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Coronavirus Portugal: Simplified lay-off

The simplified lay-off is an exceptional and temporary measure aimed at maintaining jobs in companies in a business crisis, which may choose between reducing normal working periods and/or suspending employment contracts.

Possibilities for a better London

This year the Silicon Valley comes to the UK (SVC2UK) Summit was held virtually and included a discussion on “London: a ‘Good Growth’ Recovery” between Natalie Campbell, the recently appointed CEO of Belu Water (the social enterprise company which fulfils the water requirements of the UK’s catering sector, giving most of its profits to WaterAid) and Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London.

West of Scotland entering level 4: Implications and FAQs for hospitality businesses

As expected the First Minister announced that hospitality in the West of Scotland and in some Central and Eastern areas* will enter level 4 of the Protection Levels Framework for a three week period as of 6pm on Friday 20 November 2020 effectively locking down hospitality businesses and non-essential retail.


Opting for the open market

As the Law Society announces its plans for a shake-up of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund, Wendy Gray argues the case for getting rid of a mutual fund altogether. Wendy Gray is a sole practitioner. She is challenging the Law Society for the right to seek private indemnity insurance. In late 1996 the Solicitors Indemnity Fund […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 20/1/98

Sidney Michael Eden, 61, former solicitor of Bidborough, Kent, ordered to be restored to the Roll and to pay £357.85 costs. He was struck off in 1972 for, inter alia, failing to keep properly written up books and accounts, failing to attend to the affairs of a client and failing to honour a professional undertaking. […]

Compensation 'clear as mud'

Having this week settled probably my 50th commercial agency law case on the eve of a trial, and having spent four hours yesterday trying to advise on levels of compensation in another matter, I sympathise with Stephen Sidkin of Fox Williams (The Lawyer, 6 January). The issue of how much compensation an agent can claim […]

Le Brasseurs swallows up North & Co

NICHE London NHS casework firm Le Brasseurs J Tickle has widened its commercial business by absorbing its small neighbour North & Co. The merger creates a 57-fee earner practice with a main base in London and another office in Leeds. North & Co’s seven fee earners have moved to Le Brasseurs’ London office in Covent […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Jan Middleton

Jan Middleton was born in Warwickshire in 1957. She is a corporate solicitor for the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and co-chairs the London Boroughs Corporate and Contracts Lawyers Group. What was your first job? Sainsbury’s Saturday girl, aged 16. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? The articled clerk minimum after […]

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