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4 tips for working from home with kids

While the world adjusted to working remotely during the pandemic, we all faced the obstacles of home setup, IT, and technology – but many of us also faced a new challenge of juggling working from home with parenting, as our children also had to adapt to homeschooling and an unexpectedly long summer holiday!

Track and trace: How to comply with the new regulations

The ‘track and trace’ programme is part of the government’s plan to slow the spread of Covid-19. It’s designed to make sure those who have been in close proximity with someone who has tested positive for the virus can be contacted and given advice to follow. Until recently, the government recommended hospitality businesses to collect certain customer information. From 17 September however, this became a legal requirement.

Romania plans to tighten its foreign investment screening rules

The screening of foreign direct investments (FDIs) has been a hot topic for some time now across CEE (as also covered here). Several jurisdictions have adopted stricter measures of scrutiny allowing for the vetting of transactions potentially posing security risks. In line with this trend, the Romanian Competition Council has put forward new draft legislation aimed at tightening the existing FDI screening rules. This draft is subject to public debate until 6 October.


Students suffer as Pach fiasco leaves 300 empty pupillages

MORE than 300 pupillages have been left unfilled by the Bar Council’s pupillage clearing house system Pach, leading to fears among students that the scheme has dramatically reduced the number of places that are on offer. The Pach scheme was designed to bring order to the annual pupillage free-for-all, but its failure to allocate 320 […]

Will the media circus make a clown of justice?

When lawyers representing murder suspect Tracie Andrews wanted to find new witnesses for their case they called a press conference. Although unusual, the move is part of a noticeable trend. Instead of remaining aloof from the media frenzy surrounding high-profile trials, defence solicitors nowadays join the fray. Mark Stephens, of Stephens Innocent, is well-known for […]

Making Pach work

The Bar Council’s pupillage clearing system has found itself in the last chance saloon with criticism coming from all quarters. Calls to reform the process have been heard from students and chambers alike, forcing a pledge from the Bar to give more support to the system in the next year. However, if more time had […]

Jones Day continues its London recruitment

Steve Fiamma, head of US firm Jones Day Reavis & Pogue in London, has made good on the promise he made in The Lawyer last week to “hire one or two more partners by the end of the year”. He has recruited Robert Thomson, formerly a litigation partner with Denton Hall. Thomson, a litigation specialist, […]

Berrymans and Lace Mawer merge

Berrymans and Lace Mawer have merged to create a national defence insurance law firm, to be called Berrymans Lace Mawer. With 250 fee earners, 80 of them partners, it is by far the largest insurance law firm in the country, and one of the 30 largest law firms overall. The motivation to create the practice […]

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