Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to United Kingdom as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

United Kingdom: Does a confidentiality obligation go to the heart of a contract?

If an employer comes to a settlement agreement with an employee and wishes for it to remain confidential, they should include the obligation in the body of the agreement …

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United Kingdom: Number of UK workers on payroll falls by more than 600,000

UK Payrolls declined by 600,000 between March and May 2020, whilst 9 …

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United Kingdom: Duncan Lewis challenge amendments to legal aid rules

Although the fixed legal aid fee for asylum cases rose from £227 (US$290) to £627 (US$800) on 8th June, law firms are still complaining …

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United Kingdom: Leading causes of death

By far the leading cause of death in the age range 20–34 years is suicide …

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United Kingdom: Reed Smith to lay off London lawyers, extend salary cuts and trim workweeks

The London operations of the law firm Reed Smith have been particularly hard hit by the downturn arising from the health crisis …

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United Kingdom: Overly lax furlough scheme

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, is having to contend with spiralling costs for the government’s generous and badly thought through furlough scheme …

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United Kingdom: Workplace considerations for employers

If they have not already done so, companies would be wise to ban anyone from returning to the workplace within 14 days if they have returned to their home country, or have been in contact with anyone who has …

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United Kingdom: Quarantine rules to be enforced from June 8

It will come as something of a shock to those in much of the rest of the world that the UK has still not introduced mandatory quarantine for passengers arriving at UK airports and been so late in introducing systematic contact tracing …

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United Kingdom: Confusion about redundancy selection and consultation processes during the health crisis

There remains a great deal of confusion about redundancy selection and consultation processes during the current crisis …

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United Kingdom (Scotland): New Scottish legislation opens up financing options for parties involved in commercial disputes

Recently implemented legislation has opened up the scope for higher levels of commercial and personal litigation when the Scottish courts fully resume …

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United Kingdom: Many high street law firms face collapse, research suggests

Law Society and Bar Council research continue to show that small law firms and single person chambers are still struggling to find business during the current crisis …

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United Kingdom: Personal liability for a company car

What happens to personal liability for a company car when the employee is forced to work at home? Contrary to some reports on social media, employees may not escape having to pay their private use income tax penalty by simply posting keys back to their employer …

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United Kingdom: Increase in Cyber-Attacks during COVID-19

Companies that send employees to work at home could be exposing themselves to an increased threat of data loss and the compromising of their operations, especially in the case of HR personnel who require access to personnel records …

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United Kingdom: ‘Project Birch’ plan to bail out stricken UK companies

The UK government has drawn up contingency plans to bail out companies it believes are strategically important to the economy …

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United Kingdom: TUPE considerations for business owners and directors

It is tempting for company directors, who can foresee an M&A, to enhance their severance terms to give themselves an assured high payoff if it ends up costing their jobs …

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