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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Court of Appeal discharges injunction banning firm from VW group action – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal by group action specialists Harcus Sinclair challenging the enforceability of a non-disclosure agreement it entered into with a Derbyshire firm regarding the Volkswagen group litigation.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 6th March 2019

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Firms face ban on use of gagging clauses to silence whistleblowers – The Guardian

‘The government has announced proposals to prevent employers from using gagging clauses to stop people reporting criminal behaviour, harassment or discrimination to police.’

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The Guardian, 4th March 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

Lawyers investigated over Sir Philip Green’s gagging orders – Daily Telegraph

‘The regulator has begun an investigation into solicitors involved in gagging Sir Philip Green’s staff in a move which could result in sanctions including being struck off, the Telegraph can reveal. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is understood to be looking into the grievance procedure and subsequent non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) signed by at least one of Sir Philip’s previous employees who accused the billionaire of sexual harassment.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th February 2019

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Gambling regulator warns firms over use of gagging orders – The Guardian

‘The UK’s Gambling Commission has warned the industry over the use of gagging orders, after incidents of consumers being paid substantial sums of money in return for agreeing not to talk to the regulator.’

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The Guardian, 31st January 2019

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What are non-disclosure agreements? – BBC News

Posted January 29th, 2019 in disclosure, harassment, injunctions, media, news, non-disclosure agreements, racism by sally

‘Topshop boss Sir Philip Green has dropped his legal action against the Daily Telegraph, which prevented it publishing allegations of racist behaviour and sexual harassment. He had argued that former staff were breaking the law by breaching non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) they had signed. So how do these work?’

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BBC News, 28th January 2019

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Philip Green ends ‘gagging order’ legal action against Telegraph – The Guardian

‘Sir Philip Green and his business empire, Arcadia, have ended their legal claim against the Telegraph after the newspaper reported allegations of sexual and racial harassment against him.’

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The Guardian, 28th January 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com