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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.


BLP snares Slaughters big-hitter

Slaughter and May Paris corporate finance partner Antoine-Audoin Maggiar is to join Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) in a surprise move, ending months of speculation about his destination. As revealed by The Lawyer (19 December 2005), Maggiar announced his intention to leave Slaughters when the firm agreed to cede its French partners to best friend Bredin […]

Camerons’ workforce reaps bonus benefits

CMS Cameron McKenna has handed all employees, from partners to mailroom staff, a 6.05 per cent bonus on their annual salary. The firm last month announced a preliminary profit figure of £63.4m, up 25 per cent, to go with an 11 per cent rise in turnover to £180.3m. Camerons managing partner Dick Tyler said: “We […]


Uxbridge-based IBB Solicitors has appointed criminal defence specialist Paul Mason as a partner in its business investigations and governance team. He joins from TV Edwards in London. US firm Heller Ehrman has bolstered its New York office with the appointment of Robert Buehler, the former head of the organised crime and terrorism unit of the […]

Property boom drives Semple Fraser turnover growth

Scottish firm Semple Fraser has posted a 21 per cent rise in turnover to £13m, the third consecutive year of 20 per cent plus growth. The 24-partner firm is best known for property, with clients including Sir Robert McAlpine, Land Securities and the Resolution Group (formerly Royal and SunAlliance). The firm’s managing partner Alister Fraser […]

Philly merger creates 500-lawyer powerhouse

Philadelphia firms Buchanan Ingersoll and Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling have merged to form the city’s largest law firm with more than 525 lawyers. The new firm, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, will have an estimated combined turnover of $265m. Buchanan CEO Tom VanKirk will lead the new firm for at least the next three years, […]

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