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Can UK employers claim the furlough grant while employees are on notice? Clarity is required.

Notice Pay during Furlough Leave The latest Treasury Direction for the furlough scheme, updated on 26 June 2020, could modify the effect of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. New wording at paragraph 2.2 may be interpreted to suggest that notice pay cannot be claimed through the scheme. With retrospective application, employers require clarification from HMRC […]


Davenport, DWS scoop Macmillan deal

Davenport Lyons and Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) have acted on Macmillan Publishers’ successful acquisition of Kingfisher Books. Davenport Lyons corporate partner Alon Domb led the team acting for Macmillan, while DWS corporate partner Richard Barham led the Kingfisher team. Kingfisher publishes fiction and non-fiction for children of all ages, and the deal strengthens Macmillan’s presence […]

Stephenson Harwood China office eyes US West Coast collaborations

Hong Kong-based Stephenson Harwood & Lo, the Chinese offering of Stephenson Harwood, is planning tie-ups with three or four US firms over the next 12 months. The arrangements will require the firms to remain separate and independent but to contribute talents and resources and to collaborate on marketing and training. “We’re currently in discussions with […]

SanDisk scoops new GC

SanDisk has appointed Jim Belsford to take up the post as senior vice president, general counsel and company secretary in the flash storage card supplier. Belsford, who joins from Hands-On-Mobile where he was general counsel. He had previously led the Jones Day corporate transactions practice prior to going in-house. “SanDisk has a growing portfolio of […]

DLA Piper boosts Dutch tax team

DLA Piper has bolstered its Amsterdam tax practice with a raid on Ernst & Young, continuing its European hiring spree. The firm has hired partner Paulus Merks to work with regional tax head Roderik Bouwman. His practice focuses on the domestic and international tax aspects of M&A deals, public offerings, and structured finance transactions. Merks […]


DLA Piper: The shining star

With a touch of glitter about him, DLA Piper’s Roger Meltzer is proving to be just the man to lead the firm’s ambitious attack on Wall Street DLA Piper: The shining star” />Twenty minutes into the interview it dawned on me why I felt I’d seen DLA Piper’s global chair of corporate and finance Roger […]

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