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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


Video plans dangerous say lawyers

LAWYERS have voiced concern that the use of videoconferencing to examine witnesses at trial and conduct prison interviews will be abused. Solicitors involved in the pilot scheme at three prisons – in Bristol, Manchester and Swindon – say there is a serious risk of conferences being monitored. Andrew Catzen, a partner at Moss & Co, […]


Kent-based firm Brachers has been advising Eurotunnel on the development of its strategic partnership with BAA. The deal has secured a 15-year contract for BAA’s subsidiary, World Duty Free, to manage and develop Eurotunnel’s retail factilities at its terminals in Folkestone, Kent and Coquelles. It is expected to generate more than £100m a year in […]

Spandau Ballet latest band in royalties tiff

Four members of the 1980’s pop sensation are waging war against a fifth member for royalties. Roger Pearson reports. FORMER pop icons Spandau Ballet are now waiting to hear the outcome of a bitter wrangle over royalties. Judgment has been reserved in the acrimonious Chancery Division action, in which three ex-members of the 1980’s chart-topping […]

Stalker on the internet

LOS ANGELES prosecutors have brought the first case of “cyber-stalking”, or harassment by computer. The prosecution is against a spurned security guard who posted advertisements on the internet in his victim’s name – claiming she was “into rape fantasy and gang-bang fantasy” – including her address, phone number and instructions on how to bypass her […]

Four link up in u154m Kuwaiti acquisition

FOUR FIRMS – Wragge & Co, Pinsent Curtis, Dibb Lupton Alsop and Lovell White Durrant – have advised on the u154m acquisition of a group of Kuwaiti businesses. The deal, backed by venture capital giant 3i, will turn the businesses into one major company called The Mettis Group, which will focus on the aerospace and […]

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