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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.


British Energy GC and Chakrabarti win birthday honours

A raft of lawyers have joined footballer Ryan Giggs and Ian Botham on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. British Energy general counsel Robert Armour is the only in-house lawyer to make the list, being awarded a CBE for services to the electricity industry. The Queen gave a CBE to Doughty Street Chambers barrister Jonathan Cooper […]

Napthens absorbs two North West boutiques in bid to dominate Lancashire

Preston-based Napthens has acquired two firms to help it achieve its ambition of becoming the dominant legal services provider in Lancashire. Napthens, which merged with Blackburn rival Roscoes in November 2006, is to take over Cuddy Woods & Cochrane in Blackpool and Wallwork & Company in Chorley, effective from 1 October. Napthens executive chairman Ian […]

UK firms beat US rivals for best workplaces

UK firms could be winning the battle for talent, as exclusive research by The Lawyer reveals that only 7 per cent of associates found US firms to be the most attractive employers. Only 6 per cent of the 2,886 lawyers polled found US firms appealing as employers. Global UK firms were the most popular, winning […]


A new three-day funds approval regime and the proposal to scrap court involvement in the insurance transfer process makes Guernsey even more appealing to investors. By Christopher Anderson Every offshore jurisdiction walks a fine line between on the one hand having a prudent regulatory environment while remaining a user-friendly place to do business and, on […]

Farrer bins CEO role in management shift

Farrer & Co has scrapped its CEO role in a shake-up of its senior management structure. Farrers’ current CEO Andrew Mills-Baker is standing down after nine years in the role, prompting the search for a chief operating officer (COO) in his stead. The new COO will be charged with implementing firm strategy and leading the […]

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