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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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Lewis Silkin and Hill Dickinson place staff on furlough

Hill Dickinson and Lewis Silkin are placing some of their non-fee-earners and associates on furlough in response to the coronavirus pandemic, The Lawyer understands. Both firms have taken the decision to use the UK Government’s grant scheme – providing furloughed staff with 80 per cent of their wage. A Lewis Silkin spokesperson said: “Our absolute focus […]

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Pinsents lands data privacy partner from Stephenson Harwood

Pinsent Masons has strengthened its data privacy and information law offering in London by bringing in Jonathan Kirsop from Stephenson Harwood. In his new role at the firm, the Allen & Overy alumnus will prioritise the firm’s financial services clients, with his prior experience ranging from contractual and regulatory advice, data subject access requests to […]

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Gowling WLG ushers in flexible “menu” of working arrangements

Partners at Gowling WLG may not receive their share of partner distributions to keep the firm steady during the coronavirus pandemic. Partner distributions for Gowling’s UK LLP have been deferred and it has made no commitment to pay them. In order to safeguard the firm during the crisis, the firm is also keeping drawings under […]

Solicitors Regulation Authority

HFW partner fined by SRA for drink driving charge

A HFW partner has been fined £2,000 after an investigation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) into a drink driving charge. James Cashman, who is a partner in the firm’s London office, was under investigation by the regulator for a 2019 incident. In July last year, Cashman hit a stationary parked car and was arrested […]

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Norton Rose performs U-turn to put redundancies on hold

Following its revival of the four-day Flex programme, Norton Rose Fulbright has confirmed it will not be following through with plans to make global redundancies. The firm was considering the axing of jobs across business services prior to the coronavirus pandemic, The Lawyer can reveal, however, it has now made a significant reversal on the […]

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