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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.


Downturn puts squeeze on staff numbers

More than a fifth of law firms have had to lay off staff as a result of the economic ­climate, a new study has found. The poll, conducted by recruitment consultancy Badenoch & Clark, revealed that 20.8 per cent of the 900 staff working at law firms and in-house teams surveyed have had to make […]

Judicial appointments diversity failure prompts calls for more solicitor input

The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) has reinforced its call for more women and black minority ethnic (BME) ­people to apply to become judges after five places in the latest competition were allocated to women but no BME person was given a seat. In total 22 people have been made up to the High Court bench, […]

Cadwalader restructuring partner to join Latham

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has suffered its third defection since it laid off 96 lawyers in July this year. London restructuring partner Jackson Taylor has moved to Latham & Watkins one month after New York environmental litigator Andrew Perel left Cadwalader for Steptoe & Johnson. Earlier this year (26 August) The Lawyer reported on the […]

Layton takes Clifford Chance corporate crown

Clifford Chance private equity partner Matthew Layton will today be voted into the post of global corporate head. Clifford Chance corporate crown” />Clifford Chance private equity partner Matthew Layton (pictured) will today be voted into the post of global corporate head. The election for the post was uncontested and held at short notice to find […]


West End firm Fladgate showed its confidence for the future with the decision this year to into a new office for the first time in its 248-year history. It will take on an extra 10,000ft of space in Great Queen Street. With steady, if unspectacular, financial results for 2007/08, the firm has every reason to […]

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