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The Job Support Scheme

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced today that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the Furlough Scheme) will end as planned on 31 October 2020. However, he has provided some much needed relief for employers who have been hard hit by the Coronavirus in announcing the Government’s new initiative to support struggling employers, the Job Support Scheme (the Support Scheme). The stated aim of the Support Scheme is to support viable businesses to retain viable jobs in what will undoubtedly be a continued period of significant economic uncertainty.

Sending in the bailiffs… no longer an option for landlords

On 15 September 2020, the government announced further measures to protect commercial tenants from recovery action by restricting the ability of landlords to recover unpaid rent by utilising the Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery process (“CRAR”).

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Cape Town takeover

South African firm Hofmeyr Herbstein Gihwala & Cluver has added 20-lawyer Cape Town-based Walkers to its growing national network. Hofmeyr will pick up Walkers’ clients like Old Mutual, one of the country’s largest insurance companies, which is in the process of demutualising.

LCD blueprint heralds virtual future for law

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Salans beats rivals to Paris IT boutique

International firm Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn has beaten French and UK rivals in the race to sign up respected 13-lawyer Paris-based IT boutique, FG Associes. FG’s three partners – Christiane Feral-Schuhl, Marc d’Haultfoeuille and Bruno Gregoire Sainte Marie – will head a new IT, Internet and multimedia practice at Salans and add to the firm’s […]

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