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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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Covington begins search for new London HQ as lease end nears

Covington & Burling is on the hunt for new office space in London as its lease edges closer to an end, The Lawyer understands. According to sources in the market, the US firm has kicked off the search ahead of its lease end in 2021. While no shortlist of potential locations is currently available, the […]

Quinn Emanuel recruits competition partner from Covington

A competition partner at Covington & Burling has swapped one US firm for another, joining Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan’s City office. Elaine Whiteford is moving to Quinn’s City operations and is a barrister with experience in contentious EU, competition and regulatory work, specialising in damages litigation. Most recently she acted on the LCD cartel […]

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Pinsent Masons strengthens life sciences team with lateral hire from Fieldfisher

Pinsent Masons has bolstered its life sciences and technology team in London by appointing Nicole Jadeja from Fieldfisher. This is the second departure from Fieldfisher’s life sciences team this month, following on from Rebecca Baines’ decision to go in-house at medical technologies company Stryker. The pair joined Fieldfisher from the boutique firm Rouse in February […]

Covington’s City turnover soars above $100m

Building on a series of team hires from firms such as legacy Chadbourne & Parke and King & Wood Mallesons, Covington & Burling has increased its London revenue by nearly 26 per cent over 2018. The firm posted turnover in London of $101m in 2018 from $80.5m the previous year. This means Covington’s City revenue […]

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