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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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Balfour Beatty has appointed a new general counsel and company secretary, one year after the departure of its former legal head. Tracey Wood joins the FTSE 250 infrastructure group as GC and company secretary after over 14 years at rival infrastructure business Costain Group. She served as GC at Costain for nine years after joining […]

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UK Government’s top lawyer steps down in shock exit

The head of the UK Government’s legal department (GLD) Jonathan Jones QC is to leave the division after six years at the helm. His departure comes as the UK Government faces scrutiny over its plans to clarify parts of the Northern Ireland protocol, which formed a section of the 2019 withdrawal agreement. Jones took on […]

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Freshfields leadership candidates told to focus on diversity in election race

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is asking senior partner candidates to develop a clear strategy on inclusion, as the firm enters the key phase of its leadership elections. The process had been delayed in light of the coronavirus pandemic. It is understood the firm is now looking to hold the race to appoint its new managing and […]

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Clarke Willmott makes use of Covid-19 tax scheme

Clarke Willmott is the latest UK200 firm to confirm that it is deferring tax payments until next year given the financial challenges posed by Covid-19. By joining the likes of Watson Farley & Williams in taking advantage of the UK Government’s deferral schemes, Clarke Willmott is pushing back July’s partnership tax payment until January, while […]

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