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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.


CGNU slashes legal panel to four firms

Insurance giant CGNU has dramatically overhauled its property investment panel, slashing it from 16 firms to four, and dropping Clifford Chance in the process. The winning firms are Berwin Leighton, Hammond Suddards Edge, Nabarro Nathanson and Penningtons. CGNU is the second-largest property investment company after Prudential. Morley Fund Management, the CGNU subsidiary that manages its […]

A View from Germany

Despite ongoing struggles arising from the economic implications of reunification, Germany continues to be the strongest economy in Europe and one of the largest economies in the world. The strong domestic market has never prevented German companies being highly export-orientated. For decades the motor for the economy has not been the domestic, but rather the […]

Fountain Court boosts clerk count

Magic circle set Fountain Court is taking on three new clerks, including one from rival One Essex Court. John Clements will join from One Essex Court, and two further junior clerks at the bottom end will bring the total count to 11. Clements has been at One Essex Court for 12 years and will leave […]

Orrick loses London chief as DLA swoops

Question mark hangs over Orrick’s troubled London office as Johnson is latest key partner to quit National firm DLA is circling the London office of San Francisco-based Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe as it successfully pulls off a deal with the office’s managing partner. Orrick’s London managing partner and project finance specialist Ian Johnson is joining […]

Burton Copeland embarks upon national drive with Liverpool office

White-collar crime firm Burton Copeland opens its new Liverpool office today (19 March) as part of a bid to become a national firm. The office will focus on all aspects of white-collar crime cases, and it is hoping to rival Liverpool firms such as Quinn Melville for fraud work. Commercial fraud partner Lesley Burrows, who […]

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