A couple of interesting developments to report today...
First, the High Court has refused to order payment of a £175,000 severance payment agreed with the chief executive of an NHS Trust, on the basis that her performance was so bad that the Trust's decision to pay her a severance payment was perverse and ultra vires. See the article in today's FT - http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/4c727026-3419-11de-9eea-00144feabdc0.html
[Thanks to Simon Jeffreys of CMS Cameron McKenna for telling me about this]
Second, the European Commission has set out principles for remunerating risk-based staff in financial institutions. The recommendations include the bulk of bonuses being deferred (to enable better judging of performance) and claw-back clauses in data proves to have been misstated. The Recommendations will be followed up by legislative proposals. See the Press Release - http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/09/674&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en
[Thanks to Richard Linskell of Campbell Hooper for telling me about this]