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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.


The search for experts

In your recent focus on expert witnesses (The Lawyer, 28 April 1998), you have aired the problem of the identification of suitable experts to act as expert witnesses. In order to improve the specificity of expert selection, a number of bodies, including the Law Society, have set up databases. The problem with these methods is […]


Coudert Brothers acted for City & St James Property on the £11m sale of the Marston Gate development site in Bedfordshire to Frogmore Developments, advised by Titmuss Sainer Dechert.

US work ethic

Elisha Flax says that being part of a US law firm which is based in London brings both rewards and risks. Elisha Flax is a solicitor at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. When I first thought about joining a US firm in London, the questions that crossed my mind were standard concerns: will they […]

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 […]

Linklaters poaches asset finance team in New York

Linklaters has pulled off a multi-million dollar coup by recruiting a highly successful three-partner US asset finance team from White & Case’s New York office. The new partners – Marianne Rosenberg, J Truman Bidwell, former co-heads of White & Case’s New York-based equipment and facility finance group, and Robert Smith, a leveraged lease and project […]

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