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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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Europe

European moves: 30 April 2015

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices. France German-headquartered professional services firm Rödl & Partner is expanding its operations in France with the launch of a Strasbourg office. Ernst & Young France German desk head Nicola Lohrey is joining Rödl as a partner and head of the firm’s […]

10 November 2014

Top 10 stories: 7-13 November 2014

In a week when it seemed everyone was doing a panel review, our most popular story proved to be the news that Santander general counsel Karen Fortunato had quit the bank just as it finalised its new panel. The story topped a varied top 10 list. In second place the analysis of the impact of […]

London

Edwards Wildman set to make London redundancies as turbulence continues

Edwards Wildman Palmer has entered a redundancy consultation, with a view to axing a small number of staff in London. The consultation is potentially set to affect one lawyer and four support staff.  The firm said in a statement: “We continuously evaluate staffing needs to ensure greater efficiency, manage our business, and position the firm […]

HBJ Gateley team members attend Point and Sandwick Development Trust AGM

Catriona Smith and Aileen McCallum from HBJ Gateley’s energy, shipping and infrastructure team were recently invited to attend Point and Sandwick Development Trust’s annual general meeting (AGM). The AGM followed the trust’s completion of a funding package for its development company Point and Sandwick Power in late September to fund what will be the largest […]

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