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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.


Veale Wasbrough raids Cartwrights

Bristol firm Veale Wasbrough has poached a leading property litigation partner from local rival Cartwrights. Nigel Puddicombe will join Veale Wasbrough after 14 years as a partner at Cartwrights, where he currently heads up property litigation. A start date is still being negotiated. Puddicombe’s clients at Cartwrights have included Railtrack. He acts principally for lenders […]


Although there is no single central register, best estimates suggest that there are almost 20,000 lawyers practising in Brussels. Of those, perhaps 700-1,000 are UK-qualified. The vast majority are there to advise on European law. As there is no statutory monopoly on the provision of legal advice, they are able to reside in Belgium and […]

Mourant expands trust outfit

The trust company linked to Jersey law firm Mourant du Feu & Jeune is boosting its share plan administration business with a major acquisition in Croydon. Mourant & Co is taking over the share plan administration business of William M Mercer in the UK, and will become one of the biggest such businesses in Britain. […]

A united Britannic

Britannic, traditionally limited to life assurance services, has dramatically broadened its horizons, effectively making the in-house legal department group-wide. Mary Murphy meets the head of legal to see how she coped with the changes Today’s Britannic is unrecognisable from the company of two years ago. Back then, it dealt solely in life assurance, with all […]

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