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What role does HR have in protecting staff in the physical workplace?

An increasing number of businesses are choosing to return to the physical office, whether that be once or twice a week, or full time. Either way, it is vital that employers ensure that the work environment meets the strict health and safety standards necessary in order to avoid outbreaks of COVID-19 amongst staff members. This […]

The end of normal? Law firm survey 2020

Our 2020 law firm survey, developed in association with The Lawyer, reveals many law firms were ill-prepared for the seismic shock from the coronavirus outbreak. The crisis has cast an uncomfortable light on firms with poor financial management or without the necessary technology infrastructure. The pandemic already appears to be widening the gap between law firms, with some now under real pressure.

Covid-19 Update – Coronavirus, domestic abuse and legal action

The difficulties with court listings and the inability to hold hearings in a normal fashion has now been underway for 6 months. The recent guidance set out in ‘The Road Ahead’ shows there is no likelihood of that changing in the near future. This means there has had to be a reconsideration of what delays are acceptable and what reasons are sufficient to delay final decisions being made for children.

The rule of six: Legal obligations on food and drink businesses in England

Whilst we have very quickly become familiar with the “rule of six”, regulations come in to force today placing a further legal obligation on businesses in England that serve food for consumption on the premises to ensure that, save for in limited exceptions, bookings of more than six people are not accepted.

Landlord’s remedies and COVID-19 – has the pendulum swung too far?

As another week draws to a close, in a time when every day seems to bring unexpected – and often unwelcome – news, the landlord community is reeling – albeit perhaps largely in a somewhat unsurprised and resigned fashion. This is due to the latest announcements from the government affecting the commercial landlord and tenant relationship.

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Burges Salmon has furloughed more than 40 members of staff and redeployed a number of employees into business support functions in a bid to skirt redundancies. The firm is furloughing 42 people across roles that can only be carried out within its premises. They include legal support, front of house and a proportion of its […]

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Magic circle duo and Quinn on call as NMC Health falls into adminstration

Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy, DLA Piper and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan were all on call as NMC Health failed to secure creditor support. The healthcare provider is now set to collapse into administration after it failed to secure support from its creditors at the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB). The bank, which has […]

Simmons is latest firm to delay partner distributions

Simmons & Simmons is to delay partner distributions, echoing similar measures taken across the legal industry to reduce the impact of the fallout of the Covid-19 emergency. On top of the distribution delay, the firm said every decision about pay and bonuses will be deferred until later in the year. A spokesperson for the firm […]

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