May 30th, 2022 by Stuart Smith
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has now confirmed that certain listed companies will be required to comply with new measures to boost diversity on company boards, namely to increase female representation and people from a minority ethnic background. In this news alert, Partner Emma Bartlett and Paralegal Rachael Parker consider the new FCA Listing Rules and the obligations for […]
Protecting Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace: The Risks, Challenges and Opportunities for Employers
May 11th, 2022 by Marketing
This week marks Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK, with ‘loneliness’ being chosen as the theme for this year. In this alert, Partner Emma Bartlett and Senior Associate Louise O’Connor explore the impact of mental health in the workplace, specifically, what employers can and should be doing to promote a culture that supports staff and enables the business to thrive whilst also meeting their legal and regulatory obligations.
Introducing a Fitness to Practise Regime – A New Approach to Regulatory Misconduct – The SRA Consultation on Rule Changes on Health & Wellbeing at Work – Ten-Minute Talk
May 5th, 2022 by Stuart Smith
The SRA recently launched a new consultation on proposed rule changes on health and wellbeing at work, following their recent guidance and thematic review on workforce environments. The consultation proposes the introduction of a limited fitness to practise regime, enabling the SRA to place conditions or restrictions on a solicitors Practising Certificate where a medical […]
The SRA Consultation on Rule Changes on Health & Wellbeing at Work: Treating Colleagues With Respect – A Welcome Progression or Regulatory Overreach? – Ten-Minute Talk
April 29th, 2022 by Stuart Smith
On 4 March 2022, the SRA launched a new consultation on proposed rule changes on health and wellbeing at work, following on from their recent guidance and thematic review on workplace environments. The consultation proposes the following change to the Code of Conduct for Individuals and Firms: ‘You treat colleagues fairly and with respect. You […]
April 27th, 2022 by Marketing
The recent decision by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to abandon the re-hearing of its prosecution of Claire Matthews, a junior solicitor struck off the Roll by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in 2020 for acting dishonestly, has been widely welcomed by the legal profession. In this news alert, senior associate Louise O’Connor and partner Andrew Pavlovic consider the potential implications of the decision for junior solicitors and firms moving forward.
April 21st, 2022 by Marketing
In this article, first published by The HR Director, our partner, Emma Bartlett, discusses the increase in reports of sexual misconduct complaints in the workplace and the legal and regulatory risks for employers in addressing such allegations.
Worker Status Classification: What are the Key Considerations for Employers Following Johnson v Transopco UK Ltd?
March 23rd, 2022 by Stuart Smith
There has been long running litigation relating to the employment rights of Uber drivers and other individuals working with similar arrangements. However, each person’s employment status will depend on the particular facts of the case, and the fact that some individuals may have statutory employment rights does not mean that everyone who works in a […]
In this news alert, Partner Andrew Pavlovic and Associate Yulia Fedorenko consider the legal hurdles that need to be overcome in order to obtain an injunction and the strategic, commercial, and reputational considerations that need to be evaluated when deciding whether or not to apply for injunctive relief, following the recent case of Transparently Ltd […]
March 2nd, 2022 by Stuart Smith
There are many reasons why a law firm may consider a merger. Mergers can be a useful way of expanding into different practice areas or locations, to increase the operational capacity and efficiency of the firm, increase its revenue and market growth, or for succession planning purposes. In the latest episode of our Ten-Minute Talks […]
February 15th, 2022 by Marketing
In this series of news alerts, our regulatory and professional discipline partner, Andrew Pavlovic, identifies three key regulatory trends of which firms and solicitors need to be aware in 2022. In this third alert, Andrew Pavlovic the steps law firms can take to better protect themselves from the rising risk of cyber-security issues and the regulatory implications of cyber-crime on firms, including the obligations firms have to report cyber-security breaches.