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COVID-19: Where now for Employment Tribunals?

Recent reforms to the Employment Tribunal system and a move towards virtual hearings are intended to boost hearing capacity and access to justice. We consider the developments to the pre-existing approach and what this means for employers. Justice in slow motion?

Winding up petitions: High Court guidance

Regulations laid before Parliament yesterday seek to extend the current restrictions on the presentation of winding up petitions to 31 December 2020. However, there will inevitably come a time when these temporary restrictions are lifted.

Covid-19 guidance for courts in Northern Ireland – Civil Actions

On 23 September, the Lord Chief Justice’s Office issued Covid-19 Guidance for Civil Actions which applies to all civil actions in the High Court and County Court from 1 October 2020. This Guidance is an attempt by the Office of the Lord Chief Justice to have the civil courts undertake as much business as possible during the pandemic.

Running a charity at a time of crisis: reputation management tips for the third sector

Charities are undoubtedly invaluable to society, but regardless of their admirable aims, they are not immune to experiencing a crisis. This fact has come sharply into view amid the coronavirus pandemic, with charities currently experiencing , caused primarily by a drop in donations. This financial hit has left charities especially vulnerable, leaving the door open for mistakes and wrong decisions to be made. But there are steps you can take before and during a crisis to shield against reputational fallout


Walker Morris profits leap

Leeds-based Walker Morris has again recorded bumper profits for the past financial year The firm’s turnover, which was £26m for the financial year 2000/2001 has leapt to £31m. And its competitors will be left reeling at partner profits, which have increased from £400,000 to £446,000.“It’s just a continuation of the same strategy which is developing […]

Bird & Bird bolsters Hague office

Bird & Bird has hired a team of seven lawyers from the former office of Andersen Legal in The Hague Corporate partner Steven van der Waal is joining Bird & Bird’s Hague office with six other lawyers, including Yufang Guo, who will be running an Asian desk in The Hague.First revealed on on 10 […]

Lawyer readers are winners

Finally, we have two competition winners this week.A couple of weeks ago, Tulkinghorn set a task to find the budding marketeers among you, asking for tips to aid Hammonds’ marketing department in selling its latest client win, that of a leading condom manufacturer.A certain ‘Trev B’ went in on the theme of flavoured condoms, coming […]

Al Fayed wins appeal to keep 'secret' documents

Scotland Yard has lost a legal battle with Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed over documents its solicitors sent to him by mistake regarding his ongoing litigation against the police for wrongful arrest Al Fayed was arrested in March 1998 on suspicion of theft or criminal damage of a Harrods safe deposit box.In October 2001, the […]

Simmons turnover defies partner profit slump

Simmons & Simmons’ profits per partner figure for 2001-02 dropped from £412,000 in the previous year to £375,000, a fall of almost 9 per cent However, the firm’s global turnover grew in the same period to £157m from £149m, an increase of 5.5 per cent. Global profits stayed at £50m.First revealed on on 14 […]

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