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Partnership Indemnity Clauses – High Court Guidance

Being appointed a partner in a professional firm is generally a cause for celebration – but the position is not without risks. In one case, however, the High Court found that partners in an insolvency practice were not liable to indemnify a salaried colleague against the potential consequences of a substantial misfeasance claim. The man, who was described as a...

Company Not Liable for MD’s Post Christmas Party Assault

Companies are legally responsible for the misdeeds of their workers – but only if they are committed in the course of their employment. In one case that strikingly made the point, a recruitment company was held not liable for catastrophic injuries inflicted by its managing director on the night of the office Christmas party. Following festivities at a golf...

Contractor Jailed for Attempting to Bribe Council Official

British public officials are renowned for their honesty – and that reputation was borne out by one case in which a local authority official went straight to the police after a contractor offered him a cash-filled envelope. The man was subsequently jailed for offering the bribe. The businessman ran a company that had a substantial contract with the council to...

Employment Law – Autumn Statement Highlights

Within the Autumn Statement there are a number of changes to employment law of which employers should be aware. These include: New Limits for Salary Sacrifice Schemes From April 2017, a number of salary sacrifice schemes will no longer attract tax and National Insurance (NI) advantages. The benefits provided through salary sacrifice schemes that continue to...

Same-Sex Marriage and Church Doctrine Clash in Employment Case

In a landmark employment case that highlighted the continuing mismatch between the legalisation of same-sex marriage and Church of England doctrine, a tribunal ruled that a bishop was exempt from liability in respect of discrimination after he refused to license a gay cleric who had tied the knot with another man. After the cleric’s marriage, the bishop had...