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The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has appointed leading North West law firm Brabners Chaffe Street to its new legal Business Partnership Scheme for REC members, to complement its existing legal service offering.

Following an extensive tender process, commercial law firm Brabners Chaffe Street was chosen along with specialist debt recovery law firm, Francis Wilks & Jones LLP due to their expertise within the recruitment sector.

Compliance concerns and the challenges facing the industry during the current economic crisis were the key issues discussed at Recruitment Leaders - the debating forum set up by Brabners Chaffe Street, Outsauce, Saffery Champness and RBS.

Recruitment Leaders; the new debating forum set up by Brabners Chaffe Street, Outsauce, Saffery Champness and RBS, kicked off yesterday with a lively debate around the challenges and opportunities for the recruitment industry heading into 2013.

North West law firm Brabners Chaffe Street has successfully defended a multiple claimant claim brought under the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR). The case is understood to be one of the first decisions on this point since the legislation was introduced in October 2011. The decision will have implications for recruitment businesses across the UK who want to rely on the exemption in the AWR and avoid providing temporary workers with equal pay after the qualifying period.

A young Bolton entrepreneur, Harrison Woods secured an offer of a £60,000 investment in last night’s episode of Dragons’ Den from Theo Paphitis and Peter Jones, CBEin exchange for a 40 per cent stake in his new business enterprise, Primal Parking Limited.

Primal Parking is an online marketplace for the finding and letting of private parking spaces across the UK.  It also supplies parking barriers, some of which were featured on the show yesterday.

The Association of Labour Providers (ALP) and leading law firm Brabners Chaffe Street have joined forces to hostspecialist workshops on “Preventing and Preparing for Employment Tribunals”.


Designed for HR and operational managers, the workshops have been developed to help delegates prevent cases reaching employment tribunal, prepare and present a case successfully, and adopt the correct strategy to limit the costs and protect reputation.


The Recruitment and Employment Confederation(REC) invited Paul Chamberlain, Partner and head of Employment law at Brabners Chaffe Street’s Manchester office, to join the judging panel of this year’s prestigious Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP) Awards.


Paul was part of a judging panel of fifteen, who represented a high-profile cross-section of individuals from the employment and recruitment sectors.


Despite years of discussion and the eventual implementation of the Agency Workers' Regulations (AWR), increased employment costs and a reduction in the use of agency workers, almost 60% of temporary workers have received little or no change in their remuneration and just over 60% of agencies feel their experience of the legislation has been negative.

Help is on hand for businesses dealing with change whilst trying to sustain growth in the current economic market.

Learning and development organisation Dale Carnegie has joined forces with North-West based law firm Brabners Chaffe Street to provide an insight into how to keep businesses engaged whilst ensuring legal obligations are met.

Employers across the region should be getting themselves up to speed for this summer's Olympics, says Joseph Shelston, Employment Partner at Brabners Chaffe Street.

This summer many employees will want to take time off during the London 2012 Olympics if they have been able to acquire tickets for an event and businesses will need to think carefully about how to respond to holiday requests, especially if several employees request the same day off.