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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 […]


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 […]

Standard Chartered

Global expansion has been the dominant theme for Standard Chartered over the past two years. The consumer, corporate and institutional banking and treasury services specialist has a presence in 50 countries and is still growing. In 1998, Standard Chartered consolidated its presence in the Latin American market by acquiring Extebandes, now Banco Standard Chartered, before […]


Linklaters & Alliance advised Lend Lease on the launch of the Lend Lease Overgate Partnership. The partnership, which includes Barclays Bank UK Retirement Fund, BG Group Pension Scheme, Morley Properties and NFU Mutual Insurance Society, has committed £137m to purchasing the Dundee-based Overgate shopping and leisure centre. Linklaters real estate partners Martin Elliott and Elizabeth […]

Cost cuts see Biddle’s partner profits double

Biddle’s profits per partner have soared by 50 per cent after cutting costs and tackling slack habits in recording billable hours. Average profits per partner have risen to £270,000 with top of equity receiving £350,000 – £100,000 more than last year. Bottom of equity has seen an increase from £35,000 to £160,000. Gross fees have […]

£450m shortfall was not cause of SIF’s collapse

In her first interview since leaving the Solicitor’s Indemnity Fund, former managing director Elizabeth Mullins has denied that the fund’s £450m shortfall was the cause of its demise. By mid-1998 SIF had a £450m shortfall and was forced to go cap in hand to the profession, a move which led to the Law Society vote […]

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