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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.


Litigation Personal Injury 20/05/97

Kent v Lamb – QBD 29 April 1997 Claimant: Kathleen Kent, 67 Incident: Road traffic accident Injuries: Claimant, mother of three grown-up children who has grand- and great-grand children knocked from cycle while riding between jobs as a household cleaner when she was 64. She suffered life threatening head injuries in the accident and now […]

Pach-ing up the clearing system

The Bar’s Pupillage Application Clearing House (Pach) has made it to its second year, but not without some major hiccups. What should have been a major assistance to chambers and students has instead managed to cause upset to both. Students feel the scheme is devised entirely to assist chambers, while chambers are finding any number […]

Rival property centre groups in discussions

THE TWO rival groups which are planning to establish national networks of solicitors property centres have held “constructive talks” on a possible collaboration. But, while negotiations are afoot between the Law Society-backed Solicitors Property Network (SPN) and Conquest Legal Marketing’s Solicitors Property Centres (SPC), the two rivals are continuing to promote their separate schemes. Last […]

CLSA urges appeals avalanche to reverse LAB phone 'policy'

THE Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association (CLSA) is protesting against an alleged Legal Aid Board drive to reclassify duty solicitor phone calls to police stations at a lower rate, by urging its members to overwhelm the board with appeals. Last week The Lawyer revealed accusations by Eastbourne solicitor Rodney Warren that the Brighton LAB was introducing […]

Bar anti-ageism rule on the cards

A BAR Council working party set up to tackle ageism in the profession is calling for a clause explicitly outlawing age discrimination to be incorporated into the Bar’s code of conduct. The group’s chair, Martin Bowley QC, has written to Robert Owen QC, chair of the Bar Council, calling for the new clause following the […]

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