‘I’m a Celebrity – Get Me a Confidentiality Clause!’ – No. 5 Chambers

Posted November 26th, 2019 in confidentiality, consent, divorce, media, news, non-disclosure agreements by sally

‘The national press has relished reporting the ongoing saga of Ant McPartlin’s divorce from his former wife, Lisa Armstrong. The public have been informed of the details regarding the extent of the couple’s wealth (reported to be around £62m), the amount the couple have spent on legal costs (reported to be £1.5m) and the latest offer made by Ant (reported to consist of a package which would leave Lisa with around £31m). Lisa denies that Ant has made such an offer but perhaps of most interest to divorce lawyers is the suggestion that whatever the true extent of Ant’s offer, Lisa is not prepared to sign a consent order due to Ant’s insistence that any such order should contain a non-disclosure agreement (N.D.A.)’

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No. 5 Chambers, 19th November 2019

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New law “to put more pressure” on solicitors’ NDA advice – Legal Futures

‘A new law ensuring that employees signing non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) receive independent legal advice will “increase the onus” on solicitors to act properly when drafting them, the government has said.’

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Legal Futures, 30th October 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Government vows to outlaw NDA cover-ups in sex harassment cases after inquiry prompted by Sir Philip Green scandal – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 29th, 2019 in harassment, news, non-disclosure agreements, select committees by tracey

‘Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) which cover up discrimination and harassment are “unacceptable”, the Government has said as it vows a crackdown in wake of the investigation into Sir Philip Green.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th October 2019

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Grenfell families must sign gagging orders to view report – Daily Telegraph

‘Grenfell families are to be required to sign non disclosure agreements before viewing a long-awaited report in to the fire which killed 72 people, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. The bereaved and survivors of the tragedy will tomorrow meet Sir Martin Moore-Bick, chairman of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, for a private briefing where they will receive an embargoed copy of the report covering the probe’s first phase, ahead of its publication on Wednesday.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th October 2019

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Equalities watchdog ‘calls time’ on discrimination gagging orders – Daily Telegraph

‘Non-disclosure agreements must not prevent employees bringing discrimination cases against their employer, new guidance from the equalities watchdog says.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th October 2019

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Ex-partner suing firm denied sight of its NDAs – Legal Futures

‘A former partner suing south-east law firm McMillan Williams over alleged sexual misconduct and harassment has been denied access to any non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) it may have reached.’

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Legal Futures, 20th September 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

NDA advice “must be about more than just the law” – Legal Futures

‘Any solicitor who thinks it is only the law that restricts advice on non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), ignoring the wider public interest, is “heading for trouble”, experts have warned.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd September 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Parliamentary group calls for overhaul of whistleblowing legislation – OUT-LAW.com

‘A group of politicians has recommended an extensive overhaul of whistleblowing legislation, including the creation of a legal definition for the term “whistleblower”.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th August 2019

Source: www.pinsentmasons.com

Government to legislate for legal advice on NDAs – Legal Futures

‘The government has pledged to change the law to ensure that employees signing non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) receive independent legal advice.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd July 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

NDAs: Millionaire given secrecy order over sex assault claims – BBC News

‘A senior British establishment figure was given anonymity after accusations of sexual harassment and assault in an employment case, it has been reported.’

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BBC News, 6th July 2019

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

NDAs: MPs call for ban on ‘gagging clauses’ over ‘cover-up’ fears – BBC News

‘MPs have called for a ban on “gagging clauses” used by employers to silence allegations of unlawful discrimination and harassment.’

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BBC News, 11th June 2019

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Law Society’s defence of NDA guidance draws heavy fire – Legal Futures

‘The Law Society’s defence of its practice note on non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) has not silenced its critics, with the leading academic in the field accusing Chancery Lane of “putting PR before principles”.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd June 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Maternity rights bill could make things worse, campaigner says – BBC News

‘A bill which aims to protect women’s jobs when they return to work after giving birth will have little impact, a pregnancy rights campaigner says.’

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BBC News, 22nd May 2019

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Green light for new regime on when to report rule breaches – Legal Futures

‘New requirements for reporting rule breaches to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) have been approved by the Legal Services Board (LSB).’

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Legal Futues, 21st May 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Employment lawyers acknowledge place for further regulation of confidentiality agreements but express concern over lack of regulatory clarity – Local Government Lawyer

‘There is a place for further review and regulation of confidentiality agreements (or NDAs), particularly in settlement agreements, to reduce the risk that such agreements prevent proper reporting of sexual misconduct at work, the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th May 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Law firms “willing to draw up NDAs” that breach SRA guidance – Legal Futures

‘Law firms are willing to draw up non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) that clearly breach Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) guidance, according to the woman whose own NDA threw the spotlight on the issue.’

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Legla Futures, 2nd May 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

NHS non-disclosure agreements to end, vows Matt Hancock – The Guardian

Posted April 23rd, 2019 in disclosure, health, news, non-disclosure agreements, whistleblowers by sally

‘The health secretary has vowed to end the use of non-disclosure agreements that prevent would-be NHS whistleblowers speaking out.’

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The Guardian, 22nd April 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

UK universities pay out £90m on staff ‘gagging orders’ in past two years – The Guardian

Posted April 17th, 2019 in bullying, disclosure, harassment, news, non-disclosure agreements, universities by tracey

‘UK universities have spent nearly £90m on payoffs to staff that come with “gagging orders” in two years, raising fears that victims of misconduct at higher education institutions are being silenced.’

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The Guardian, 17th April 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

Solicitors must think about “impression created” by NDAs – Legal Futures

‘Solicitors must think beyond the drafting of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and confidentiality agreements to the “impression created” by them, a panel of experts has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 1st April 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

“No ethical leadership”: Law Society blasted over NDA guidance – Legal Futures

‘Law Society guidance on the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) demonstrates an absence of “ethical leadership” and shows why the profession cannot be allowed to sort such issues on its own, a leading academic has claimed.’

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Legal Futures, 15th March 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk