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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.


Transferwise ends GC search with senior Monzo hire

Transferwise has hired the chief legal officer of rival money app Monzo as its new general counsel, ending a seven-month search to fill the position. The currency transfer service has found its next general counsel in Dean Nash, who has spearheaded the legal strategy of digital bank Monzo for more than three years. In 2019, […]

Dean Nash, Monzo

Dean Nash is right at the heart of one of the UK’s fastest-growing businesses. As general counsel of Monzo Bank, he has just rounded off a phenomenal year for the company, culminating in its £20m crowdfunding project in November. As well as being the largest crowdfunding round ever undertaken by a British fintech company, it […]


Linklaters and Deloitte join crowdfunding venture to find the next Monzo

Linklaters and Deloitte have partnered up with the crowdfunding platform that propelled digital bank Monzo to stardom to launch a new investment programme aimed at supporting financial inclusion startups. The project is helmed by platform Crowdcube, which recently saw challenger bank Monzo, now valued at £1bn, raking in £20m in a crowdfunding campaign that lasted […]

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Former Latham partner fills in as Monzo’s interim legal head

Digital bank Monzo has brought in a new senior interim head of legal as it ramps up recruitment efforts to fill the role permanently. Andrew Macklin, a former Latham & Watkins corporate lawyer in London, was brought in over the summer after leaving the US firm last year. Macklin was a partner at Latham for […]

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Freshfields puts aside nearly £2m for office move

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has reported a near £2m price tag on its move to 100 Bishopsgate, its LLP accounts show. The firm detailed an amount of £1.8m in relation to capitalised expenditure for its office move, due to take place as the current lease for its Fleet Street premises end in 2021. The costs for […]

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