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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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Spare a thought for the firms left out of the telecoms deals boom

There’s nothing more irritating than being without the internet at home, and right now, it’s business-critical. It therefore seems fitting that merger negotiations between O2 and Virgin Media started to solidify deep into lockdown; a deal that could create a mobile and broadband powerhouse large enough to rival BT. As of last year, BT holds […]

Webinar: Changing the culture of financial services

In this free to attend webinar, part of the In-house Financial Services virtual event that took place between 30 June – 2nd July, speakers discuss whether now is the perfect time to revise and develop your firm’s culture, given this climate where everything is forcibly changing, starting with the behaviours and mindsets that characterise an organisation. The FCA defines culture as ‘the habitual behaviours and mindsets that characterise an organisation’ yet culture is commonly known as ‘the way things are done around here’. How can the financial services sector change this mindset to reflect a culture that aligns employee practice with the best customer outcomes? Can organisations utilise the Covid-19 pandemic as an opportunity to develop their corporate culture in a vacuum? Dr Tom Reader, associate professor at the LSE’s Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, explains that the key is having a compelling reason to change as “Covid-19 is testament to the fact that culture can change rapidly”. Behaviours change when the cause is important – often, change programmes are ineffective because they are meaningful only for the people who want the change, not for the people they want to change. Complete the form below to access the 40-minute webinar and hear the speakers discuss: Who is driving your organisational culture; shareholders, the board or employees and customers? How can firms go beyond rules and standards to achieve real cultural change? How do you influence and inform culture? Has the crisis been revealing of organisational culture? What cultural changes have businesses made during the pandemic? How do you encourage great people to do even better things and choose to change rather than have it imposed? Can the industry reform performance metrics to ensure customers are at the forefront of business and employee successes rather than short-term profit maximization? Speakers: Karen Ozdamar, General Counsel, Paymentsense Dr Tom Reader, Associate Professor and Deputy Head of Department (Research), London School of Economics Ehsan Haque, General Counsel, AlphaSwap Moderator: Shika Soni, Regional Head of Legal, Europe & Middle East, Principal Global Investors

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