Bias still hindering women targeting partnership at big firms – Legal Futures

Posted June 25th, 2019 in bias, bullying, diversity, harassment, law firms, news, partnerships, women by sally

‘Only 33% of new partners at Europe’s biggest law firms are women with bias from both male colleagues and male clients the main reason for gender imbalance, a report has found.’

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Legal Futures, 25th June 2019


SRA: Men six times more likely to be partners than BAME women – Legal Futures

Posted November 1st, 2017 in diversity, minorities, news, partnerships, solicitors, statistics, women by sally

‘White male solicitors are almost six times more likely to become a partner than women from a black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background, research commissioned by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has concluded.’

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Legal Futures, 31st October 2017


New corporate criminal offences of failure to prevent tax evasion effective from 30 September –

Posted July 13th, 2017 in company law, crime, news, partnerships, regulations, tax evasion by tracey

‘Legislation that provides for new corporate criminal offences of failure to prevent tax evasion will have effect from 30 September this year, it has been confirmed.’

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Greggs and government department withdraw appeals in ‘Primary Authority’ case – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 19th, 2017 in appeals, local government, news, partnerships by sally

‘Bakery group Greggs and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have withdrawn their appeals over a High Court ruling that incorrect advice had been given under the ‘Primary Authority’ scheme.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 16th June 2017


Litigation aftermath of failed partnership returns to High Court – Litigation Futures

Posted September 12th, 2016 in news, partnerships, solicitors by sally

‘The latest skirmish in a long-running row between two solicitors whose partnership dissolved in acrimony, has seen the High Court rule that the failure of one to mention to his creditors that he had been struck off was a “material irregularity”.’

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Litigation Futures, 12th September 2016


ABSs may “dominate in high-volume legal services”, study says – Legal Futures

Posted August 17th, 2016 in alternative business structures, legal services, news, partnerships by sally

‘The traditional law firm partnership structure is still dominant in the profession but the arrival of alternative business structures (ABS) has disrupted the status quo and may eventually become the norm in high-volume legal services, according to research.’

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Legal Futures, 17th August 2016


Former partner loses age discrimination appeal over firm restructure – Legal Futures

Posted July 29th, 2016 in age discrimination, law firms, news, partnerships by tracey

‘The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has dismissed an appeal against a decision that a top-100 regional law firm was not guilty of age discrimination against one of its partners, after he was not offered a new partnership when it restructured.’

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Legal Futures, 29th July 2016


Report: ABSs punch well above their weight – Legal Futures

‘Alternative business structures (ABS) make up just 4% of all solicitors’ firms but contributed 11% of the profession’s turnover, research has revealed.’

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Legal Futures, 27th April 2016


Regina (Rowe and others) v Revenue and Customs Commissioners – WLR Daily

Posted August 27th, 2015 in human rights, income tax, law reports, notification, partnerships, ultra vires by sally

Regina (Rowe and others) v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2015] EWHC 2293 (Admin); [2015] WLR (D) 369

‘Partner payment notices issued by the Revenue and Customs Commissioners under paragraph 3(3) of Schedule 32 to the Finance Act 2014 were not unlawful.’

WLR Daily, 31st July 2015


Flanagan v Liontrust Investment Partners LLP and others – WLR Daily

Flanagan v Liontrust Investment Partners LLP and others [2015] EWHC 2171 (Ch); [2015] WLR (D) 338

‘The doctrine of repudiatory breach was excluded from multi-party agreements falling within the scope of section 5 of Limited Liability Partnerships Act 2000.’

WLR Daily, 24th July 2015


Appeal court surprised by solicitors’ partnership agreed “in the pub” – Legal Futures

Posted June 16th, 2015 in appeals, contracts, law firms, news, partnerships, solicitors by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has upheld a High Court decision against one solicitor in favour of her former partner, after expressing surprise that the pair had no more than a verbal agreement made in the pub over a drink.’

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Legal Futures, 12th June 2015


Bates van Winkelhof v Clyde & Co LLP (Public Concern at Work intervening) – WLR Daily

Bates van Winkelhof v Clyde & Co LLP (Public Concern at Work intervening) [2014] UKSC 32;  [2014] WLR (D)  222

‘An equity member of a limited liability partnership was a “worker” within the meaning of section 230(3)(b) of the Employment Rights Act 1996 and therefore the employment tribunal had jurisdiction to hear a claim brought by the equity member against the partnership under section 47B of the Act, as inserted.’

WLR Daily, 21st May 2014


UK Supreme Court decision “opens door” for certain employment-related claims by members of partnerships, says expert –

‘Professional services firms that operate as limited liability partnerships (LLPs) could be open to certain employment-related claims from aggrieved former members of the LLP following a recent UK Supreme Court decision, an expert has said.’

Full story, 23rd May 2014


Discrimination and political membership – should we revisit Redfearn? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Under Art 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights 1950, freedom of association is protected. In Redfearn v UK it was held that the UK government had violated Mr Redfearn’s Art 11 right as the UK had not taken reasonable measures to protect employees such as him from dismissal on grounds of political affiliation. The government’s response, although following a suggestion of the court, could mean that the wider issues in Redfearn may yet have to be visited again.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 12th May 2014


Do contractual principles apply to section 35(d) of the Partnership Act 1890? The CoA sets the record straight – 11 Stone Buildings

Posted February 14th, 2014 in contracts, law firms, news, partnerships by sally

‘The Court of Appeal’s judgment in Bishop v Golstein [2014] EWCA Civ 10, handed down on 5th February 2014, and the first instance decision of Christopher Nugee QC (now Nugee J) (reported at [2014] Ch 131) both contain useful guidance for partnership lawyers advising clients in connection with dissolution and remedies where the partnership relationship has irretrievably broken down. Whether a partnership can be dissolved by acceptance of arepudiatory breach is probably one of the most contentious issues in modern partnership law. The first instance decision is now the leading authority on this issue in two partners firms, whilst the Court of Appeal’s decision sets out some pointers. Amanda Eilledge explains.’

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11 Stone Buildings, February 2014


DV3 RS Ltd Partnership v Revenue and Customs Comrs – WLR Daily

Posted July 31st, 2013 in law reports, leases, partnerships, sale of land, stamp duty, tax avoidance by sally

DV3 RS Ltd Partnership v Revenue and Customs Comrs [2013] EWCA Civ 907; [2013] WLR (D) 311

“Where a vendor contracted to sell a chargeable interest to a company and the company made a sub-sale to a partnership (of which the company was a member), both contracts being completed at the same time with sequential transfers, the partnership, as taxpayer, acquired a chargeable interest liable to stamp duty land tax.”

WLR Daily, 25th July 2013


Court of Appeal overturns tax tribunals’ findings in favour of SDLT avoidance scheme –

Posted July 31st, 2013 in appeals, leases, news, partnerships, sale of land, stamp duty, tax avoidance, tribunals by sally

“The Court of Appeal has ruled against a stamp duty land tax (SDLT) avoidance scheme involving the interaction of the sub-sale and partnership rules, overturning earlier decisions by the First Tier and Upper Tax Tribunals.”

Full story, 30th July 2013


Part-time partners: why the legal profession is changing – The Guardian

Posted June 18th, 2013 in law firms, legal profession, news, part-time work, partnerships, women by sally

“Only 9.4% of equity partners in law firms are women, despite equal numbers of men and women entering the profession.”

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The Guardian, 18th June 2013


Expert: ruling gives ‘very little comfort’ to employers looking to defend compulsory retirement age in partnership case –

“Employers looking to defend or reintroduce a mandatory retirement age will find ‘very little comfort’ in last week’s decision allowing a law firm to force a partner to retire at 65, an expert has said.”

Full story, 4th June 2013


Golstein v Bishop – WLR Daily

Posted May 8th, 2013 in law reports, partnerships, solicitors by sally

Golstein v Bishop [2013] EWHC 881 (Ch); [2013] WLR (D) 163

“The dissolution of a partnership could not be brought about by an accepted repudiation.”

WLR Daily, 2nd May 2013