MPs are wrong to call for new gagging clause laws

The Times (July 27, 2018): Employers are already prohibited from prohibiting whistleblowing in non-disclosure agreements, so new legislation would just be window dressing. Everybody supports employers’ codes of practice and other workplace measures designed to reduce the risk of sexual harassment. But this week’s recommendations from the women and equalities committee, which has called for new…

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Switching off on Holiday

The Law Society Gazette (July 20, 2018).  By Caroline Field To minimise the chance of disruption during a break, there is no substitute for detailed handover notes or a handover meeting before you head off. Handover notes should include a brief background, client details, details of what is likely to happen while you are away,…

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Code of practice to curb excess executive pay

The Times (July 19, 2018): This week’s corporate governance updated code of practice from the Financial Reporting Council covers senior pay, the independence of board chairs and workforce relations. Fox & Partner’s partner Dean Fuller comments on the new code, saying employment lawyers will be interested in worker recognition and whistleblowing provisions. You can read the…

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Book Review: Double Exposure

Michael Simmons’ book shows he has accomplished the transition from being a highly regarded solicitor – he was the senior partner of a mid-sized firm and chairman of the IBA Law Firm Management Committee – to develop into a confident author who holds the reader’s attention. Simmons does so by writing in the first person…

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How the disclosure pilot could curb costs

Litigation Futures (June 11, 2018): The consultation on the new draft rules for disclosure in civil proceedings in England and Wales closed in February. If approved by the Civil Procedure Rule Committee, they will be the subject of a two-year pilot in the Business and Property Courts in London and the regional centres. Read the full…

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