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General Counsel Update - November 2016
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Australia, European Union, Hong Kong, United Kingdom
  • November 24 2016

The outcome of the June 2016 Brexit referendum raised many significant questions of concern to business. We began our Brexit analysis 18 months before


Practical steps for employers when preparing for the EU General Data Protection Regulation
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • November 7 2016

The General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR") aims to harmonise data protection procedures and enforcement across the European Union. It will apply


Government loses round one of Brexit legal challenge as High Court rules that the approval of Parliament is required to trigger Article 50
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • November 3 2016

In a landmark constitutional law ruling (R(Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the EU) the High Court today held that the UK Government cannot


Investment Association updates executive remuneration principles and publishes open letter
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • November 1 2016

Following the recommendations of the Executive Remuneration Working Group in July 2016 (see our briefing here) the Investment Association ("IA") has


PRA and FCA final rules on regulatory references: strengthening accountability in banking and insurance
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • October 19 2016

The FCA and the PRA have published new policy statements relating to regulatory references under the new accountability regimes for banks and


UK: Subject access requests - employer’s refusal to comply contributed to unfair dismissal
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • October 12 2016

Refusing to comply with a subject access request may contribute to the unfairness of a subsequent dismissal, where the tribunal considers that the


UK: New publications - EHRC Pregnancy and Maternity Pledge
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • October 12 2016

The EHRC has launched a new Working Forward initiative to support pregnancy and maternity rights, asking employers to sign up to an EHRC pledge to


UK: New publications - ACAS guidance - productivity, terminal illness, dress codes, gender pay gap reports
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • October 12 2016

Acas has issued guidance for line managers to help run effective teams and on dealing with life-threatening conditions at work, and has updated its


UK: New publications - introduction of judicial assessment
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • October 12 2016

The President of the Employment Tribunals (England and Wales) has issued Presidential Guidance in force from 3 October, setting out a procedure for


New publications: introduction of judicial assessment, Acas guidance, pregnancy and maternity pledge, national minimum wage, and impact of Brexit on English law contracts
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • October 11 2016

The President of the Employment Tribunals (England and Wales) has issued Presidential Guidance in force from 3 October, setting out a procedure for