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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.

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22 per cent ceiling: could quotas boost female partner numbers?

Research for The Lawyer’s first-ever Diversity Audit has revealed that the proportion of partners at the UK’s top 100 firms who are women has stayed static at 22 per cent in the last five years, despite the introduction of aspirational targets by many firms. Of the 16,183 full-time equivalent partners at the top 100 firms […]

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The Lawyer names legal diversity champions as part of first Diversity Audit

CMS, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells, Linklaters and Pinsent Masons have been named as Diversity Champions in The Lawyer’s first-ever Diversity Audit, which is published today as the latest in the UK200 series of reports. The five have been recognised for not only driving the diversity agenda within their organisations but for taking the lead […]

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