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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.


The Firm

Internal The Lawyer memo rating The Firm’s chances in last week’s The Lawyer Marketing Awards. The Firm has entered three categories. Senior partner Jack Pratchard even suggests we include a new award – best canapes. He writes: “Mrs Pratchard’s cheddar scones are fabulous. At functions, Mr Henderson also seems to serve up a secret stash […]

It's been a bad week for…

Lawyers hoping to make use of email records to prove dodgy activity. Executives looking to cover their tracks have seen a preview of a new product that can make a company’s email simply disappear. Corporate managers can use the technology developed by Disappearing Inc to set up email policies on company networks that routinely destroy […]

It's been a good week for…

Married men, after a female lawyer received a lot of coverage in the Daily Mail for her views. “Britain’s leading female divorce lawyer” Vanessa Lloyd Platt (above) offered Mail readers her views on divorce and a set of tips for a happy marriage. Under the headline “Divorce: Why we women are to blame”, Lloyd Platt […]

Trainees' minimum salary set to rise

At Thursday’s council meeting, members will consider a recommendation that from August 1 2000, the minimum wage for central London be raised from £12,150 to £13,600, with a Council recommended salary of £14,600. The Training Contract Review Group also recommends that the minimum level should be increased from £10,850 to £12,000 with a Council recommended […]

Clifford Chance raids Dutch firm

Tom de Waard and Hector de Beaufort – both mergers and acquisitions specialists – were voted in as partners of Clifford Chance on Monday. Clifford Chance opened in Amsterdam in 1998 and now has a 16-partner office there, with 104 lawyers. The departure of De Waard and De Beaufort comes just a year after Stibbe […]

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