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The Job Support Scheme

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced today that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the Furlough Scheme) will end as planned on 31 October 2020. However, he has provided some much needed relief for employers who have been hard hit by the Coronavirus in announcing the Government’s new initiative to support struggling employers, the Job Support Scheme (the Support Scheme). The stated aim of the Support Scheme is to support viable businesses to retain viable jobs in what will undoubtedly be a continued period of significant economic uncertainty.

Sending in the bailiffs… no longer an option for landlords

On 15 September 2020, the government announced further measures to protect commercial tenants from recovery action by restricting the ability of landlords to recover unpaid rent by utilising the Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery process (“CRAR”).


In brief: TSG considers limited company status

The Trainee Solicitors’ Group (TSG) National Committee is recommending turning the TSG into a limited company. At present liability is conferred on individual committee members. The TSG is the first Law Society group to consider incorporation and the final decision will be made by an Extraordinary General Meeting of the full membership on 27 June.

A choice of career or lifestyle?

Ravinder Chahal sets out to discover whether today’s young lawyers are more concerned with lifestyle than income. Ravinder Chahal is a freelance journalist. If the 1980s were characterised by sharp suits and savage ambition, then the 1990s have been all about self reflection and quality of life. Indeed there has been a gradual recognition of […]

First steps on the ladder

Katherine Minford offers a few tips on how to get onto the first rung of the ladder by winning that all-important training contract. Katherine Minford is a recruitment consultant at Cavendish Boyle Confidential Legal Appointments in Leeds. Graduates face intense competition in securing a training contract with a law firm. Each academic year there are […]

Jakarta crisis halts arbitration plans

Plans to open an international arbitration centre in Indonesia have suffered a set-back as Jakarta-based western lawyers continue to pull out of the crisis-racked country. Nick Stone, an insurance and arbitration specialist and a recent recruit to Herbert Smith’s Singapore office as senior consultant, had hoped to set up an arbitration centre based on the […]

Leap year 2000 could stop firms mid-flight

LAW firms intent on guarding themselves against the millenium “bug” and ensuring they are euro-compliant now have to address a third, less well-known problem, according to independent legal IT consultant Neil Cameron. Cameron believes many software designers will not have taken into account thefact that the year 2000 will be a leap year. This is […]

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