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In the days before the Budget announcement, several media sources had mentioned that the Chancellor would be proposing immigration reform in an attempt to attract highly skilled global talent to help drive the UK’s economy post Covid-19 and Brexit. Eagerly watching the Chancellor during his buoyant speech, Rishi Sunak yesterday announced the proposed changes to the UK immigration system to boost “international competitiveness”.Read more
We are sad to announce the death of Dennis Taylor, a SMB professional support lawyer in the Employment and Business Immigration team. Dennis supported the team remotely in navigating the regular changes to employment law and did a fantastic job preparing our marketing materials, our bulletins and our training materials.Read more
UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak promised his government’s 2021 budget “meets the moment” and delivers the “full measure of our fiscal firepower' to continue to protect jobs and employers. The Chancellor began his budget speech by announcing that the Office for Budget Responsibility has revised its unemployment forecast downwards from 11.9% to 6.5%, a decrease which Sunak credits to his government’s financial support for the labour market throughout the pandemic.Read more
SMB are hosting an invitation only webinar on the latest developments in Employment and Immigration law on March 25th at 11am. This session will be presented by Sundeep Rathod and Daniel Cotton who will be talking about the post-Brexit landscape and will bring you up to date on the key recent and upcoming changes.Read more
Workers in England who can work from home should continue to do so until at least June 2021. Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered this news as part of his four-step plan to unlock society and cautiously bring England out of lockdown once and for all.Read more
Could the furlough scheme be extended for fifth time in a bid to avoid widespread unemployment?Read more
Buckle up if you operate in the gig economy. Today’s Supreme Court decision is expected to fundamentally re-order the entire industry.
Uber has lost its case in the highest court in the country, appealing against three earlier decisions that its drivers were workers and not self-employed.
Since 2017, in particular, we have seen cryptocurrencies skyrocket (and plummet) in value and the lure of potential colossal returns has seen them become an increasingly popular form of investment.Read more
Reach plc, the publisher of various national and regional newspapers titles, has settled a libel claim brought by the sports nutrition brand Myprotein over an April 2017 article published in The Manchester Evening News (MEN). The company sought damages of in excess of £1 million.Read more