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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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Tollers – Rising 50 – 2005

Turnover: £7.2m Revenue per partner: £400,000 Revenue per lawyer: £130,900 Total number of partners: 18 Total number of fee-earners: 69 Total number of fee-earners (excluding consultants, paralegals, trainees etc): 55 Total number of support staff: 111 Offices: Corby, Kettering, Northampton Equity structure: Lockstep Core business: Family, charities, agriculture, business services Clients: Lafarge, Redland Aggregates, Weetabix […]

B&M’s stringent rules force partner to quit Draxis board

Baker & McKenzie (B&M) partner Stewart Saxe has been forced to resign from his position on the board of Canadian pharmaceutical company Draxis Health after B&M tightened its corporate governance rules. Since long before most lawyers had even heard of messrs Sarbanes and Oxley, the firm has had a rule in place that required its […]

Slaughter and May – UK 100

Turnover: £248m Profit per equity partner: £819,000 Equity spread: £465,000-£930,000 Net profit: £85.6m Profit margin: 35 per cent Salaried partner remuneration: £150,000-£350,000 Revenue per lawyer: £433,000 Revenue per partner: £1,922,000 Revenue per equity partner: £2,255,000 Cost per lawyer: £283,000 Profit per lawyer: £149,000 No of partners: 129 No of equity partners: 110 No of female […]

XXIV Old Buildings – UK 100

Turnover: £9.3m Heads of chambers: Alan Steinfeld QC and Martin Mann QC. Total tenants (silks): 30 (7) Door tenants: One Chambers contributions: 12.1 per cent Revenue per barrister: £308,000 Top cases last year: IPOC v Alfa; Jordan v Vodaphone; Schmidt v Rosewood Trust; Criterion properties v Stratford Properties; AWG v Sir Fraser Morrison; Phillips, Harland, […]

Arrested development

Be careful when you’re slagging off lawyers, they might bite back. Even telling a joke can, it appears, get you into trouble. Last week two founders of a group called Americans for Legal Reform were arrested for telling lawyer jokes. And not even very good ones. The two, Harvey Kash and Carl Lanzisera, were waiting […]

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