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Blake Lapthorn appoints new head

Blake Lapthorn appoints new head of Recruitment Sector Group
Blake Lapthorn, one of the leading law firms in the UK, is pleased to announce the appointment of Bridget Wood as the new head of its Recruitment Sector group from 1 January 2010.
Bridget, who is one of the founding members of Blake Lapthorn's Recruitment Sector group, will be responsible for heading up the team and for continuing to develop and grow the firm's market-leading Recruitment Sector practice by building on its offering to meet the needs of its existing and expanding client base of users and suppliers of staffing services.
Organisations increasingly rely on flexible resource such as temporary workers, agency workers, self-employed consultants and contract workers. At the same time, regulation of the recruitment sector has increased, tax regimes have been tightened and there is growing concern about which workers have employment rights and, if so, what rights.  Many organisations now outsource their recruitment processes, including the management of their temporary, agency and contract worker requirements, which involves complex legal, tax and commercial issues.  Alongside this, the recruitment process relating to the supply of candidates for permanent roles is also becoming more complex, with new developments in recruitment regulation and new immigration requirements.
Consequently, organisations involved in recruitment and the world of agency and contract workers need specialist advisers to deal with the legal, tax and commercial issues which this business area involves.
Blake Lapthorn's Recruitment Sector group was established in 1992 to meet this need for specialist solutions providers.  The group is described in the legal directories as "the acknowledged experts" and the leading advisers to the recruitment sector.  The team are recognised experts on recruitment and resourcing issues, providing specialist legal and strategic advice to both users and suppliers of UK and international staffing services. Clients benefit from the range of complementary legal and commercial experience of team members relating to recruitment and resourcing, including expertise in recruitment process outsourcing, disputes and litigation, corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions, tax, employment, TUPE, data protection, immigration, regulatory (including BIS investigations) and commercial work.
Said Bridget: "I am pleased to be taking over the team at this exciting time as we look forward to the future. The firm's Recruitment Sector group has been involved in some of the most important cases and industry decision-making in recent years and I very much look forward to us building on this."
Simon Treherne, Head of Blake Lapthorn's Corporate Department, comments: "In a world where there is increasing reliance on flexible resource, our corporate clients will continue to benefit from our Recruitment Sector group's specialist expertise and I am delighted that Bridget, with over 14 years experience of the recruitment sector, is leading our work in this area."


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