Latest Briefings

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


The Leader Column

The financial results for the year 2001-02 are trickling through more slowly than usual and it doesn’t take a genius to work out that this is because management is worried about the market response.Very few firms will want to shout about their figures, but surely they can take consolation in the fact that everyone is […]

A&O joins rivals in US competition push

Allen & Overy (A&O) has become the latest magic circle firm to establish competition capability in the US Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer raised the M&A stakes last month, recruiting two lateral antitrust partners, and A&O has hit back, hiring Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz senior associate Michael Jahnke as a partner. Prior to working at Wachtell, […]

Skadden tops league of US corporate firms

Skadden retains corporate crown for second term; New York firms dominate Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has topped a poll of legal advisers to corporate America. A survey by Corporate Board Member magazine, in which more than 24,000 board members were asked to identify the firms they most admire, found that company directors in […]

Landwell wins on golden shares case

Landwell’s Belgian firm Bogaert & Vandemeule-broeke successfully defended the Belgian government in the recent ruling on golden shares The court ruled that, unlike Belgian golden shares, those used in France and Portugal are illegal.Landwell now hopes that the Belgian model will be adopted across the EU, providing the firm with more opportunities to advise European […]

The danger of headline spotting

The National Audit Office (NAO) report into clinical negligence cases is one of the more misunderstood documents of our time

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