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29 November 2022 Coming of Age

Official statistics show that 15,336 claims which included a complaint of age discrimination were received at the Employment Tribunals between March 2020 and March 2021. The figure is more than double the number of disability discrimination claims (the next highest discrimination claim) and is a remarkable six-fold increase on the number of age discrimination claims presented the previous year.

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24 November 2022 EU banks show slow progress on gender diversity

Recent research by DBRS Morningstar has shown that, on average in 2021, using a sample of 43 European banks, gender diversity at board level was found to be gradually improving but is inconsistent across different countries.

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24 November 2022 Starling Bank employment tribunal

The outcome of the Employment Tribunal claim brought by Gulnaz Raja against Starling Bank Limited and Matthew Newman was reported last month. The Judgment which is available online should be of significant interest to employers, including regulated organisations, in relation to Covid and medical conditions in general.

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Legal update

9 November 2022 Five “takeaways” in claims against mortgage brokers following Taylor v Legal & General Partnership Services Ltd [2022] EWHC 2475 (Ch)

Claims arising from interest-only mortgages have been farmed in volume. Many such claims to date have sought to drive a narrative that interest-only mortgages are an inherently toxic product and brokers were negligent simply for suggesting them. Taylor is a helpful recalibration, focussing instead on what the monies raised by the mortgage product were being used for and whether the client understood the inherent risks.

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9 November 2022 Consumer duty - 'The drill-down' into the 'cross-cutting' rules

This article is the second in a series to help firms take a practical approach to complying with the ‘cross-cutting rules’ within the new ‘Consumer Duty’ (CD) framework. The article summarises what it seems the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is seeking to achieve from the applicable rules (section 2 below) and potential complications arising from legal considerations (section 3).

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Blog

31 October 2022 Dont look down

An engineering company in Tyne and Wear was fined £20,000 after a worker fractured his pelvis and suffered internal injuries after falling through a petrol station forecourt canopy, whilst he was replacing the guttering.

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Legal update

18 October 2022 The Retained EU Law

Created at the end of the Brexit transition period, Retained EU Law is a category of domestic law that consists of EU-derived legislation retained in our domestic legal framework by the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. This was never intended to be a permanent arrangement as parliament promised to deal with retained EU law through the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill (the “Bill”).

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5 October 2022 Consumer duty - 'The drill-down' into the 'cross-cutting' rules

This article is the first in a series aimed to help firms get to grips on a practical basis with the ‘cross-cutting rules’ within the new ‘Consumer Duty’ framework.

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4 October 2022 Cracking the class ceiling

As socio-economic diversity is expected to be the next front for inclusion, with a government-backed socio-economic diversity taskforce currently surveying firms in the City of London, Raymond Silverstein, partner at Browne Jacobson, looks at how the insurance market has historically fared on this issue.

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27 September 2022 IR35 rules to be scrapped from April 2023

The Chancellor’s recent mini-budget provided a significant announcement for business as it was confirmed that the off-payroll working rules (known as “IR35”) put in place for public and private sector businesses from 2017 and 2021 will be scrapped from April 2023.

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