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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.

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Norton Rose has dealt a blow to Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) by poaching highly-rated head of Islamic finance Farmida Bi. Bi, who leaves DWS after five years at the firm, will join Norton Rose as a partner to kickstart the rebuild of the firm’s securitisation and debt capital markets practice in the Middle East. Norton […]

Taxing times

German tax reforms will come into play on 1 January next year, but what do the changes mean for business? Since the German Corporate Tax Reform Act 2008 was published in the Federal Law Gazette (BGBl – Bundesgesetzblat) on 14 August, the local tax law community has had a difficult time. With the reform taking […]

Gibson Dunn gives London first promotion for four years

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher’s London office has seen its first promotion to partnership for four years. London-based litigation lawyer, Rachel Couter, is one of the 14 firmwide promotions which will be effective as of January next year. The firm which has five offices outside the US, promoted 13 lawyers in the States. Gibson Dunn managing […]

Halliwells bolsters private client practice

Halliwells has boosted its private client team with the appointment of Irwin Mitchell partner Paul Hirst. He will work in close quarters with Carol Mason, head of private client, as the firm continues to enhance its market share. Mason hopes that Hirst’s input and experience will help to expand Halliwells’ client base. She said: ” […]

Links Cologne reopens under Oppenhoff banner

Linklaters ‘ abandoned Cologne operation will relaunch independently as Oppenhoff & Partner. The new firm will have 11 partners and 41 fee-earners and will focus on commercial, corporate and tax work. It will be led by Michael Oppenhoff, son of the late Walter Oppenhoff, who gave the firm its name, and Michael Abels. Respected corporate […]

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