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Nov
23
2018

Gender equality for the many, not the few?
#Employment

Earlier this month, the Government published its latest report showing the representation of women on the boards of FTSE 350 companies. The report shows a rise above 30% representation on FTSE 100 boards and a rise to 26.7% of representation across FTSE 350 boards....

Nov
23
2018

Addison Lee’s appeal against worker status rejected
#Employment

Last year a Tribunal found that private hire drivers engaged by Addison Lee were workers and not independent contractors (see our blog on this previously). Addison Lee’s appeal against this judgment has now been dismissed....

Nov
22
2018

Can AI be ethical?
#Employment #Information Technology

Most people at work will be more affected by Artificial Intelligence in the future than they realise. ...

Nov
20
2018

Microchips or Micromanagement?
#Information Technology #Employment

According to various media reports[1] a Swedish microchip company called BioHax is in talks with several high-profile legal and financial UK companies to implant employees with microchips....

Nov
16
2018

Resignations - Clarifying the Termination Date is Key
#Employment

The Court of Appeal recently confirmed that an ambiguous letter of acceptance of resignation from an employer did not vary the original termination date by agreement. JLT Speciality v Craven concerned a bonus advance of £500,000 which was agreed to be repayable if the Claimant resigned “on or before 31 December 2016”. ...

Nov
16
2018

Judge crowdfunding her fight to be classed as a worker
#Employment

A district judge, is trying to raise £10,000 to fight a Court of Appeal decision that judges cannot be classed as workers by requesting donations towards her cause. At the point of writing just over 25% of the target funds have been raised. ...

Nov
15
2018

'Diversity: it's fundamental to business success' - Monica Atwal writes for CBI Business Voice
#Employment #Press

Embracing diversity enhances business resilience – and the UK can lead the way, says Clarkslegal’s Monica Atwal...

Nov
14
2018

The Digital Services Tax – a help or a hindrance?
#Information Technology

Chancellor Hammond’s new Digital Services Tax may not be the robust tax-attack on Tech Giants some were hoping for but many believe it’s a tangible step in the right direction. ...

Nov
14
2018

Tech, IPOs and Unicorns: Too much money is a good thing, isn’t it?
#Information Technology #Entrepreneurs & Start-Ups

The tech sector is booming. We live in a time of the mega private business in which the likes of Uber and Airbnb are extending their lives as privately held businesses by delaying public offerings. The venture capital asset class is more buoyant than ever and now includes atypical investors such as hedge and sovereign wealth funds who seek a piece of the action. Governments globally are also trying to attract innovation and tech talent using all manner of inducements, from tax breaks to immigration. So, are we living in the golden age of tech or is the frothy venture capital market a sign of a bubble reminiscent of that which led to the dot com bust of 1999/2000, and why does this matter to entrepreneurs? ...

Nov
13
2018

'How tech and data can spot and stop the quitters' - Michael Sippitt comments for Raconteur
#Employment #Information Technology #Press

Technology used ethically can help retain valued staff by spotting potential problems which could cause them to quit...

Nov
13
2018

Clarkslegal bolsters its Thames Valley presence with Corporate and Real Estate Partner appointments
#Clarkslegal #Commercial #Corporate #Real Estate

Clarkslegal is pleased to announce two new partner appointments to its Thames Valley office. Stuart Mullins joins the Corporate team and brings with him a wealth of experience acting for SMEs and corporates on mergers, acquisitions, banking, corporate law and commercial matters. Mark Izquierdo is appointed to head the Real Estate team in Reading and brings with him over 20 years’ experience in the property market. Mark specialises in investment and development work (residential and commercial) and is highly regarded for the transactional work he undertakes. Managing Partner, Monica Atwal, welcomes Stuart and Mark commenting: “We are delighted with the new appointments to key growth areas for our practice. The appointments demonstrate our continued commitment to the Thames Valley and underline our position at the forefront of commercial legal services in the region”...

Nov
13
2018

Landlords beware when consenting to Tenant’s works
#Real Estate

The implications for a landlord consenting to tenant’s alterations in breach of an absolute prohibition contained in a lease were recently highlighted in the case of Duval v 11-13 Randolph Crescent Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 2298 (Decision 18 October 2018). Although this is a case concerning a residential lease, the finding also has implications for landlords of mixed use and commercial properties. ...

Nov
12
2018

Involuntary bailees: how do I get rid of possessions left in a property?
#Dispute Resolution #Real Estate

Clarkslegal has recently assisted a boatyard owner in the disposal of an abandoned steamboat. Whilst this is was an unusual scenario, it is often the case that when a tenant vacates a property, they leave behind unwanted possessions or goods, which have to be cleared before the property can be re-let. If what has been left behind is clearly just rubbish, the landlord can probably just dispose of it. But items or goods, even if the tenant appears to have abandoned them, are more complicated and cannot simply be thrown away. In this case, the landlord becomes what is known as an ‘involuntary bailee’ of the items and has a duty not to deliberately or recklessly damage or destroy them. So what should the landlord do with them?...

Nov
12
2018

New Reporting Requirements for certain Corporates
#Corporate #Commercial

The Companies (Miscellaneous Reporting) Regulations 2018 has now achieved parliamentary approval. This introduces additional reporting requirements for certain qualifying companies. Ahead of their inaugural year we have outlined some of the Regulations’ key provisions. ...

Nov
08
2018

Employment tribunal fees update – a possible return of the fee scheme?
#Employment

The government has confirmed this week that it is considering reintroducing fees for employment tribunal claims. Following the introduction of fees in 2013 (which ranged between £390 and £1,200), the total number of tribunal claims dropped from approximately 80,000 to roughly 20,000 per year....

Nov
08
2018

The Government Has Answered Key Parental Bereavement Questions
#Employment

The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Act, which received Royal Assent earlier this year, is expected to come into force in 2020. The Act introduces a new statutory right to time off work for employed parents following the loss of a child, enabling the parent to grieve and easing recovery. ...

Nov
07
2018

Grove Developments v S&T – the Court of Appeal weighs in on ‘smash and grab’ adjudications
#Construction

One of the final acts of Coulson J before his elevation to the Court of Appeal was to sound the death knell for smash and grab adjudications. We report here on his first instance decision in Grove v S&T. ...

Nov
06
2018

Letters of Intent and Caps on Liability
#Construction

Sometimes commercial pressures will require works to start on site before a properly drafted contract can be negotiated and signed. A Letter of Intent might be used as a stop gap in such circumstances so there is at least something to govern the relationship between the parties. The recent Court of Appeal decision in Amec v Arcadis shows the problems that this can cause....

Nov
02
2018

Clarkslegal’s Michael Sippitt recognised as “eminent practitioner” by Chambers and Partners
#Clarkslegal #Employment #Press

Michael Sippitt, Clarkslegal’s Chairman, has been recognised as the only employment lawyer in the Thames Valley region to be ranked as an “eminent practitioner” in the 2019 edition of Chambers and Partners guide. Michael Sippitt has proven track record in employee relations, crisis management and contingency planning and provide organisations with strategic support that is both commercial and practical. ...

Nov
02
2018

Clarkslegal Recognised by Chambers and Partners 2019
#Clarkslegal #Employment #Dispute Resolution #Real Estate #Construction #Press

Clarkslegal is delighted to announce that Chambers and Partners has recognised the firm for the following practice areas; Construction, Employment, Litigation and Real Estate....

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