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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.

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Litigation firms to discuss tactics for tax reforms fight

LARGE litigation firms waging a campaign against proposed changes to the taxation of professional businesses will meet in private this week to draw up a plan of action. The firms aim to lobby the Inland Revenue over its plan to tax professional partnerships on work as it is done, rather than when payments are received. […]

In brief: Nabarros tax ace joins Beachcroft Stanleys

Leading tax lawyer Christopher Cox joined City firm Beachcroft Stanleys last month as a partner from Nabarro Nathanson, where he was also a partner. Cox will head a new commercial tax practice at Beachcrofts. Cox said the merger talks between Beachcrofts, Bristol-based Wansbroughs Willey Hargrave and Manchester’s Vaudreys had not been a ‘major factor’ in […]

In brief: Bircham & Co boosts private client unit

Westminster firm Bircham & Co has beefed up its private client department with the recruitment of three lawyers from City firms. Peter Davies and his assistant Robert Moore have defected from Nabarro Nathanson’s Reading office. Davies joins as a consultant. Judith Morris also arrives as a consultant after 20 years at Freshfields.

In brief: NYC Brown & Wood partners to work in UK

Two New York-based Brown & Wood partners, Cathy Kaplan and RJ Ruble are to share their time with the firm’s London office in a move to support the firm’s expanding international securitisation practice.

Solicitor attacks duty rota reforms

SUSSEX criminal lawyer Alexander McCulloch has attacked as ‘monopolistic’ and ‘anti-competitive’ the recent changes to the duty solicitor scheme, which he claims prevent him from practising law in the area he chooses. The controversy surrounds ‘reverse linking’, by which a solicitor can only do police station work if he or she is eligible for work […]

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