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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.


Ashurst’s cat call

It’s not all nose to the grindstone in the City, you know. Tulkinghorn learnt the other day that those lovely chaps over at Ashurst recently gave one of its IP lawyers enough time to eat, sleep, see daylight occasionally and pen her first book. The firm was so impressed with the talents of Inbali Iserles […]

Foot Anstey aims high with Serpell merger

South West firm Foot Anstey Solicitors has merged with Plymouth’s Serpell Eaton Solicitors. Ten-lawyer Serpell specialises in commercial property, private client and charity law. Two Serpell partners, Caroline Mitchell and Nigel Coveney, will join Foot Anstey as partners, taking the firm’s partnership count to 30. Founding partner Greg Serpell will join Foot Anstey as a […]

Associate lockstep a thing of the past as Howrey looks to ability

Howrey is set to shift its associate compensation away from lockstep and towards a skills-based system. The firm aims to introduce a new remuneration system on 1 January 2008, the beginning of its financial year. Howrey managing partner and chief executive Bob Ruyak said it had become clear over the past three years that a […]

Rational security

With new legislation, the US government hopes to make foreign investment more easily accessible and accountable – something it considers to be important for a safer and more prosperous future. By David Marchick and David Fagan On 26 July US President George Bush signed into law the Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007, […]

Scots firm says Sir Alan to blame for tribunal overload

Scottish law firm Muir Myles Laverty (MML) has blamed bosses copying the brash style used by Sir Alan Sugar on television programme The Apprentice for the rise in the caseload of employment tribunals. The firm claims that Sugar’s catchphrase, “You’re fired”, in the show known as, “the job interview from hell” is being copied by […]

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