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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.


Clarke Willmott hires clinical negligence ace

Clarke Willmott & Clarke’s medical team has hired the clinical negligence specialist who is advising the National Committee Relating to Organ Retention (Nacor). Mervyn Fudge leaves Toller Beattie in Barnstaple, Devon, to join the Clarke Willmott team, led by Andrew Hannam. He brings assistant Claire Jewell with him. As Nacor’s adviser, Fudge is now marshalling […]

B&M’s COO quits for Cambridge

US-based firm Baker McKenzie is losing its chief operating officer (COO) after just two years. David Yates is taking up a post as warden of Robinson College at the University of Cambridge and is being replaced as COO by current director of professional development and know-how Peter Smith. As COO, Smith will be responsible for […]

Reducing the appeal

Everybody knows that cases go to the Court of Appeal on a point of law. Or at least, everyone used to know, but that was before Lord Justice Simon Brown decided to overturn the jury decision that footballer Bruce Grobbelaar had been libelled by The Sun. Whether or not you agree that reversing the judgment […]

Shearmans continues Euro drive with new Munich office

New York-based law firm Shearman & Sterling is continuing its expansion in Germany as it announces plans to open in Munich. It is expected that the new office, which will open in May or June, will initially be managed by Frankfurt and Düsseldorf managing partner Georg Thoma. Recruitment is already underway and a number of […]

MoFo shuts Buenos Aires and opts for local alliance

San Francisco firm Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) is pulling out of Buenos Aires and setting up an alliance with a local firm instead. The firm, which opened the office at the beginning of 1999 to service clients moving into the region, will send the US lawyers at the office to other international offices. In place […]

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