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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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Barclays sets its sights on new panel of alternative legal providers

Barclays is looking to appoint a new panel entirely made up of alternative legal services providers. The process will kick off in the coming months and is expected to be completed by the end of the year subject to the current Covid-19 situation. For the first time, the bank is looking to include companies such […]

Halebury co-founders exit Elevate

The co-founders of flexible lawyering group Halebury, which last year was acquired by provider Elevate, have both left the company. Denise Nurse and Janvi Patel, who founded Halebury fourteen years ago, have left the business after the end of the integration process that followed the acquisition. Halebury was purchased in 2019 by Elevate as part […]

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 […]

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A&O banking veteran to join Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown is set to add one of Allen & Overy’s global department heads, as the firm continues its London expansion with the hire of Trevor Borthwick. Trevor Borthwick, who has been at the magic circle firm since 1997 and was A&O’s head of global corporate lending, is set to make the move to Mayer […]

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