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Following a period of recent change for the worse in M&A (and PE exits) activity, due to political uncertainty and governance issues, can local strategy – combined with Africanising operations – and positive business sentiment improve the current state of affairs?

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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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HSF promotes seven in London in largest round since 2012 merger

Herbert Smith Freehills has promoted the largest number of partners since its merger in 2012, with 26 lawyers making the grade. The firm has added the most lawyers in Australia, with a total of eight, while seven have been made up in London. There are six partners in HSf’s continental European offices and four in […]

HSF to split out bonus payments for 2019/20 financial year

Herbert Smith Freehills is the latest City firm to reduce partner profit distributions, while maintaining it will still award bonuses in two separate payments over the next year. The firm confirmed today that all employees will remain on their current respective salaries, with this pay freeze set to be reviewed in six months. While some […]

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HSF’s drift away from the City

Growth by big gesture is out of character for HSF, where gestation periods are habitually elephantine. The energy of 2011-12 when Herbert Smith launched on the Continent, in New York, and merged with Sydney-headquartered Freehills, was in retrospect a strategic fever-dream, not to be repeated.  We have yet to see the hoped-for doubling of size […]

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HSF partner capital increased by £13m over 2018/19

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) asked partners to cough up an extra £77,000 each in capital over 2018/19, the firm’s most recent LLP accounts have revealed. The figures reveal that HSF’s partner capital increased by £13.4m over the last financial year, as the firm sought to balance out its bank borrowings. The accounts state that partner […]

White & Case swipes longtime CMS corporate partner

White & Case has secured the hire of a corporate partner from CMS. Partner Sandra Rafferty is set to join the US firm in early May after spending most of her career at CMS, where she was co-head of the firm’s infrastructure and projects group. She has been a partner there for almost 25 years. […]

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