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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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Osborne Clarke furloughs staff and defers 75 per cent of partner profits

UK partners at Osborne Clarke are to defer 75 per cent of their quarterly profit distributions, with the firm also furloughing staff across its offices. The Lawyer understands that the firm has furloughed more than 100 staff members, though the firm did not comment on specifics. It is understood that the roles affected are all largely […]

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Kirkland alumni club: Willkie secures double-partner hire in London

Willkie Farr & Gallagher has secured its long-awaited hire of two partners from Kirkland & Ellis, as they join former colleague Claire McDaid to expand its City private equity team. Gavin Gordon and David Arnold are to join Willkie in the City, following on from the firm’s hire of Dechert tax partner Jane Scobie last […]

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Burges Salmon furloughs 42 employees and redeploys others

Burges Salmon has furloughed more than 40 members of staff and redeployed a number of employees into business support functions in a bid to skirt redundancies. The firm is furloughing 42 people across roles that can only be carried out within its premises. They include legal support, front of house and a proportion of its […]

WeWork GC makes move to Booking.com

WeWork’s former regional general counsel Sarah Nelson Smith has landed a new role at Booking.com. Nelson Smith, who left WeWork after 18 months at the beginning of April, is to join Booking.com’s legal team as its global head of corporate and commercial. The role is based in Booking.com’s HQ in Amsterdam, where it was founded […]

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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 […]

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