Firm’s intellectual property team, described as ‘equal to any department in London’, moves into top tier of industry ‘bible’ the Legal 500
The Manchester office of national law firm Clarke Willmott LLP has received top rankings in the prestigious Legal 500 industry guide for the North West.
The firm’s intellectual property (IP) team has moved into the top tier of the directory which ranks the UK’s top lawyers and organisations.
The guide describes the department, headed by partner Roy Crozier, as ‘one of the best IP teams outside of London’.
The team has climbed from tier 2 to tier 1 in the Intellectual Property section of the directory, with Roy personally ranked as a ‘leading individual’
From BBP Media
As the fallout from the #MeToo movement continues to make waves in the City, law firms are grappling with the issue of how to deal with partners accused of inappropriate behaviour.
And last week’s news that ex-Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan partner Mark Hastings has found a new role at Mayfair boutique Grosvenor Law – while still being investigated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) over the actions that led to his dismissal from the US firm – has also raised questions about the wisdom of recruiting partners facing regulatory scrutiny.
Employment and partnership specialists say the reputational issues alone are enough to raise a red flag for most law firms considering such a hire.
Fox Williams strategic consultant Tina Williams says: ”Law firms live or die by their reputations for integrity. No firm wants to be perceived as placing profits above all else.”
Pressure on the government to provide details of legal advice about a possible Brexit deal is growing, with the DUP, Labour and Lib Dems demanding it be published, following calls from cabinet ministers to see the full document.
One option could be for Labour to seek to force publication via a Commons motion, as the party did with the government’s Brexit impact assessments.
Jeffrey Donaldson, the DUP’s chief whip at Westminster, said the party, which supports Theresa May in government, would like to see the full document published, allowing not only ministers but MPs and the public to assess it.
The shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, said the advice must be released to MPs so they can scrutinise the document, while the Lib Dems called for the advice to be published in full.
The advice, drawn up by the attorney general, Geoffrey Cox, at the request of Theresa May, looks into the various options connected to the backstop, seen as the final major impasse before a deal can be agreed.
At a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Cox gave ministers a summary of the advice, and told them that if the UK insisted on the right to unilaterally end a backstop, opposed by the EU, it increased the risk of no deal.
n recent months, a significant number of articles focusing on IR35, the changes introduced in April 2017, and the impact of these changes on those who provide services within the public sector, have been published. Many of these articles have not considered the impact of the changing approach to IR35 on the accounting profession.
The IR35 rules came into force in April 2000 and apply when an individual provides their services to an end client via an intermediary. The rules have effect in cases where the terms of the arrangement would be considered “employment” if these services had not been supplied via the intermediary.
In most instances, the intermediary concerned will be a personal service company set up by the individual undertaking the work. If a contract falls under IR35, then the rules require that, in the taxation computation of the intermediary, expenses which would not have been permitted to be claimed for tax purposes had that worker been employed, are added back.
As a result, if IR35 applies, there is no real tax advantage of that worker being engaged off the payroll by the end client.
Since the introduction of these rules, there has been limited compliance activity by HMRC due to challenges over whether or not IR35 should apply.
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