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Can UK employers claim the furlough grant while employees are on notice? Clarity is required.

Notice Pay during Furlough Leave The latest Treasury Direction for the furlough scheme, updated on 26 June 2020, could modify the effect of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. New wording at paragraph 2.2 may be interpreted to suggest that notice pay cannot be claimed through the scheme. With retrospective application, employers require clarification from HMRC […]


Real Estate and Projects

The Crown Estate sells the 150,000sq ft St George’s Court Scheme on New Oxford Street, London WC1, to London & Regional Properties. London & Regional advised by Garretts (Keith Barnett). The Crown Estate advised by SJ Berwin (Bryan Pickup). Ministry of Defence advised by Davitt Jones Bould (Tony Prior). Canary Wharf Group makes record one […]

A year ago this week

Brobeck Hale and Dorr sparks US assault on regional law firms US firm Brobeck Hale and Dorr took three top partners from Morgan Cole to set up an Oxford office. Corporate partners Joe Pillman, Jonathan Loake and Kate Eavis, the mainstay of Morgan Cole’s Thames Valley corporate practice, left to join the first US firm […]


HSBC’s use of long-term adviser Norton Rose, led by Peter Thorne, comes as no surprise, but Railtrack’s instruction of Clifford Chance is a real coup for the firm. It is understood that Clifford Chance won the work last year in a competitive pitch where it came up against Railtrack’s preferred long-term adviser Simmons & Simmons. […]


The frenzied merger activity that has taken place in the global legal market over the past few years has led to a series of link-ups between the major international firms and local law firms, and as a consequence, managing integration has become a critical skill. I experienced the challenge first hand when developing an office […]

Irwin Mitchell to challenge Irvine on PI discount rate

Irwin Mitchell is looking at the possibility of judicially reviewing the Lord Chancellor for his failure to set a discount rate in personal injury (PI) cases, which solicitors claim is leaving PI victims short of millions of pounds. Essentially, a discount rate is the amount taken off victims’ damages to account for any profit gleaned […]

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