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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 […]


Case of the week

Pamela White, who worked as an equal partner for 33 years helping her husband to build up his farming business, is claiming a half-share in the £4.5m venture. The House of Lords heard the case last week, which is considered the most important divorce cases for years. White was originally awarded a lump sum of […]

Litigator’s View

Duncan Wiggetts reports on the BBC’s attempts to protect its reputation in sports broadcasting BBC v talkSPORT In an important decision in June, Justice Blackburne drew a line in the sand on the ambit of “protectable goodwill”. The learned judge did so by refusing to grant injunctive relief to the BBC to stop talkSPORT using […]

CC sets up European conflict check team

Clifford Chance has taken responsibility for conflict checks away from partners and has set up an internal compliance function – the first of its kind in Europe. The firm brought in the new conflicts function to the Frankfurt office last week. Impetus for the move came after the merger with Rogers & Wells and Pünder […]

Holman loses HK partner to Bird &Bird

Hong Kong partner Edward Alder is leaving Holman Fenwick & Willan to join Bird & Bird‘s expanding Far East practice. He will join the firm’s Hong Kong office, which has grown fivefold in the last year. Alder specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration, particularly regarding IT, telecoms and e-commerce. He trained in the UK and […]

Quote of the week

“We were prepared to lose a little of our precious independence in return for its name and the quality of its activities.” – Gianni Origoni partner Alessandro Giuliani becomes the first lawyer to admit the real reason why not everyone wants to be alone.

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