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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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DLA Piper borrowings soar to £67m

DLA Piper’s total borrowings more than doubled over 2018/19 to £67.2m, according to the firm’s latest LLP accounts. The accounts reveal that borrowings increased from £32.6m over the year for regions included in the international LLP, primarily being DLA Piper’s UK, European, Middle East and Asia-Pacific business. They do not cover DLA Piper’s activities in […]

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Leading Portuguese lawyer leaves Uría after Luanda Leaks allegations

One of the main personal lawyers of Isabel dos Santos, considered Africa’s richest woman and embroiled in the recent Luanda Leaks, has left his firm Uría Menéndez-Proença de Carvalho. Jorge Brito Pereira, a corporate lawyer by background, left Uría last Thursday after three years with the firm, which he joined in 2016. Prior to that, […]

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