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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


Martineaus loses education head to Pinsents

Pinsents’ Birmingham office has hired the head of Martineau Johnson’s education unit Nicola Hart to head its new universities practice. She has been a partner at Martineaus since 1995.

Singapore FTA gives little away

The Singapore-US Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed last week has disappointed US law firms by making little concession towards opening up the legal market to US competitors. A letter from Singapore’s minister for trade and industry to the US ambassador in the region Robert Zoellick confirmed that Singapore will admit to the local bar US-qualified […]

Philip Green’s efforts to head Safeway rivals off at the pass

Helen Power reports on where the Takover Panel stands regarding gagging orders on rival bidders Philip Green doesn’t seem to like lawyers much. According to The Times, he told a small business conference two weeks ago that lawyers charge you a lot for nothing except a lot of paper. In the case of Safeway, Green’s […]

Legal Widow

Subjudice asked if she could go to the after-school homework club please, only I’d have to hurry as places are limited. I said yes, although Subjudice has never shown much enthusiasm for homework in the past. “But everyone’s doing it, Mum,” she said. “I’d miss out if I didn’t.” Then Deminimus started coming home from […]

Gateley Wareing converts to LLP

Midlands-based firm Gateley Wareing is set to become a limited-liability partnership (LLP) by 1 September 2003, following the lead of Birmingham giant Wragge & Co, which converted to LLP status at the beginning of the month The firm’s senior partner Michael Ward told The Lawyer that a shift towards LLPs is inevitable for people who […]

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