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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.



Time trial

After 13 years of litigation, the BCCI liquidators’ case spectacularly collapsed. In its first interview, the Bank of England’s legal team relives the trial’s dramatic finale. By Joanne Harris When Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partners John Goddard and Philip Croall arrived at the Royal Courts of Justice on 2 November 2005, they expected a day much […]

Compagnoni arrival sees duo quit Weil for Dechert

Dechert” />Weil Gotshal & Manges has lost two corporate and securities partners to Dechert in a rejig of the corporate team following the trophy hire of Lovells partner Marco Compagnoni. Corporate partner Graham Defries and capital markets partner Wayne Rapozo handed in their resignations at Weil last Friday (12 May) and are expected to start at […]

Cleary calls time on its Japanese outpost

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has shut down its underperforming Tokyo office, bringing to an end the US firm’s 18-year local presence in Japan. The one partner, five fee-earner office closed officially at the end of April. All of the firm’s lawyers have left, with 56-year-old corporate partner Tsunemasa Terai retiring from Cleary to focus […]

CC and New Zealand’s Chapman Tripp cosy up with Tokyo corporate hire

Clifford Chance has strengthened its strategic alliance with New Zealand M&A firm Chapman Tripp by hiring star partner Paul O’Regan as its new head of corporate in Tokyo. O’Regan, who has been a partner with Chapman Tripp for 25 years, will relocate from Wellington, New Zealand, to take up a newly created post at the […]

Sidley aims to keep Sea Containers afloat

Sidley Austin has been brought in to advise troubled transport group Sea Containers on its restructuring. The London and US offices of the firm are acting for Sea Containers as the group struggles to stay afloat. Last month the company admitted that its accounts would pour doubt on its ability to remain a going concern. […]

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