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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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Partner promotions 2019: Ashurst advances towards diversity targets

Ashurst has announced its latest round of promotions, as the firm edges towards its goal for 2022 of 33 per cent female representation in its global partnership.  In total, Ashurst has appointed 21 lawyers across nine offices to partnership. Eight new partners have been added in the UK, nine in Australia and one in each of […]

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Birmingham takes lion’s share of Gowling WLG promotions

Gowling WLG has prioritised Birmingham in its most recent partner promotions, with six out of the 10 new members based in the firm’s Midlands office. In its UK LLP partner promotions, Gowling made up six in Birmingham, three in London and one in Paris. Last year Gowling WLG made up just five partners across its […]

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Simmons unveils largest promotions round since 2008

Simmons & Simmons has promoted 15 lawyers to partner, including eight in its City office. Dispute resolution adds more partners than any other practice group in London, with four new London members and six globally. In London, there are promotions for Adam Brown, Chris Owen, Elizabeth Williams and Priya Nagpal. Brown joined from Herbert Smith […]

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CMS makes up 49 in latest promotions round

CMS has made up 40 partners in its latest promotions round, the largest number ever. The firms scored well for gender diversity in the UK, with women making up 76 per cent of the 21 promotions in the UK. Outside the UK, however, just seven of 28 partners made up were women. In the UK, […]

Mining

Mishcon loses to Cleary in billion-dollar mining arbitration

Mishcon de Reya has lost a billion-dollar arbitration case against a Brazilian mining company, represented by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Cleary secured a $2bn payout for its client Vale, who claimed $1.25bn in damages for losses suffered in a joint venture dating back to 2010, with the mining arm of Israeli tycoon Beny Steinmetz’s […]

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