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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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Australian firms lead the way on equal opportunities

A survey by the Australian Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency has revealed that, on average, women make up 16 per cent of partners in Australia’s leading law firms. Australian law firms have a higher ratio of women in senior positions than many of the country’s leading corporations. A survey by the Australian […]

Field Fisher raids Wragges for real estate lateral

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has bolstered its real estate department with the appointment of a property finance lawyer from Wragge & Co LLP. William Greig joins Field Fisher as a partner from the London office of Wragge & Co. His arrival comes hot on the heels of the recent hires of property litigator Antony Phillips […]

Future unsure for right wing Italian MEP

The Likelihood that Italy’s nominee as the new EU Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security will take up his post has become extremely unlikely, with the European Parliament forcing a withdrawal of the entire new European Commission, which was due to start work on 1 November. Existing Commission president Romano Prodi and his existing commissioners […]

Two’s a crowd

Larger firms suggest conflicts are getting out of hand. Which is why the courts are seeking a compromise between client confidentiality and the realities of business. By David Halpern The dispute between Marks & Spencer (M&S) and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer this year raised fundamental questions about the role of solicitors in the 21st century. Are […]

Gide makes Algerian connection

Gide Loyrette Nouel is beefing up its Algerian practice with the hire of an oil and gas expert. Djamila Annad joins Gide as an Of Counsel after 15 years as an adviser to the general manager of Algeria’s national oil company, Sonatrach, and will be the sixth lawyer in Gide’s Algiers office. Gide is currently […]

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