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COVID-19: Where now for Employment Tribunals?

Recent reforms to the Employment Tribunal system and a move towards virtual hearings are intended to boost hearing capacity and access to justice. We consider the developments to the pre-existing approach and what this means for employers. Justice in slow motion?

Winding up petitions: High Court guidance

Regulations laid before Parliament yesterday seek to extend the current restrictions on the presentation of winding up petitions to 31 December 2020. However, there will inevitably come a time when these temporary restrictions are lifted.

Covid-19 guidance for courts in Northern Ireland – Civil Actions

On 23 September, the Lord Chief Justice’s Office issued Covid-19 Guidance for Civil Actions which applies to all civil actions in the High Court and County Court from 1 October 2020. This Guidance is an attempt by the Office of the Lord Chief Justice to have the civil courts undertake as much business as possible during the pandemic.

Running a charity at a time of crisis: reputation management tips for the third sector

Charities are undoubtedly invaluable to society, but regardless of their admirable aims, they are not immune to experiencing a crisis. This fact has come sharply into view amid the coronavirus pandemic, with charities currently experiencing , caused primarily by a drop in donations. This financial hit has left charities especially vulnerable, leaving the door open for mistakes and wrong decisions to be made. But there are steps you can take before and during a crisis to shield against reputational fallout


Gate Gourmet doubles size of in-house legal dept

Airline caterer Gate Gourmet has more than doubled the size of its legal team in the past few months and is likely to keep growing it under new management. In Europe the team has more than doubled its numbers, from two lawyers to five, including one paralegal. The US legal team, which was set up […]

City firms unite to fight money laundering bill

City firms including Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters and Slaughter and May are working with the Law Society to launch a last-ditch attempt to alter the Government’s money laundering directive. At a round table event at the Law Society president’s official residence on Carey Street early last week, the society agreed to instruct counsel if eleventh-hour […]

Fasken Martineau expands with Ottawa merger

Canadian firm Fasken Martineau DuMoulin has secured its second merger in as many months after agreeing terms with Ottawa-based Johnston & Buchan. The deal comes six weeks after Fasken sealed its merger with London-based Stringer Saul which created the first full-service Canadian-UK law firm. Johnston & Buchan is a 13-lawyer firm focused primarily on communications […]

Big cricket mandates

As if it wasn’t the best game on Earth anyway, it seems cricket might be the way to the hearts of Indian lawyers still resisting opening up the country’s legal system to foreign firms. Ever since the English colonialists brought tea and cricket to the subcontinent, the Indians have been doing it better. But Tulkinghorn […]

Watson Burton acts pro bono for Traidcraft

Watson Burton is fighting a pro bono IP battle on behalf of one of the UK’s largest fair trade organisations. The row concerns a trademark application covering the word ‘kikoy’, an English corruption of the Kiswahili word ‘kikoi’, which refers to the distinctive wrap skirts worn on the East African coast. The Newcastle-based firm is […]

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