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Monitoring staff in the workplace: Is it legal?

By Philip Pepper Following the news that retail giant, H&M, was fined £32.1million for illegally monitoring its employees in Germany, questions have arisen regarding what is acceptable in terms of surveillance in the workplace. With many people now working from home, and those in the workplace having to follow COVID-19 guidelines, keeping on top of what […]

Legal collaboration in the age of COVID-19

The legal field is undergoing a shock to the system because of COVID-19 and the quarantine orders that have come with it. This unprecedented situation has lawyers pivoting to conducting virtual meetings, hearings, and even court appearances. Federal and state courts have closed and sent employees home to work, creating delays and backlogs that will continue even after […]

The skills that matter when it comes to remote working in the legal sector

By Jack Binns M.A. Businesses of all kinds have been shaken up over the course of 2020, and those in the legal sector are no exception. As things stand the future is far from clear but whatever happens going forward, it’s looking like remote work is here to stay for most. Working remotely, or telecommuting […]

Combating both a No-deal Brexit and coronavirus restrictions – How to keep ahead

By Nick McEwen UK Businesses are well aware that they are facing the double challenge of Brexit and coronavirus whilst standing on the shifting sands of the ever-changing government stances relating to the twin perils with the consequential effect on their ability to do business. Agility is the key to survival when even sound contingency […]

Impact on the management of tax and social security obligations

By Tiago Marreiros Moreira, João Riscado Rapoula Are there any transitional social security measures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19? Regarding social security contributions to maintain jobs due to the impact of the COVID-19, the following measures were announced: Reduction of 1/3 of social security contributions due in March, April and May 2020; Payment of […]


The Lawyer Inquiry: Martin Polden

I write with reference to the letter from Miss Castle “Training cap is needed” in your edition of 14 February. The powers of the Law Society under the Solicitors Act relate to qualifications to be obtained by individuals. They are about standards to be achieved, not numbers who achieve those standards. If we were to […]

In brief: New PSA chair to fight for patent reform

Fighting London’s corner as a centre of intellectual property law excellence is the priority of the newly-elected chair of the Patent Solicitors’ Association. Taylor Joynson Garrett partner Richard Price will be working for reform of procedure in the Patents Court to help it compete with increasing competition from specialist courts in Germany, the Netherlands and […]

Is it time to season law with politics?

Some will look askance as another import from North America takes root on our soil. But political lobbying or ‘political advocacy’ as its proponents this side of the Atlantic like to refer to it, may be a new practice development area. City firm Lovell White Durrant has just formally set up its service. Two years […]

Doughty Street recruits four

Geoffrey Robertson QC’s Doughty Street chambers is boosting its criminal practice by taking on four additional barristers. David Farrington and David Bentley join the chambers from Andrew Mitchell’s chambers at 171 Fleet Street. The addition of Paul Bogan from David Barnard’s chambers at 33 Bedford Row and Hugh Barton from Walter Aylen QC’s chambers in […]


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