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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 […]


Morgan Lewis coaxes clerks into pro bono

Morgan Lewis & Bockius is offering its summer clerks money to stay out of the office. `The firm has asked its 124 summer clerks in six offices to spend the second half of their 10-12 week clerkship doing public interest work.`Their summer salaries will continue throughout the programme, at between $1,700 (£1,227) to $2,400 (£1,732) […]

Lee & Pembertons

News in brief Lee & Pembertons has taken on property partner Edward Bliss from Maples Teesdale where he was a partner for 12 years. Bliss specialises in residential and commercial property. His arrival strengthens the firm’s property department which has been expanding since the firm moved to Victoria, London last year.

Box clever

Having received an edict from on high that no one at Clifford Chance should speak to The Lawyer about anything at all, lawyers at the firm have been breaking the curfew to contact us on the most serious of matters: where to find a leather circular box for the detachable collars used on court shirts.`Our […]

A private matter

A raft of new legislation dealing with data protection, the regulation of employers’ investigatory powers and human rights has had an effect on employer and employee rights. There are three areas where employers must take on board changes to privacy-related rights.“Pre-employment selection`Employers can face discrimination claims on the basis of sex, race and disability when […]

Tods Murray wins shipping specialist from McClures

Scottish firm Tods Murray has bolstered its corporate finance and commercial practice with a partner from smaller rival McClure Naismith. `Alistair Burrow joins the Glasgow office of Tods Murray and brings the firm specialist experience in areas including shipping and insolvency.`Burrow acted for Altnamara Shipping in the £6m purchase of the Hebridean Spirit. He also […]

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