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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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CMS reorganises in Luxembourg with Dentons team hire

CMS has replenished its ranks in Luxembourg with a team hire from Dentons, including the latter’s former office managing partner. Frédéric Feyten was Dentons’ managing partner in Luxembourg and is joined by of counsel Jean-Dominique Morelli in CMS’s tax department. Morelli joins CMS as a partner. Dentons corporate partners Gérard Maitrejean and Pawel Hermeliński have […]

Seven counsel from No5 involved in Family Court hearing

Seven barristers from No5 Barristers’ Chambers have been involved in a Fact Finding Hearing in the Family Court regarding brothers who alleged physical and sexual abuse by family members. Richard Hadley, who acted for the local authority, Kristina Brown, instructed by Talbots Law, Victoria Clifford, instructed by Harrison Clarke Rickerby Solicitors, Kathryn Taylor, instructed by […]

Freshfields innovation chief to leave firm

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s legal innovation officer Isabel Parker is to leave the firm, after helping to steer it through several transformation projects since 2013. The Lawyer understands that Parker, a longtime innovation head at the magic circle firm, has exited to set up a new consulting business. Her career developed entirely at Freshfields; in the […]

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A&O mulls second Germany equity cuts in three years

Allen & Overy (A&O) is reviewing the equity points of its German partners, in the magic circle firm’s second attempt to cut back on profit sharing in Germany in three years. A&O’s global management is understood to have introduced a plan to cut the equity points of the partners in its German offices by 15 […]

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