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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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Bakers’ SDT hearing will go ahead virtually, tribunal rules

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has decided that the SRA’s case against Baker McKenzie and former partner Gary Senior will be heard remotely on April 27. The case was adjourned in November 2019, after nine days because former HR director Martin Blackburn, who was also referred to the tribunal by the SRA, was unable to appear […]

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Sunak’s loan scheme offers a lifeline to law firms

It’s safe to say that any firms that have tried to access the government’s coronavirus business interruption loan scheme (CBILS) would agree it’s a work in progress. The government has put in place a £330bn package, meaning businesses generating less than £45m in revenue can access a loan of up to £5m that is 80% […]

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Balfour Beatty GC resurfaces at Aldermore Bank

Former Balfour Beatty general counsel Jonathan Lagan has landed in the top legal role at Aldermore Bank. Lagan joins the FTSE 250 bank after a short spell at the construction giant. At Aldermore, Lagan will be responsible for all legal issues and risk including leading the legal and company secretarial teams, and will work with […]

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Walker Morris furloughs staff to conserve cash

As the legal industry battles the financial consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, Walker Morris is furloughing some members of staff to protect the long-term health of the business. Staff in some “quieter practice areas” will now be part of the government’s job retention scheme. The scheme currently allows organisations to claim back 80 per cent of […]

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Linklaters suspends partner profits distribution for Q4

Linklaters has decided not to pay the next quarter’s distribution of profits to partners, which had been scheduled to take place in June. The decision reflects similar moves taken by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, which this week confirmed it too would not be dishing out profits to partners for Q4. As well as this, Linklaters will […]

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