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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


SABMiller nets Lovells relationship partner

Lovells equity capital markets partner Stephen Jones will quit the firm to take up an in-house post at longstanding client SABMiller. Lovells corporate partner Stephen Jones will quit the firm to take up an in-house post at longstanding client SABMiller. Jones has advised SABMiller for the past 15 years, with a career highlight coming in […]

Louise Stonier: Pets at Home

After having opened 20 stores last year Pets at Home is aiming to open 20 more this year, and legal head Louise Stonier and her team have proved key to the company’s success. By Malar Velaigam Pets at Home head of legal Louise Stonier has spent three years establishing Pets at Home’s legal team. The […]

New European Patent Office chief calls for quality

The new president of the European Patent Office (EPO) Alison Brimelow has started her term in office with a vow to improve the quality of patents issued by the office. Brimelow said: “The task now is to make sure that the patents that we grant are relevant. What we need is not more patents, but […]

Links reshuffles finance leadership

Linklaters made a raft of appointments last week, leading to the appointment of a new global head of financial markets and two new practices being launched in Amsterdam. The magic circle firm appointed partner Michael Kent to global head of the financial markets group, with the current chief Paul Nelson stepping down at the start […]

Web week

The Lawyer‘s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@ thelawyer. com. •Bar crawlNow that the Bar Council’s blog ( is up and running, there’s no stopping it. Bar […]

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