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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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DWF‘s highest-earner in London picked up a profit share of £1m over 2018/19, according to the firm’s last LLP accounts as a non-listed company. The LLP accounts relate to the firm’s UK operations, as well as branches in Belgium, Italy, Qatar and Singapore. They cover the period between May 2018 and April 2019, a month […]

LOD targets legal operations with swoop on John Lewis

Flexible lawyer service Lawyers on Demand (LOD) has brought in the head of legal operations at the John Lewis Partnership to boost its in-house focused business line. Starting in March as its first UK director of innovation and design, Maria Passemard will work closely with general counsels at client companies to help them manage their […]

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To attract the elite Japanese clients, build in Germany

When Japan’s largest financial group Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) decided to increase its investment in Europe, 700-lawyer Nishimura & Asahi, the largest law firm in Japan, was quick to follow suit. Nishimura is a regular adviser to MUFG on a series of significant overseas M&A deals, and it boasts unassailable domestic ties. Former corporate […]

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MoFo kicks off US reporting season with 25 per cent City uplift

Morrison & Foerster’s (MoFo) London office grew its revenue by 25 per cent for the second year running, with its turnover for the City increasing from £30.9m to £38.6m. The performance follows a repositioning of the firm in the City achieved through a series of profitable mandates and tactical lateral hires. It also mirrors the […]

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