a development site. Part […]

GP/LP advice, women in PE and downstream trends

By Joanne Huckle More LPs are seeking independent legal advice.. Increasingly, I am instructed by LPs seeking their own Cayman legal counsel prior to committing capital.  It has always been a mystery to me why investors are willing to rely on the GP’s Cayman counsel when committing significant capital to a new fund.  As an attorney […]

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Where credit’s due

Will the new consumer credit regulations help the customer or just lead to more confusion? asks Jonathan Guest This year and next will be bumpy for the UK’s consumer credit market given the changes that are underway in the arena. While the original Consumer Credit Act was passed in 1974, it only came into effect […]

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Stop press!!!

Newbury firm Gardner Leader wins a double Tulkinghorn award in a single story. Not only does the firm win this week’s Most Desperate Attempt to Win a Bit of Press Award, it literally marries that success with the award for the Non Sequitur of the Year prize. According to a bizarre press release last week, […]

Weil Gotshal breaks into China with Shanghai office

Weil Gotshal & Manges is making its first foray into China with the appointment of a former Clifford Chance partner and the opening of an office in Shanghai. The New York law firm opened the office in the region after being awarded a licence from the Ministry of Justice of the People’s Republic of China. […]

Olswang to take bids on Minerva acquisition

Olswang has been instructed on a major public takeover – its second in the past two months – thanks to interest in one of its biggest clients, property company Minerva. Minerva is a long-standing client of Olswang and the firm advised on the property company’s £158m acquisition of Allders. But now Minerva is up for […]

Finance deals round-up

Allen & Overy (Vikki Greatorex) represented ABN Amro Bank, Citibank and ING as joint lead arrangers on the financing of the €1.1bn (£733.6m) acquisition of Mobiltel by a consortium of funds. The deal, financed by €450m (£300.1m) of equity and €650m (£433.5m) of acquisition debt, represents the largest bank financing in Bulgaria. Haarmann Hemmelrath and […]

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