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Covid-19: Returning to work – meeting your legal health and safety obligations

Key points: HSE receives 10% increase in its budget to support employers in ensuring a safe return to work Government guidance advises businesses to publish Coronavirus Risk Assessment on their website, with businesses who have over 50 workers “expected to do so” HSE will do spot inspections of workplaces to ensure employees are working safely […]

Furlough and redundancy: Jurisdictional comparison for Ireland, Guernsey and Jersey

The governments of Ireland, Guernsey and Jersey have created payroll co-funding/subsidy schemes in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The rules and eligibility criteria are different in each jurisdiction, as are the laws on furlough, variation of terms, redundancy and collective consultation. In this advisory, we have sought to help businesses with employees in one or more of these jurisdictions to understand the nuances and distinctions that exist under the respective laws.

For the love of lockdown

In this guest blog, Sophie Warren shares her thoughts on self-development for aspiring solicitors during lockdown. With experience of being a paralegal, blogger, Instagram influencer, as well as a keen runner, she has lots of experience and advice to share.

Time to go home: BP v Surrey County Council and RP

This case is of importance not only because it was likely to arise in other cases in the UK context of the coronavirus, but because Article 15 considerations arise in cases of grave importance, such as national security cases.

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Not a pretty picture

THE FINDINGS of The Lawyer’s survey on the state of the profession makes bleak reading, especially at a time when business is on the up for most law firms. The picture of a disillusioned profession, nearly half of whom regret choosing the law as a profession, is not a pretty one. The high degree of […]

In brief: Brussels placement up for grabs

Trainee solicitors are invited to spend five months in Brussels with the Law Society of England and Wales and the Law Society of Scotland. The trainee will gain insight into the workings of European institutions and the best way to lobby them, as well as learning how European laws are made and the way they […]

Police unit sounds cash fraud alert

Lawyers have been put on an international money laundering alert by a new police fraud unit, established by the City of London police. The Financial Investigation Unit (FIU) warned the profession that they may unwittingly be representing clients with connections to organised crime. Detective Chief Inspector Tony Thomas, head of the FIU, said: “Where transactions […]

Brussels exodus at Clifford Chance

FIVE lawyers have left Clifford Chance’s Brussels office in the past four months, four from the EC department. Clifford Chance partner responsible for the Brussels office’s EC competition practice, Alex Nourry, denied rumours of poor morale and said the firm had recruit ed six lawyers over the past six months. “The people who left have […]

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