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TEAM, the UK’s largest network of independently owned recruitment and employment agents, held its 6th national conference this weekend and Brabners were delighted to share legal insights with the sector and also award TEAM member of the year 2018 at the conference’s prestigious gala dinner.

Congratulations are in order as Brabners have been awarded Employment Team of the year 2018 at the Manchester Legal Awards.

Leading lawyers from across Manchester gathered together for the ninth annual Manchester Legal Awards. Brabners' employment team, a tier one Legal 500 practice, described as an ‘excellent and balanced team’, won the prestigious award for their exceptional quality of client care and their high-quality, cost-effective and innovative service.

The long awaited government proposals have been published today following the Matthew Taylor review of employment practices in the modern economy published in July 2017. As predicted, reactions have been mixed.

"The government’s good work plan is no good, it won’t work and it isn’t a plan", says UNISON. TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady added: "The government has taken a baby step - when it needed to take a giant leap.

Brabners recently welcomed Sir David Metcalf, Director of Labour Market Enforcement, to the firm’s Manchester office for a lively debate on the importance of tackling labour market abuse with clients from across the recruitment sector.

David was named the first Director of Labour Market Enforcement in January this year and is overseeing a government crackdown on exploitation in the workplace. This includes addressing illegal working practices, ensuring large employers’ supply chains do not breach labour market laws and reviewing the effectiveness of current enforcement efforts.

Nick Campbell Partner and Head of the Employment Team at Brabners (Liverpool) said:

“The Supreme Court decision from yesterday morning is likely to have a significant impact for both employers and employees. The number of claims fell off a cliff after tribunal fees were introduced in 2013, declining by approximately 70%. Employers should steel themselves for a noticeable increase now that these fees are no more.

The legal battle surrounding the ‘gig economy’ rages on. We’ve had an election where the party in the ascendency pledged to ban zero-hours contracts, Uber lost a landmark case which ruled against its argument that its drivers were self-employed  and Pimlico Plumbers recently lost an appeal over a similar ruling.

Now it seems that Deliveroo could be the next domino to fall. The direction of travel in the case law has been very much in favour of workers. Rightly or wrongly, it looks likely that the Deliveroo verdict will go much the same way.

Brabners was shortlisted for Recruitment International’s Supplier Awards 2017.

Its nationally-recognised team has more than 25 years’ experience of advising recruitment agencies and other industry players, and its experts regularly advise on issues from the employment status of temporary workers to the application of the Agency Workers’ Regulations 2010.

Commercial law firm Brabners has appointed partner Ian Mylrea to head up the firm’s national pensions practice.

With more than nine years’ experience, Ian has spent his career specialising in pensions law at national and international firms including DLA Piper. Prior to this, he worked in-house for the accountancy firm KPMG and as a professional trustee at Merrill Lynch.

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Commercial law firm Brabners has strengthened its employment team at a senior level with the appointment of Matthew Yates as Partner.

Matthew joins the firm’s Manchester office from DWF, where he spent 12 years. He held various posts at DWF including heading up its employment teams in Manchester, Leeds and the North East.