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COVID-19: Where now for Employment Tribunals?

Recent reforms to the Employment Tribunal system and a move towards virtual hearings are intended to boost hearing capacity and access to justice. We consider the developments to the pre-existing approach and what this means for employers. Justice in slow motion?

Winding up petitions: High Court guidance

Regulations laid before Parliament yesterday seek to extend the current restrictions on the presentation of winding up petitions to 31 December 2020. However, there will inevitably come a time when these temporary restrictions are lifted.

Covid-19 guidance for courts in Northern Ireland – Civil Actions

On 23 September, the Lord Chief Justice’s Office issued Covid-19 Guidance for Civil Actions which applies to all civil actions in the High Court and County Court from 1 October 2020. This Guidance is an attempt by the Office of the Lord Chief Justice to have the civil courts undertake as much business as possible during the pandemic.

Running a charity at a time of crisis: reputation management tips for the third sector

Charities are undoubtedly invaluable to society, but regardless of their admirable aims, they are not immune to experiencing a crisis. This fact has come sharply into view amid the coronavirus pandemic, with charities currently experiencing , caused primarily by a drop in donations. This financial hit has left charities especially vulnerable, leaving the door open for mistakes and wrong decisions to be made. But there are steps you can take before and during a crisis to shield against reputational fallout


Miners in UK time directive test case

THE CONTENTIOUS EU working time directive will be tested in a British court for the first time this month by Sheffield firm Keeble Hawson Moorhouse, acting for six Yorkshire miners. The six pit deputies, members of Nacods, the mining union, claim RJB Mining has forced them to work more than the 816 hours allowed, under […]

In brief: Pinsent Curtis

Pinsent Curtis is boosting its London office by moving the national head of corporate law down from Leeds. Alan Greenough (left) was lead partner in several recent major deals, including a £360m deal with Newmond and another £145m deal with AM Paper. The Leeds-based firm is hoping to win more international deals following the move. […]

Pierce sends CBE back to Number 10

Gareth Pierce, the high-profile solicitor who successfully fought to release the Birmingham Six, the Guildford Four and battered wife Sara Thornton, has rejected her New Year CBE. Pierce, a partner at BM Birnberg & Co, was given the award in the New Year Honours. When awards are made, recipients are informed and expected to accept […]

In brief: Lord Denning

Lord Denning, the former Master of the Rolls, was described as a “towering figure in the law”, as the Bar Council and Law Society expressed sadness at his death late last week. Denning, Lord of Appeal, left a “lasting imprint” in trust, employment and public law. Dan Brennan and Michael Mathews both expressed sympathy for […]


Tony Patterson of Forsters, assisted by Graham Lloyd-Brunt, advised Guardian Assurance on the sale of three warehouses in London to The Trustees of Henry Smith’s Charity for £4.65m. Peta Dollar of Denton Hall advised the purchasers.

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