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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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Jones Day leavers continue as tax partner heads for Katten

Another Jones Day partner, corporate tax lawyer Charlotte Sallabank, has waved goodbye to the firm, exiting for Katten Muchin Rosenman in London. Sallabank has been at Jones Day since 2006 and is the most recent of a number of exits this year. She follows the departures of private equity partner Michael Weir to White & Case, real estate partner Alex […]

Osborne Clarke reels in Bird & Bird’s UK tax head

Bird & Bird’s head of UK tax Mathew Oliver has joined Osborne Clarke’s London office; the latest in a string of new recruits to the latter’s City operations. Oliver has been at Bird & Bird since 2005, joining as a partner from Lovells where he was an associate for three years. He was a tax […]

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Clifford Chance secures victory over Cleary in landmark Google dispute

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton-represented Google has been hit with a record £3.8bn (€4.3bn) fine by the European Union Commission (EC) for breaching EU antitrust rules. This is the second record EC antitrust fine that Google has been hit with in two years, following a £2.1bn (€2.4bn) fine in 2017, both of which were pursued […]

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Ince to go public after striking a deal with Gordon Dadds

Gordon Dadds and Ince & Co have agreed to a £110m tie-up, in a move that will create the UK’s largest listed law firm by revenue. It was announced on the London Stock Exchange this morning that Aim-listed Gordon Dadds has agreed terms to acquire Ince, including its international LLP. The new firm will be […]

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